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September 20, 2021

Congrats to SpaceX (yet again)

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 11:35 am
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SpaceX launches, orbits and recovers the first all civilian space crew.  This is big.  Also, nice to see St. Jude getting some donations from the flight.  I’ll say it again. Thanks God for Elon Musk!

September 17, 2021

The Chinese are serious about space

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 12:03 pm
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And we need to be too.

Example 1

Example 2

Now, none of this is stuff the US hasn’t done, but the Chinese have already caught up technologically in a lot of areas.  There is no reason to believe that they won’t catch up in space, and quickly.

September 15, 2021

F-117

Filed under: Modeling,Technology — dknights @ 2:34 am
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Good to see the F-117 getting used in this manner.  I always thought we “retired” them too quickly.

August 10, 2021

Space stuff

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 2:46 pm
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ULA and Blue Origin are having trouble delivering engines for their new launch platform.

The Chinese are looking to build a moon lander.  Hopefully Elon will get there before them.

A Russian rocket is going to fall out of orbit and burn up. (metaphor alert)

(All links in memory of Mike Nofsinger who would love the crap out of all of this.)

August 8, 2021

Su-75

Filed under: Modeling,Technology — dknights @ 12:44 am
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The Checkmate.  It is just a mock up at present.  Apparently it is solely for the export market.  It is an attempt to make something cheaper than the Su-57.  We’ll see if it ever gets built.

August 6, 2021

Get out of Elon’s way

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 12:31 am
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This is crazy.  We need to get the government out of Elon’s way and let him do what he does, as fast as he can.  Have we learned nothing so far? (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger, who would be as pissed as I am about all this.)

August 3, 2021

I love the Avro Lincoln

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:46 pm
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I am not a huge Lanc fan, but I love the Lincoln.

July 27, 2021

How the mighty have fallen

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 12:02 am
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MiG isn’t what it use to be.

July 20, 2021

Bezos joins the billionaire space club

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:30 pm
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Congrats Jeff. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

July 13, 2021

ISS gets an upgrade

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 5:02 pm
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The ISS is getting a new Russian science module.  The interesting part to me is that instead of adding to the ISS, the old science module will be detached and de-orbited.(post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

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