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July 10, 2020

Submarines: The future or the past?

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 12:37 pm
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If the technologies in this article ever get developed, then the submarine may have outlived its usefulness.  This would be both good and bad for US interests.  It would make one of the legs of our nuclear triad more vulnerable, but it also would mean that our CVNGs would be less vulnerable.

The F-35 and the NFWS (Topgun)

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 9:48 am
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The F-35 is now showing up at the NFWS, which has caused them to upgrade their syllabus. Interesting article.

July 8, 2020

Unmanned fighters

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:38 pm
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Looks like the USAF is fully committed to these.  A 2023 initial deployment would be an amazing accomplishment and would completely change risk analysis in regard to kinetic use of force.

Now this sounds interesting

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 2:34 pm
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Lightweight armor could have all sorts of interesting uses.

July 7, 2020

Green Mars

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 3:15 pm
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Very interesting. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

Not every shot can succeed

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 11:03 am
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Always disappointing when a launch fails to achieve orbit.  However, the fact that we are making many more launches, means there will be more failures.   Hopefully, Rocket Lab will figure out what failed and get it fixed. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

One of these days

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 9:21 am
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It isn’t going to be a rock 5 feet across. It will be a rock 500 feet across.  It won’t be the equivalent of 165 tons of TNT, but 165 megatons of TNT. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

July 2, 2020

Space Force

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 10:30 am
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It appears that the US Space Force is more open to the use of reusable rockets to launch their sensitive payloads.  This makes sense given that SpaceX has proven the reliability of such items.  Hopefully this will lower the cost of our operations. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

July 1, 2020

Elon thinks big

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 1:41 pm
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Story here.  All I can say is I hope he hurries up. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

Seaplanes

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 11:08 am
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An interesting article arguing that the USN needs to look at reviving the seaplane as a strategic disruptor in the Pacific.

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