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June 12, 2021

A private space mission

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:55 pm
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A December crew dragon mission will take a private space crew to the ISS.  The times we live in. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger who would be on the list for sure.)

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 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.


Commies land on Mars

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 12:43 am
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Commies land on Mars. (h/t to Jeff Groves)

April 30, 2021

More UFOs

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 2:32 pm
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More on the impending release of the government UFO report. (post just for Jeff “Inch High” Groves)

April 29, 2021

The Roc is airborne again

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 3:23 pm
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This is good news.  I was worried after Paul Allen died, that it would never be used.

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