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by kitplane01
Tue Oct 18, 2022 7:34 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Carrier Air Wing 1993 vs today
Replies: 74
Views: 5816

Re: Carrier Air Wing 1993 vs today

STT757 wrote:
The Carrier Air Wings are in transition.

Being added now are the F-35Cs and CMV-22B.

By 2026 they will also include MQ-25A Stingray aerial refueling UAVs.


Are these in addition to or in replacement of other aircraft?

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by kitplane01
Tue Oct 18, 2022 3:30 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Carrier Air Wing 1993 vs today
Replies: 74
Views: 5816

Carrier Air Wing 1993 vs today

A Carrier Air Wing in 1993 was 2 fighter squadrons (VF) of 10–12 F-14 Tomcats 2 strike fighter squadrons (VFA) of 12 F/A-18 Hornets 1 medium attack squadron (VA) 10 A-6E SWIP/TRAM intruders 1 tactical electronic warfare squadron (VAQ) of 4–6 EA-6Bs 1 anti-submarine squadron (VS) of 8 S-3A/B Vikings ...

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by kitplane01
Thu Oct 13, 2022 4:03 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: T-7A Red Hawk News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 236
Views: 48329

Re: T-7A Red Hawk News and Discussion Thread

Boeing has publicly mentioned doing digital design for T-7A pylons in one of my previous links. I looked in https://www.globalsecurity.org/military/systems/aircraft/att-usaf.htm and https://breakingdefense.com/2021/10/t-x-the-sequel-new-tactical-trainer-solicitation-could-reignite-rivalries/ and co...

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by kitplane01
Thu Oct 13, 2022 3:56 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: T-7A Red Hawk News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 236
Views: 48329

Re: T-7A Red Hawk News and Discussion Thread

Why "avoid the FA-50"? That plane seems to be right in the middle of the potential figher-varient-of-the-T-7A market. Any one buying the T-7A fighter variant will of course compare with the FA-50. Maybe the T-7A-light-fighter wins, but it will be in a competition with the FA-50. The answe...

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by kitplane01
Wed Oct 12, 2022 7:44 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: T-7A Red Hawk News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 236
Views: 48329

Re: T-7A Red Hawk News and Discussion Thread

That sounds like what a well run company might do, but not what the Boeing of today does. All your "bad Boeing" examples are programs coming out of the Puget Sound area. I harp on this often because it's true. BDS and BCA has different operational leadership, so often their performance do...

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by kitplane01
Wed Oct 12, 2022 4:59 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: T-7A Red Hawk News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 236
Views: 48329

Re: T-7A Red Hawk News and Discussion Thread

I don't think it's as easy as running some wires and having a plate to which one might bolt on a pylon. The design of the pylon would require costly design and testing including drop tests. And they could not install the pylon mounting hardware and wires without this design and testing work. It's c...

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by kitplane01
Wed Oct 12, 2022 3:34 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: T-7A Red Hawk News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 236
Views: 48329

Re: T-7A Red Hawk News and Discussion Thread

I would expect Boeing to also offer multiple radar options. From their typical business practice, probably two options, maybe three. They do this to foster exclusive deals, promote commonality, and get good prices from radar suppliers. bt Question: Does no part of Boeing Defese make a suitable rada...

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by kitplane01
Wed Oct 12, 2022 3:32 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: T-7A Red Hawk News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 236
Views: 48329

Re: T-7A Red Hawk News and Discussion Thread

LOL, while I do not doubt Boeing will attempt a fighter version of the T-7A. They will not "pre-wire" the frames of a T-7A to be "fighter capable" like one would do in auto production. The phrase is called "fitted for but not with" https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/For_b...

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by kitplane01
Sun Oct 09, 2022 1:19 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Upgrading the F-18 Classics (Really?)
Replies: 15
Views: 2408

Re: Upgrading the F-18 Classics (Really?)

Why does a plane "limited to ground attack squadrons" need an AESA radar? These modern radars are jolly good at picking up ground targets. For a video on the F-35's APG-81 radar, see this video: https://youtu.be/gNhc4y1jPwk?t=93 - it will detect, from the safety of your plane, each and ev...

