Re: The downsides of Landy ownership...
You do know how the oil refill indication works on a LR right? If it stops leaking it needs more oil.
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You do know how the oil refill indication works on a LR right? If it stops leaking it needs more oil.
Yes, if its fired from orbit its banned. Specifically the treaties ban ANY weapon system that follows a non ballistic trajectory. A weapon system is not allowed to get into a state where it would continue to orbit without the use of an engine. Thus, yes, fitting a weapons system to the X-37 would be in clear violation of the weapons treaties.
@AC, If they are fired from orbit, they are space based weapons. It doesn't matter if they STAY there. (Eventually few sattelites do. Granted it'll take a couple of millenia)
I doubt even the US is brazen enough to break the international bans on spacebased weapon systems.
Doing laundry on the ISS would probably involve a lot of heavy and maintenance intensive equipment. It's therefore probably just not cost effective to lob a washing machine up there and do the laundry on the ISS.
Looking at the current schedule I'd try to make it a weekandahalf trip around the middle/end of August (15th at Eastbourne, 23rd at Shoreham or Bournemouth.) That way I get multiple chances of seeing it fly (and visit some of the many museums around those parts) Only problem now is that I don't really have the budget to blow on a trip "just to see an airplane" having just bought a house and all that... dangnamit I hate having to set priorities.
Not this year anyway as its not really in the budget. But now I'm considering it.
It'll be a sad day when it touches down for the last time.
The problem is not just the engines. The entire A400M project is just one giant clusterfuck of epic proportions. (Possibly on par with the Joint Strike Fighter program, and thats saying something)
I doubt the aviation authorities in any other country are going to be much faster than the FAA in giving a verdict. Packing up and moving now would probably mean even more lost time.
Civil aviation beaurocracies are just slowmoving entities. Wherever they are located.
Media are having a fieldday over someone overstating their own non-peer-reviewed embiggened "research conclusion". Color me surprised...
(We need a "Nicolas Cage/You don't say" icon)
their old stock of soviet built equipment and technology has dried up
Seriously .
Building rockets from venerable tech of 25 years ago? A likely story.
Most components of the older lines of Soyuz, Progress and Proton rockets are Soviet era. Either in production date (for some of the computer and rocket components) or at least in design and level of technology. The basis of the Soyuz is the R-7 rocket. Most of the components for the structural parts and large parts of the engines will have changed very little from that first basic design. That is in part what gives the older series of Soyuz their great reliability (All those little niggles that plague a new design have been optimised and engineered out).
And yes, there are probably parts being used made in the good old USSR. In that regard they are/were like the americans. Massive overstocks of lots of parts were made to keep people in work, have strategic reserves in case of war, etc, etc. Problem is, stocks of those old parts are starting to run low, some of the production processes needed to produce new parts are no longer available (because we now actually pay attention to environmental and human safety concerns, drawings are lost, they moulds were tossed, etc) or the old farts who just knew how to build those hard to assemble subassemblies with no real documentation in existance are starting to retire and/or croak.
There is a reason the Soyuz, Progress and Proton lines are all getting major refurbs on electronics and component levels and its not just for nice to have eyecandy. Structurally they are fine, in terms of payload to orbit they are fine. Electronics wise they are just getting old. Hence the update program.
However, any update of old technology is going to run into the same problems one would encounter with entirely new technology. And then on top of that the problems and complications from combining new and old technologies. I'm sure the russians will be able to get things back under control, but I'm also convinced we'll be seeing more of that --> before this is all said and done. (Loss of a Soyuz with crew is not likely, they are using the Progress to "proof" any new tech for Soyuz launches)
And yes, I am typing this at 4am, aren't night shifts wonderful...
Roscosmos seems to be heading for a difficult time now that their old stock of soviet built equipment and technology has dried up and they need to reinvent everything. I predict more flaming debris falling from the heavens before they get things under control.
"but in Europe it feels invasive, creepy and insincere"
IMHO that pretty much describes the entire American service industry.
That is just proper evil. I like it
Master locks are total and utter crap. The combination and keyed locks alike. Most of the keyed locks can be very easily bypassed, most of the combination locks can be shimmed. Master is pretty much my LAST choice when it comes to locks.
IMHO flying a drone over or very near a crowd of people is a big NO! DON'T. (And I'd punch anyone trying it). Getting a higher vantage point from a "camera on a boom" would probably work well enough but gives a lot lower chance of someone taking a rotorblade to the face.
It's probably possible to mount the gopro in its watertight housing. Other than that it's not usual to mount it in some sort of dome. It is VERY hard and VERY expensive to make a dome or something that is clear enough not to impact video quality, doesn't give a lot of extra reflections and flare, etc.
From my far from expert opinion there is not much difference in tech. The solo seems to have a slight edge mostly in terms of programming and software, simply by being of a newer design and using the latest Pixhawk. I do however also have some reservations about some of the (over)promised things in the kickstarter like LiDAR an a ballistic parachute system. Both of which seem to me like enormous weight penalties with a payback for only some people.
That, or its a bad case of space meazles.
That's not a landing, thats Lithobraking.
I usually put it as "a great landing is when you can ALSO use the plane again". So you would have to statisfy both criteria of being able to walk away and being able to use the plane again. I would also argue a paraglider is not a plane.
