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Ten Forward / Re: RIP Green
« Last post by Starfox1701 on January 16, 2024, 01:37:34 pm »
candle lite
Ten Forward / Re: RIP Green
« Last post by KAT Chuut-Ritt on January 16, 2024, 01:05:46 pm »
Here's a toast to the host of those who love the vastness of the sky,
To a friend we send a message of the brave who served on high.
We drink to those who gave their all of old
Then down we roar to score the rainbow's pot of gold.
A toast to the host of those we boast, the U.S. Air Force!

RIP Green  (Air Force Col. Joe Callahan) as you enjoy your personal ultimate victory in the Heavens.

You have better wingmen than me to fly with you now in the afterlife.
Ten Forward / Re: RIP Green
« Last post by Lono on January 16, 2024, 10:39:05 am »
Thanks for letting us know. We will keep her and her family in our prayers.
Ten Forward / RIP Green
« Last post by Sirgod on January 16, 2024, 09:35:50 am »;u=115

Green, or Joe Callahan was an upstanding member of our community, alas, he lost his battle with Cancer last night. His wife Felicia let us know this morning.

A moment of silence, for the Air Force General whom we all came to know and love, not only for his wit, but his timeless tactics in SFC.

Please send prayers for his family.
Engineering / Re: Interesting stuff about SpaceX Starship (hate the name)
« Last post by Nemesis on January 11, 2024, 02:21:52 pm »
Vulcan flew successfully but the payload propulsion has caused issues (not the fault of ULA) so the lunar lander won't be landing, last I heard they were considering backup options to make some use of its science abilities from space.

There are people crowing about how the Blue Origin BE-4 engine is the first methalox engine to achieve orbit.  First of course since only the 1st stage has methalox engines none of them actually achieved orbit and second without the SRBs in addition to the BE-4 engines (2) the Vulcan wouldn't have got off the ground. 

Vulcan will be competing with Falcon 9 mostly to start and is substantially more expensive to fly.  Non reusable with plans to (maybe) one day recover the 2 BE-4 engines for reuse but nothing else to my knowledge.   Don't expect many to fly per year, it won't be flying as often as Falcons.

Blue Origin has rolled out a "complete New Glenn booster".  I put it in quotes because the inter stage unit to connect to the 2nd stage is not a flight capable unit.  No insulation and no control surfaces.  The "engine unit" is totally covered but has no aft control surfaces, looks like no landing legs and if there are engines you can't see any sign of them.  Most likely just a test unit for cryo tests and maybe static fires if they have any engines (they need 7). 

If this booster ever flies it will need a lot of work just to be in condition to try a sea landing (I don't think they yet have a drone ship to land on).  I seriously doubt that this one will fly.  Allegedly they have 3 more under construction. 
Starfleet Command Mods / Re: Assigning carrier load outs.
« Last post by Starfox1701 on January 10, 2024, 02:58:14 pm »
How did you put DroM on fighters?
Starfleet Command Models / Re: Looking for missing FoaS_XC models
« Last post by Starfox1701 on January 08, 2024, 01:32:49 pm »
I have a bunch of fighter and bomber models ready for release but I'm having trouble stating them in the Fighter text document. How do I setup dogfight drones and type III drones? also does SFC have K-torps?
Engineering / Re: Interesting stuff about SpaceX Starship (hate the name)
« Last post by Nemesis on December 30, 2023, 12:24:18 pm »
SpaceX has had 98 launches in 2023, short of their planned 100.  This last  Falcon Heavy launch blocked several planned Falcon 9 with all its delays tying up the rocket transporter that takes weeks to readjust to and from the Falcon Heavy configuration.  Still VERY impressive especially with most of them being already flown boosters.  They plan 140 launches next year, whether that will be reduced if Starship goes into operation with its higher payload I wouldn't try to predict.

Currently looks like the 3rd Starship (SN28 and BN10) will be in March.  They just (within hours of each other) did a single engine static fire for SN28 and a 33 engine static fire for BN10, both successful tests.  SN28 has had test opening and closing of the cargo slot so this one seems to be planning to be launched without welding it closed.  The question is will it have any Starlink 2 satellites (or even mass simulators for them) when the launch occurs?

Vulcan has slipped to January 8th with the 2nd not till April where it is planned to carry Dreamchaser, the Sierra Nevada mini shuttle.  Proving my prediction that they wouldn't launch multiple Vulcans in quick succession after the 1st launch without at least a month or two to analyze data from the prior launch successful or not.

New Glenn is now only showing 1 launch and that in August, 3rd year in a row cancelling their late December debut launch again as I expected.  The other 2024 launches no longer show up on the schedule I'm using.

I have seen one unsubstantiated claim that Blue Origin may buy ULA.  If so and assuming that BE-4 and Vulcan work it would finally give them orbital capability but knowing Bezos he would start calling the history of ULA and all the companies that went into them as  Blue Origin history.  I hate it when companies do that. 

2024 ought to be eventful in the Space industry especially if all the planned new vehicles become functional.  Starship, Vulcan, New Glenn, Arianne 6 and several others in various stages as boosters.  The Starliner capsule if it works and isn't cancelled as a white elephant.  Dreamchaser for cargo to and from orbit and the ISS with the potential in the future to be manned.  Who knows what the Chinese and Indians will do as well?   There are some fairly novel things in the works. 

HAPPY NEW YEAR! to all. 
Engineering / Re: Interesting stuff about SpaceX Starship (hate the name)
« Last post by Nemesis on December 27, 2023, 10:07:19 pm »
The booster used for Crew Demo for the first SpaceX manned mission to the ISS recently flew and landed its 19th mission.  On the way back to port under heavy seas (10-20' waves) it toppled and broke in 2.  R.I.P..

Engines are expected to be salvaged.

UPDATE:  Nothing much really but apparently since this on was built 3 1/2 years ago they have added automatic leveling to let them handle waves better so a newer unit might have survived.
Engineering / Re: Interesting stuff about SpaceX Starship (hate the name)
« Last post by Nemesis on December 23, 2023, 12:09:29 pm »
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