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by kitplane01
Sun Oct 09, 2022 1:14 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Upgrading the F-18 Classics (Really?)
Replies: 15
Views: 2408

Re: Upgrading the F-18 Classics (Really?)

They should upgrade them with the F404-INS20 engine. Would get you as close to the superlative F-18L as you're ever going to. With those engines, AESA radar and Meteor/Asraam capability it could hang with any of the 4.5 Gen aircraft in the A to A role and could probably even supercruise. The airfra...

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by kitplane01
Sun Oct 09, 2022 1:11 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Upgrading the F-18 Classics (Really?)
Replies: 15
Views: 2408

Re: Upgrading the F-18 Classics (Really?)

Why does a plane "limited to ground attack squadrons" need an AESA radar? I can understand that it might be useful at those few times when they are forced into an air-air situation but (1) when are the Marines fighting while being attacked by enemy aircraft and (2) any enemy that can proj...

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by kitplane01
Sat Oct 08, 2022 5:12 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Upgrading the F-18 Classics (Really?)
Replies: 15
Views: 2408

Re: Upgrading the F-18 Classics (Really?)

The Marines need the F-18 to be viable combat aircraft until 2031, when the transition to the F-35 models will be complete. The upgrades are a small price to pay for that capability. They've ended F-18 carrier deployments, so now are limited to forward ground attack squadrons. Also they still have ...

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by kitplane01
Sat Oct 08, 2022 4:02 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Upgrading the F-18 Classics (Really?)
Replies: 15
Views: 2408

Upgrading the F-18 Classics (Really?)

The Marine Corps is upgrading the F-18C (the classic, not the newer version) with new radars (AESA), tagetting pods, missiles, and radar warning recievers. These upgrades began in Dec 2021. They will be retiring the last Hornet in 2030, and many before that. I don't know what the Marine Corps is spe...

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by kitplane01
Fri Oct 07, 2022 7:04 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Polish Land Forces to order 96 AH-64E Apache
Replies: 130
Views: 10161

Re: Polish Land Forces to order 96 AH-64E Apache

How does an Apache detect a low altitude, small drone at any real range? https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/northrop-conduct-follow-on-testing-for-upgraded-longbow-radar/ During the FOT&E, the modernized LONGBOW FCR successfully demonstrated many new operational modes and capabilities, including m...

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by kitplane01
Fri Oct 07, 2022 6:58 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: T-7A Red Hawk News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 236
Views: 48329

Re: T-7A Red Hawk News and Discussion Thread

Has there been any significant effort to make the T-7A into a light fighter?

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by kitplane01
Thu Oct 06, 2022 9:05 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Polish Land Forces to order 96 AH-64E Apache
Replies: 130
Views: 10161

Re: Polish Land Forces to order 96 AH-64E Apache

Apache isn't just an weapon to destroy tanks. Ask yourself this question: What weapon would you buy to shoot down ultra cheap drones that have a max speed of 100km/h? The Apache has the ability to detect these low altitude drones and have the speed to easily intercept. These have air launched Sting...

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by kitplane01
Sat Oct 01, 2022 3:46 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Tactical Tanker
Replies: 87
Views: 7715

Re: USAF Tactical Tanker

The MQ-25 program has two goals: (1) tanking and (2) reseach into drones-from-carriers. If the only goal was #1 it would be cheaper to just buy more F-18s. A single MQ-25 can offload more fuel at range than two F-18 buddy tankers. So now you have lower purchase price. 1 engine instead of 4. One dro...

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by kitplane01
Sat Oct 01, 2022 12:53 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Tactical Tanker
Replies: 87
Views: 7715

Re: USAF Tactical Tanker

The MQ-25 program has two goals: (1) tanking and (2) reseach into drones-from-carriers. If the only goal was #1 it would be cheaper to just buy more F-18s. :shakehead: Even if the MQ-25 only pass gas, it is still cheaper than buying more F-18 cause you have one less engine and one less pilot to mai...

