David Knights' Weblog

November 15, 2018

Hacking the F-35

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 12:31 pm
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An interesting problem given the increasing computerization of modern fighter aircraft.

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737 Max

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 10:24 am
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This report seems to indicate that Boeing screwed up. Not sure how you could install a new safety system and not brief pilots on the change.  I wonder if there is more to the story.

November 14, 2018

Neat find

Filed under: Modeling,Technology — dknights @ 4:41 pm
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Jim Bates sent me this link, in which NASA provides us with files for a lot of 3D printable models.  If these things are scaleable, and I don’t see why they wouldn’t be, then this opens up a bunch of opportunities for 72nd scale space modelers. (Post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

November 12, 2018

Rods from God

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 8:35 pm
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I’ve been interested in this concept ever since I real about it in a Pournelle sci-fi novel.  With space lift becoming so much cheaper, I can see this becoming viable in the next decade.  The US needs to be the one to do it first.

November 9, 2018

Way to go UK

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 5:15 pm
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United Kingdom, that is.  A scientific breakthrough by the Brits.

November 8, 2018

Norway loses a ship

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 6:00 pm
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This is bad news.   Ouch!   Hopefully it can be re-floated and repaired.

Upgraded J-10

Filed under: Modeling,Technology — dknights @ 4:47 pm
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Looks like China has upgraded the J-10 with a thrust vectoring exhaust.  For modelers I wonder if this is a simple nozzle replacement conversion to the Trumpeter J-10, or is it more complicated?

November 7, 2018

Russia’s carrier woes

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 4:50 pm
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I blogged on this previously.  It looks like the Russians may have more problems than at first thought.

November 5, 2018

Starman beyond Mars

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 3:42 pm
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Story here. (Post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

November 3, 2018

Interesting discovery

Filed under: General,Technology — dknights @ 6:04 am
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At Mt. Vernon in northern Virginia.

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