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Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Breaking News: Finnish airlines say dozens of flights to be canceled as crews begin strike - AP http://bit.ly/f4Xnm2
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Posted by Pete Moss at 11/30/2010 07:43:00 AM
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Delta IV Launch United Launch Alliance
Government officials won’t confirm what the satellite is for, but NROL-32’s huge antenna would make it possible to eavesdrop on enemy communications, as the BBC says. Satellite watchers believe it hosts sensitive radio receivers and an antenna spanning 328 feet across, nearly five times the size of the largest commercial antenna ever launched.
“This mission helps to ensure that vital NRO resources will continue to bolster our national defense,” said Air Force Brig. Gen. Ed Wilson, commander 45th Space Wing, after the launch. It had been delayed two days because of a temperature sensor glitch.
United Launch Alliance, a partnership between Boeing and Lockheed Martin, launched the satellite aboard a Delta IV Heavy rocket. It was only the fourth launch for the Heavy since its 2004 debut, which launched a small demonstration satellite. It involves three boosters that provide 2 million pounds of thrust to send 13-ton payloads to geostationary orbit. The other two satellites were also secret spy payloads. Last week, Boeing announced the successful launch of SkyTerra 1, which has a 72-foot-wide antenna reflector, the largest on a commercial satellite. The previous record was TerraStar-1’s 60-foot antenna.
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Specs on the country's military and spy satellites are classified, but NRO director Bruce Carlson, a retired Air Force general, said at a conference in September that NROL-32 would be the biggest satellite in the world.
He added that the current plan for NRO satellite missions “is the most aggressive launch campaign that the National Reconnaissance Office has had in 20 years, almost a quarter of a century,” according to Space.com.
Satellite watchers told SpaceFlightNow and NASAspaceflight blogs they believe the payload is an electronic signals intelligence satellite; there are four already in orbit. ELINT satellites known as Mentor or Advanced Orion have been in service since 1995.
Posted by Pete Moss at 11/23/2010 01:11:00 AM
A decade after they were unceremoniously sidelined, two experimental NASA space planes could be on the cusp of a dramatic comeback. Last week, NASA contractors moved the two, 59-foot-long X-34s from open storage to a test pilot school in California’s Mojave Desert. There, workers from Orbital Sciences, the X-34’s original builder, will inspect the two robotic rocketships with an eye to flying them again. If the X-34s have held up since their 2001 parking, they could help boost America’s tiny-but-growing arsenal of super-fast, inexpensive, reusable spacecraft.
The X-34 program was a product of a mid-1990s space-plane craze (a revival of a movement from the ’60s) that aimed to reduce the number of rocket stages needed to get into orbit. Over roughly a decade, NASA and the Air Force experimented with a number of single-stage vehicles. Some of those programs hit insurmountable technical obstacles. Others proved too expensive. By the early 2000s, almost all of them had gone defunct. After spending $200 million, NASA shut down the X-34 program before the first flight, citing “technical risk” mostly related to the craft’s engines. Moreover, the space agency had lost faith in the whole concept of cheap, single-stage spaceflight.
Then, in 2004, famed aviation designer Burt Rutan and aerospace firm Scaled Composites launched their rubber-fueled Space Ship One rocketship into near-orbit, snagging a $10-million prize and proving that low-cost space access actually was possible. That seemed to reinvigorate government space-plane efforts. Embattled tech reformer Franz Gayl got busy arguing on behalf of a plan to build space transports for the Marine Corps. The Air Force quietly readied its mysterious X-37B “mini-Space Shuttle,” which today prowls orbit on secret errands. Now NASA could get back into the space-plane game in short order, provided the X-34s are still flyable.
Any fresh X-34 test program would likely mirror the abortive efforts a decade ago. A modified airliner would launch the X-34 from high altitude, much like the White Knight motherships launch Rutan’s space planes. The X-34’s own engine would boost it into orbit. After testing, the craft would land like an airplane, ready to be refueled, refurbished and launched right back into space.
Posted by Pete Moss at 11/23/2010 01:04:00 AM
Monday, November 22, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Bloomberg - - 1 hour ago
A Delta Air Lines Inc. plane bound for Moscow from New York City returned to John F. Kennedy International ...
Delta flight makes emergency landing at JFK after blowing out engine ... New York Daily News
Delta plane lands safely at JFK after reports of fire Newsday (subscription)
Plane Is Safe at Kennedy Airport New York Times
Los Angeles Times - 1 hour ago
LOS ANGELES ( KTLA) -- A Delta airlines passenger jet was delayed for several hours at Los Angeles International Airport because a pilot was locked inside ...