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by kitplane01
Fri Sep 30, 2022 8:12 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Tactical Tanker
Replies: 87
Views: 7715

Re: USAF Tactical Tanker

The KC-46 costs $239.8 million each. https://www.gao.gov/assets/700/699661.pdf The MQ-25 program cost is $11.1 billion for 76 tankers or $155 million per drone. https://www.fool.com/investing/2021/07/17/boeings-billion-dollar-drone-tanker-takes-flight/ The USAF would happily pay $400 million each f...

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by kitplane01
Fri Sep 30, 2022 8:07 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Tactical Tanker
Replies: 87
Views: 7715

Re: USAF Tactical Tanker

Producing the B-21 will cost $20B for the next five years. The USAF is keeping the production count secret, but I doubt its more than 30. I don't know if I would call it "secret". As it stands right now, the USAF has been very vocal about wanting a minimum of 100 and 120 would be better. ...

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by kitplane01
Thu Sep 29, 2022 8:28 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Tactical Tanker
Replies: 87
Views: 7715

Re: USAF Tactical Tanker

As is must fit a refueling boom it has to be much bigger than the MQ-25 drone tanker. The B-21 frame appears perfect in size. The B-2 has around 80% of the fuel capacity of the KC-46 and the B-21 is noticeably smaller than the B-2. So the B-21 might have around half the fuel capacity of the KC-46 w...

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by kitplane01
Thu Sep 29, 2022 8:25 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Tactical Tanker
Replies: 87
Views: 7715

Re: USAF Tactical Tanker

A tanker version of the C-130 (with boom) would obviously have more commonality with what the USAF already flies. Does the KC-390 have much of an advantage? (Yes, it does somewhat better in payload-range, but it's not a huge increase.)

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by kitplane01
Wed Sep 28, 2022 3:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Three Ocean Shipping Company to start Air Freight lines
Replies: 0
Views: 817

Three Ocean Shipping Company to start Air Freight lines

* Mediterranean Shipping Co., the world’s largest container line, will expand into air cargo using four leased Boeing Co. wide-body freighters after missing out in a bid for Italy’s flag-carrier airline. * CMA began flying cargo jets in 2021 and in May, swollen with profits generated during the coro...

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by kitplane01
Sun Sep 25, 2022 4:15 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: No F-22B version
Replies: 60
Views: 5506

Re: No F-22B version

I didn’t think we were talking about upgrading the existing F22s. That does sound economically horrible. I believe we started by saying that f22 production could have continued by pre buying soon to be discontinued chips. I think we have agreement??? Crudely summarizing, soon to be discontinued chi...

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by kitplane01
Sat Sep 24, 2022 10:51 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: No F-22B version
Replies: 60
Views: 5506

Re: No F-22B version

From what I can see, the part is not being used by industry any more. They have another part that has the same fit but with more functionality that's more widely use. And even at $100 a piece, it is not worth keeping making them when we only consume about 10 a month. If push comes to shove, we can ...

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by kitplane01
Sat Sep 24, 2022 10:49 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: No F-22B version
Replies: 60
Views: 5506

Re: No F-22B version

… "politics stopped me from buying ahead" isn't really a good answer. Unfortunately, the government is full of “not good” answers. It’s just how the system is set up. No one is saying what you’re saying isn’t physically doable - it is. But it’s absolutely not economically doable. The syst...

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by kitplane01
Sat Sep 24, 2022 6:45 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: No F-22B version
Replies: 60
Views: 5506

Re: No F-22B version

However, LM has lots of warehouses, if you want to buy a few for future needs. I still want to know how the current F-22s are being supported. I told you, the DLA. They hold all legacy components for program sustainment. and LM uses that material per awarded contracts to sustain the aircraft. https...

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by kitplane01
Sat Sep 24, 2022 6:37 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: No F-22B version
Replies: 60
Views: 5506

Re: No F-22B version

Really hard to pick sides, here. On one side is the cogent, well-reasoned argument made by well informed people citing logical hardware, coding, and supportability flaws in the program which prevented “future-proofing” and prevented future growth. Flaws which are so well known they are industry pos...

