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July 15, 2021

Poland buys M1s

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 10:20 pm
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A good purchase in my opinion.  (h/t to Steven Lee for the pointer)

June 17, 2021

Chinese space success

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:22 pm
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I noted here that the Chinese had launch their first manned space mission in 5 years. The three man crew successfully reached the Chinese space station module.  The race is on. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

Space race

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 12:13 am
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The space race is on.  China just launched the first three astronauts to the first module of their space station.  They will spend the next few years constructing it.  China is serious and we need to be too. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

June 9, 2021

Sonic booms

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 10:09 am
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I am betting these are sonic booms.  But, from what?  Someone is testing something.

June 7, 2021

MQ-25 first tanking

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 3:45 pm
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The USN announced that they had conducted the first aerial tanking to refuel a manned aircraft. (an F-18).  I am still puzzled by this use of a UAV.  It would seem much more useful in a combat role.  However, it may be that the MQ-25 may eventually become multi-role and this is the way to introduce it into service and gain experience with it.

June 4, 2021

Why?

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 11:46 am
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Why? When will the West learn that the CCP are not our friends and that the scientists and students who come over are doing so as an arm of the CCP.

June 3, 2021

Big, if true.

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 2:47 pm
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Elon Musk claims that SpaceX is cranking out a Raptor rocket engine every 48hrs.  If that is true it is an amazing production feat.  It is also what is required to get to the level of spaceflight that the US needs. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

June 2, 2021

There is no assurance of safety in space

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 9:54 am
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Space is an inherently dangerous place.  This was demonstrated in a small way by this story.  In addition, the story contains a nice summary of Canada’s space contributions.

June 1, 2021

More of this, please.

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 11:48 am
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These types of tests need to be conducted a lot more often, especially by the seaborne forces of the USN and our allies.  If you would have peace, prepare for war.

May 20, 2021

Do I owe Bob Lazar an apology?

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 8:28 am
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I am not sure yet, but it looks more and more possible.

 

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