FAA: Delta Flight Makes Emergency Landing in Atlanta MyFox Atlanta
Delta Airlines pilot gets locked in cockpit Channel 6 News Online
Posted by Pete Moss at 11/21/2010 10:07:00 PM
Thursday, November 18, 2010
- Analyst: First Dreamliner delivery could be pushed into 2012
Airlines may not take initial deliveries of Boeing's long-awaited Dreamliner until sometime in 2012, according to a Morgan Stanley analyst. In a research note, Heidi Wood says several of the test planes have been brought back to Seattle, indicating that Boeing sees no quick fix for the unexplained fire that broke out during a test flight. "Redesign may be necessary, and it looks like this affects at a minimum the test-flight airplanes, potentially the 28-odd planes already built," Wood wrote. A Boeing spokeswoman says no further test flights will be scheduled until the company completes its investigation into the fire. Bloomberg (11/18)
Posted by Pete Moss at 11/18/2010 02:23:00 PM
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
RC F/A 18E Super Hornet 90mm ARF Jet (OVERSIZE)
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Big scale jet with 90mm fan and scale electronic retracts37-3/8 in. wingspan, 52 in. long, 72 oz. flying weight, 387 sq. in. wing area, dual 360 degree thrust vector nozzles. The jet comes complete with a powerful 90mm fan unit with a 1750Kv outrunner brushless motor pre-installed, and an 85 amp ESC with switch mode BEC. The foam airframe is completely pre-painted and decorated and comes with 9 servos pre-installed. Carbon tubes reinforce the wings. The aluminum landing gear is sprung to absorb some of the landing loads and is retractable. Landing gear are servo-less and do not require end point adjustment; they are actuated by small electric motors and worm drives, and operate at a scale-like speed without the need for slow-down modules. Included is a 7-LED Midnight Flyer lighting system with bright red, green and white LEDs.
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The only items required but not included are a 7-channel radio system and a 6-cell flight battery of about 3700mAh (two 3-cell packs can be used). Assembly is straight forward and each step is covered in the photo-illustrated assembly manual. The programming of the radio is also covered in a step-by-step process. The airframe includes two 360 degree thrust vectoring nozzles for some wild aerobatics and great low-speed, high-alpha handling. Even at very low forward speed the rudder function of the nozzles keeps the model in perfect control. Take-offs are powerful; the fan and motor system produce over 80 oz. of thrust. The jet has a broad speed range with solid handling throughout. It can be flown in a scale manner or take it to the wild side with some all-out thrust vector spins and flips.
Posted by Pete Moss at 11/16/2010 07:46:00 PM
Posted by Pete Moss at 11/16/2010 07:42:00 PM
Boeing confirms new B737-800NG in United Airlines livery successfully completed its first test flight, signifying start of certification for package of 737 performance improvements set to continue through April 2011. Aerodynamic and engine changes included in package to reduce fuel consumption by 2 percent, and to be phased into production mid-2011 through early 2012. Source_1
Posted by Pete Moss at 11/16/2010 03:38:00 PM
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
(P) = Problem (S) = Solution
(P) Left inside main tire almost needs replacement
(S) Almost replaced left inside main tire
(P) Test flight OK, except autoland very rough
(S) Autoland not installed on this aircraft
(P) #2 Propeller seeping prop fluid
(S) #2 Propeller seepage normal - #1 #3 and #4 propellers lack normal seepage
(P) Something loose in cockpit
(S) Something tightened in cockpit
(P) Evidence of leak on right main landing gear
(S) Evidence removed
(P) DME volume unbelievably loud
(S) Volume set to more believable level
(P) Dead bugs on windshield
(S) Live bugs on order
(P) Autopilot in altitude hold mode produces a 200 fpm descent
(S) Cannot reproduce problem on ground
(P) IFF inoperative
(S) IFF always inoperative in OFF mode (IFF-Identification Friend or Foe)
(P) Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick
(S) That's what they're there for
(P) Number three engine missing
(S) Engine found on right wing after brief search
(P) Aircraft handles funny
(S) Aircraft warned to straighten up, "fly right" and be serious
(P) Target Radar hums
(S) Reprogrammed Target Radar with the lyrics
Posted by Pete Moss at 11/10/2010 05:08:00 PM