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by kitplane01
Sat Sep 24, 2022 5:57 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: No F-22B version
Replies: 60
Views: 5506

Re: No F-22B version

I don't believe this. If the air force wanted to continue to build more F-22s, it would have been easy to buy a few thousand i960s and other ICs as the production was winding down. In fact, I rather hope they did because the existing fleet need to be supported. Seriously, if Intel calls up and says...

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by kitplane01
Fri Sep 23, 2022 5:18 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: No F-22B version
Replies: 60
Views: 5506

Re: No F-22B version

Just for comparison, the early 1970's Mig-25M (2 prototypes) which had R15BF2-300 engines which fixed the overspeed issues, gave legitimate mach 3.3 top speed, and had a lot more power (32k lbs thrust). Demonstrated 1200 nmi combat radius at mach 2.35 cruise with 4x1000 lb AAM's, 80,000 ft combat c...

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by kitplane01
Fri Sep 23, 2022 5:16 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: No F-22B version
Replies: 60
Views: 5506

Re: No F-22B version

No, production was curtained because a number of critical components in the F-22's avionics went out of production from various subcontractors, and there was no quick and cheap way of finding an alternative part or supplier to provide said components. Basically, the F-22 has a very bad case of lock...

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by kitplane01
Fri Sep 23, 2022 2:16 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: No F-22B version
Replies: 60
Views: 5506

Re: No F-22B version

No, production was curtained because a number of critical components in the F-22's avionics went out of production from various subcontractors, and there was no quick and cheap way of finding an alternative part or supplier to provide said components. Basically, the F-22 has a very bad case of lock...

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by kitplane01
Sun Sep 11, 2022 6:16 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022
Replies: 337
Views: 40692

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022

zanl188 wrote:
T-Mobile to provide cell service to existing cell phones thru Starlink satellites. In Beta starting next year.


Can you share more? How does an existing 5G phone talk to satellite in space? Surely the sat cannot have a license to broadcast on the 5G frequencies down to earth?

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by kitplane01
Thu Sep 08, 2022 5:20 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments
Replies: 496
Views: 55615

Re: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments

In fairness RJMAZ, Artemis really only became a defined program fairly recently, in the past 5 years. It wasn't only political interference, a tug of war over funding COTS and SLS that caused delays, a lack of a defined mission did not help SLS. But isn't this how it always is these recent decades?...

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by kitplane01
Thu Sep 08, 2022 5:18 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments
Replies: 496
Views: 55615

Re: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments

I personally find these comparisons with Starship to be way off the mark. ... SLS may be a technical dead end (only if reusability at these kinds of scale and energy ever become doable, which is far from a thing yet), but at the moment, it is the only way to send humans to the moon. In 20 or 30 yea...

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by kitplane01
Thu Sep 08, 2022 2:54 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments
Replies: 496
Views: 55615

Re: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments

Please do not alter or twist my thoughts and words to suit your purpose. That is an extremely lame form of argument, that is responsible for much of the misinformation put forward on this subject. You should be able to formulate and express your own independent thoughts & points, without co-opt...

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by kitplane01
Thu Sep 08, 2022 7:11 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments
Replies: 496
Views: 55615

Re: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments

The goal is not to spend about $100B to get new footprints on the moon. The goal is long term cheaper access to space in quantity. SLS does not move us toward that goal. Resuable rockets like Starship do. You can write about how Starship with it's lower ISP fuel has trouble with deep space missions...

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by kitplane01
Thu Sep 08, 2022 5:55 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments
Replies: 496
Views: 55615

Re: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments

IF SLS can send payloads on direct trajectories in a single launch why is it that they need a modified version of Starship to land and return astronauts from the moon? How is Starship getting out of orbit? Do a little research. You will see that the lander is launched in to lunar orbit and only the...