Slow down at apogee and you speed up at perigee without moving the apogee higher. Slow down at apogee enough to hit the atmosphere at (or before) perigee and you reenter. So you definitely speed up before hitting the atmosphere from apogee.
It probably accelerated a bit before it hit the atmosphere proper. (losing altitude over the earth, so converting potential energy into kinetic energy) Once it started slamming into the atmosphere it started decelerating again.
Add to that the fact makerbot took an open-source design, worked on by many and then suddenly decided to go closed-source, alienating a large part of the maker community (Forming I'd say 75% of the market). They shot themselves in the foot with bad business decision after bad business decision.
I'm sure it's survivable, but that violent pitchover after detachment of the cargo section looks VERY uncomfortable.
Apple is just training the first cohorts in doublespeak. Think one thing, say the other. This watch sure is a piece of crap, but ISN'T IT GREAT?
but a very very thin one that is normally hardly woth mentioning. Enough to cause drag on a satelite though
needs to get their heads out of their asses
My job/company involves working with highly sensitive client data. Stuff industrial espionage, hacking and other illegal activities are committed for. The main account for the mechanics/spannermonkeys around here to access work instuctions has it's username and password clearly written out on a large sticker stuck to the front of the PC. Access to the space is not that secure to say the least...
I would bloody well think the airgapped PC doesn't just mount any ol' USB drive. Or has free USB ports at all. And has the mouse and keyboard hard soldered in.
The situation in the Daini plant isn't that bad. The water remaining in the buildings there isn't badly enough contaminated for it to be a problem if released directly into the ocean (possibly after diluting it a bit). It's the radiophobic goverment thats stalling all efferts to get things cleaned there. (And the longer they keep stalling the more difficult things are going to get) The reactors themselves seem to have suffered no further damage.
A lot of the displaced people left voluntarily but didn't have to and can return right now. The japanese culture is unfortunately one heavily suffering from "Hiroshima syndrome" where anything involving radioactivity (even at extremely low levels) is considered extremely dangerous and terifying. It's hard to blame the oldtimers for this, but the youth should be more educated about these matters. This radiophobia is actively hampering any efforts for cleanup and decontamination. There are several areas where people ARE allowed to return and which are perfectly safe, yet people stay away by choice.
It's too early to say how long the site will remain "hot". The design of a BWR reactor and the nature of the incident mean it might be entirely possible to clean things up relatively fast.
Its amazing how the human brain has a hard time processing the hard data, but can instantly see what doesn't match the pattern once you process it into this form. Even cooler that somehow this processing makes it look beautiful to us humans.
Jup, must be hard for the buggers to light a cigarette after the deed is done down there too.
A scale of 0 to 1 dubbed the Guardian? A score of 1 Guardian being complete and utter daftness?
The cover was blown 0.4408 to 0.6613 brontosaurusses into the air.
And where would any of this radiation go in case of an earthquake? The steel of the hull itself is mildly irradiated from the neutron blast of the bomb, most other radionucleides will have washed away by now. The ship itself in unlikely to be filled with large amounts of explosives (and even then it's under several hundred feet of ocean to contain any particulate). So even IF there was an earthquake, the worst that can happen is that it shifts a bit, some radioactive particulate is stirred up and quickly diluted by seawater and maybe some fish ingest just a bit more radioactive dust than usual. most of that will pass straight through them. It'll be just fine. This ship is not something to worry about.
Her keel was laid as a cruiser, but was converted and finished as a light carrier.
Green is the salad dressing bollocks used for marketing. The incentive for the data center is decreasing the utility bill. And that should be all the incentive they need.
That definitely deserves an upvote
They took the (then) state of the art and made a good open source product. Then they proceeded to pick up a 12 gauge shotgun and shoot themselves in the foot by going closed source and alienating most of their userbase. Then they kept shooting by being incompetent at actually designing a good product themselves.
The US is again a bit slow compared to other parts of the world. AFAIK most other countrys have already stopped using the electronic machines (or have never started) as there are simply NO manufacturers who can build machines that meet the criteria for manipulability and reliability.
liberal application of a cattleprod in the PFYs future for starting this whole matter (after he's ordered the kit and dealt with the boss)
or is the guy in that balloon photo REALLY unhappy?
I've never encountered spam on steam. (I also don't have that many friends on there, so that might help)
And I should definitely try making some!
Not much at all except they were one of the first to integrate a decent camera and an "understandable by idiots" interface. This gave them a foot in the door and brand recognition boost. There are whole herds now who equate camera drone with DJI.
Intel is a US based company and thus has to comply with US law or face some rather serious sanctions. No matter if the product never hits US soil. And even if they weren't US based, since the US itself is a very large client/source of income (in terms of lovely R&D money, DoD contracts, etc) they'd be hit pretty hard if they go against the wishes of the US government.
Working in a cleanroom I've come to dub the tour groups who watch us work from outside to be "watching the funny monkeys". Quite who are the monkeys and who is watching who is debatable. I remain convinced those idiots in the suit and tie got the short end of the deal. (Not to mention they don't always look that intelligent with their noses pressed into the window to try and get a better look)
Though its a larger feature size, 3D NAND requires very high overlay accuracy (the line to line accuracy between etching steps) which means yields are probably comparable in that regard