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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 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 15, 2019

A true hero

Filed under: General — dknights @ 11:31 pm
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Man, this is bravery.

March 11, 2019

I don’t believe it

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 2:15 pm
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Story here.  Frankly, I have noticed a number of these stories in the last 6 months.  The Defense Department and the defense industries aren’t above pushing stories like these to get increased appropriations.  IMHO, the military is will funded, but the funds are wastefully spent.

March 8, 2019

One step closer

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 3:06 pm
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SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule made a safe return today.  Later this summer we should get the first US launched manned mission to space in 8 years. Our long national nightmare is almost over. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

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 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)

March 1, 2019

F-35C is operational

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 2:24 pm
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So says the USN.

February 27, 2019

USMC F-35s in combat

Filed under: Modeling,Technology — dknights @ 4:51 pm
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Looks like the USMC’s F-35s have been used in combat off of one of the LHA “baby carriers”. This is a good demonstration of the value of the B version of the F-35s, allowing lower intensity missions using the small carriers instead of a CVBG.

February 25, 2019

Is this for real?

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 6:20 am
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If it is, it will lead to a amazing advancements.

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