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by kitplane01
Thu Sep 08, 2022 5:49 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments
Replies: 496
Views: 55615

Re: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments

I'm saying that you misunderstand. I don't want SpaceX to make the SLS (though I'd be my house they would do a better job than NASA). I'm saying I want SpaceX to make Starship, or Falcon Heavy ... and if you really want to go to the moon with fragile humans to use Starship. or Falcon Heavy. Don't t...

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by kitplane01
Thu Sep 08, 2022 1:48 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments
Replies: 496
Views: 55615

Re: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments

bobinthecar wrote:
I bet your vision of the 20 years from now future includes nothing like the SLS, and a lot like Starship.



No matter how you spin it ULA is fleecing the government.


Actually, I'd guess that profits for ULA are just not that high. Also, they are not the low cost provider :-)

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by kitplane01
Thu Sep 08, 2022 1:46 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments
Replies: 496
Views: 55615

Re: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments

This again is a misunderstanding. The design goal of SLS is to maximize characteristic energy (C3) delivered to a given payload on orbit. Starship design goal is reusability. These are opposing trade constraints for any rocket. SLS gives up reusability for C3. Starship gives up C3 for reusability. ...

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by kitplane01
Thu Sep 08, 2022 1:44 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments
Replies: 496
Views: 55615

Re: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments

I believe this argument is largely based on misunderstanding of the industry. At the time SLS was conceived, there was no commercial entity that could have undertaken the project. As I mentioned, it's a fallacy that has taken root amongst Musk supporters, but Musk himself does not make this claim. ...

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by kitplane01
Wed Sep 07, 2022 5:29 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments
Replies: 496
Views: 55615

Re: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments

SpaceX's Starship is to be fully reusable, and no one thinks they spent $25B to develop it. Also, arguably it began serious development in 2017, and 5 years later they have a prototype. This again is a misunderstanding. The design goal of SLS is to maximize characteristic energy (C3) delivered to a...

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by kitplane01
Wed Sep 07, 2022 5:16 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments
Replies: 496
Views: 55615

Re: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments

No one I've met knows the future ... but I think one can make a strong argument that for NASAs launch system "burn it to the ground and contract everything to ULA/SpaceX" would be exactly right. I'd wonder if you would get twice the speed at half the cost. I believe this argument is large...

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by kitplane01
Wed Sep 07, 2022 3:32 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments
Replies: 496
Views: 55615

Re: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments

Second, I politely disagree with how you do math. For the F-35, development costs *should* count. For Artemis, development costs *should* count. And if it's purpose is to put humans on the moon, then the cost of a lunar-rated space suit also counts. Even though NASA plans to spend an astronomically...

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by kitplane01
Tue Sep 06, 2022 8:47 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments
Replies: 496
Views: 55615

Re: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments

Even better, project total costs over some reasonable number of launches. " NASA's spending on its Artemis program, which aims to establish a sustainable human presence on and around the moon by the end of the decade, is projected to reach a total of $93 billion by 2025, according to a new aud...

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by kitplane01
Tue Sep 06, 2022 8:43 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments
Replies: 496
Views: 55615

Re: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments

Math says max efficency is to carry the highest ISP fuel the highest, and burn the lowest ISP fuel as close to the ground as possible. Therefore the LOX+H engines *should* be the ones to throttle back, and the SRBs should be at max power. The efficiency of the stack is the combined efficiency of th...

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by kitplane01
Tue Sep 06, 2022 8:02 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Which countries make jet engines?
Replies: 35
Views: 4216

Re: Which countries make jet engines?

bikerthai wrote:
kitplane01 wrote:
Neither China nor Russia nor have access to the best technology to build jet engines.


See ground rule 2 on the original post.

bt


I remember (I wrote it). I was just arguing what you wrote, not that China and Russia cannot make jet engines.

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by kitplane01
Tue Sep 06, 2022 5:51 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Which countries make jet engines?
Replies: 35
Views: 4216

Re: Which countries make jet engines?

I think the comparison by country / nation is a bit meaningless. Ding Ding. The technology for manufacturing of jet engines do not belong to any individual country but the multinational corporations that builds them. Things like single crystal casting of the turbine blades, to the superplastic form...

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