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March 18, 2019

Nuclear powered rockets

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 9:30 am
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One of the most efficient ways to travel between planets would be nuclear powered spacecraft.  However, treaties banning the introduction of nuclear weapons into space have always been seen as an impediment to such spacecraft.  However, NASA seems to be re-examining the issue. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

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March 17, 2019

737 Max

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 6:49 am
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Interesting article on the 737 Max software issues.  I think it is telling that US flag carriers haven’t had any problems and that the accidents in Indonesia and Ethiopia involve local carriers whose pilot training may not have been as vigorous.

March 16, 2019

NASA budget

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 6:19 am
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Interesting story on the latest NASA budget proposal.  (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

March 12, 2019

India-Pakistan analysis

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 9:03 am
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An analysis of the recent India-Pakistan air combat.

March 9, 2019

XQ-58A

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 6:58 am
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Looks like the USAF is testing a jet drone to operate along side conventional fighters.  Hmmm.

March 8, 2019

Fateh SS

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 9:44 am
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I recently joked about the new Fateh class of Iranian submarine. I speculated there was a 50/50 chance it was a mock up built on an under water barge.  Here is some more information on it. (again, h/t to Jeff Groves for the pointer to this site.)

March 7, 2019

Russian nuclear UUV

I’ve previously blogged about the Russian unmanned underwater nuclear drone Jeff “Inch High”Groves has brought an interesting blog post to my attention with more details about this.  Also this blog has some other interesting posts I will be commenting on in the near future.

March 6, 2019

Flexing muscles

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 8:30 am
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The US has deployed a THAAD unit to Israel.  The stated reason is a quick deployment exercise.  I have to wonder if maybe there isn’t another underlying reason.

March 5, 2019

More India-Pakistan

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 5:58 am
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A New York Times article on the antiquated equipment of the Indian armed forces.

March 4, 2019

The US has manned spaceflight capabilities again (almost)

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 10:01 am
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It is nothing short of a national disgrace that for a number of years, the US has been reduced to paying the Russians for rides into space.  That this was allowed to happy is something that NASA should forever be ashamed of.  However, we are now close to the US having its own manned spaceflight capability restored, thanks to private industry.  SpaceX has flown an (unmanned) manned crew capsule to the ISS. Later this year, it should fly with a full crew.  Thank God. (post in memory of Mike Nofsiniger)

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