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January 15, 2021

Who knew?

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 5:09 pm
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If you make a place hellish to live, people will leave.

Finally

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 1:23 pm
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Finally, I am living in the time of routine commercial spaceflight.  I thought I would see this after 1969. Never imagined it would be 50 years later. Latest story here. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger, who I am sure would be as pleased as I am.)

January 13, 2021

SpaceX does it again

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 11:39 pm
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December 31, 2020

MiG-41

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 1:30 am
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Is going to fly in 2025.  Do I believe this? I do not.  Do I think this is motivated by the announcement that the next generation US fighter is already in prototype form?  Yes, yes I do.

December 30, 2020

A long shot

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:33 pm
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The US Army just achieved a pretty amazing milestone.  An PGM artillery shot from 43 miles away.  It seems as if our military is pulling further and further ahead technologically.  Now, if we can just keep China from stealing all of it.

December 28, 2020

I have questions

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 11:49 am
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Story here.  This sounds amazing. And there isn’t any reason it shouldn’t work. A 400 times yield increase has to come with some sort of trade-off and I am wondering what it is.  If it is scalable, you certainly could all but eliminate hunger and the worry of over-population in the foreseeable future.

December 21, 2020

Remember when I said the US should

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 5:35 pm
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sell NASA to Elon Musk for a dollar?  It is because of things like this, and this. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger, who’d be as mad as I am at idiocy like this.)

December 18, 2020

Sell NASA to SpaceX

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 12:55 pm
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For a dollar.  Then give SpaceX 3/4 of the budget we give NASA each year.  The government saves money, and we get a competent space program. Story here

December 17, 2020

This post is for Jeff Groves

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Story here.

December 15, 2020

Chinese moon rocks

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 12:45 pm
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A Chinese probe is bringing back rocks from the far side of the moon.  It is a very impressive technical accomplishment.  The Chinese are serious about space.  Thank God Elon Musk is, because the rest of the US government seems oblivious. (Post in memory of Mike Nofsinger, who would agree with every word)

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