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October 18, 2021

China’s new weapon?

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 3:48 pm
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Is it even a weapon?  Sadly, I despair that the US will get serious about military and technology development.

October 17, 2021

China is serious about space

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 6:34 am
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Example here.  We need to get serious too. Again, thank God for Elon. (Post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

October 16, 2021

Australia’s new submarines

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 6:24 am
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Where should they be built?  I think this is a pretty strong argument.  However, I also see an argument for diversifying the capability to build these to as many places as possible.

October 15, 2021

Where did our talent go?

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 12:25 am
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There is no way we could do this today.  What have we lost and how do we get it back?

October 5, 2021


Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 9:41 am
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I can’t wait for this to be so common that it isn’t a news story any more.

October 2, 2021

Thank God for the Israelis

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 11:21 am
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Keeping the Iranians in check.  Worth every penny in military aid we send them. (h/t to Jeff “Inch High” Groves)

October 1, 2021

This makes no sense to me

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 8:40 am
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The next Blue Origin sub-orbital flight for tourists will take place in October.  Given the successful first flight recently, how hard would it be to scale the booster up slightly and achieve orbital flight?  It seems like a no brainer thing to do. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger who definitely would want to be on one of these flights.)

September 30, 2021

Build more

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 12:16 am
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The more I read the more I am for selling NASA to SpaceX for a $1. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

September 29, 2021

New engines for the J-20

Filed under: Modeling,Technology — dknights @ 9:21 am
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The real question is are they durable?  This is an interesting development.

Everything old is new again

Filed under: Modeling,Technology — dknights @ 4:44 am
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This reminds me of the plan to use 747s as ACLM launchers.  Given the retirements of the 747s, I would not be surprised to see that idea revived.

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