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Aerospace / Re: SpaceX (general discussion)
« Last post by Flyaway on Today at 09:42:04 am »
SpaceX forces Air Force to revise launch mindset

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The emergence of Elon Musk’s SpaceX as a legitimate and competitive player in the space-launch arena has prompted the U.S. Air Force to re-evaluate the way it perceives launch operations, said Brig. Gen. Wayne Monteith, commander, 45th Space Wing.

“SpaceX does not launch on schedule,” Monteith said Sept. 20 during a space warfighting panel at the annual Air Force Association Air Space Cyber Conference. “They launch on readiness.”

This launch-when-we’re-ready-to-go attitude has had an impact on SpaceX operational needs and costs, said Monteith, who also is director of the Air Force Eastern Range, Patrick Air Force Base, Florida.

“They have forced us — and I mean forced us — to get better, infinitely better, at what we do,” he said. “We are adopting commercial business practices and becom[ing] more efficient and more affordable.

“Working with them, we have been able to reduce our main launch footprint by 60 percent and reduce the cost of a single launch by over 50 percent,” he said. “Based on the autonomous flight safety system they developed with us they will help us get to 48 launches a year.”

That number includes launches for all Air Force facilities and right now, he said, the service is conducting about half that launch total annually.
Postwar Aircraft Projects / Re: Grumman FSW X-29 (G-712) and its rivals
« Last post by hesham on Today at 08:43:26 am »
Early artist's impression of X-29, from AvWeek.

The same drawing from Le Fana 147.
From Aerofax; Boeing Helicopters CH-47 Chinook.
Postwar Aircraft Projects / Re: Hamburger HFB-209 & HFB-314 projects
« Last post by hesham on Today at 08:19:46 am »
Nice find Steelpillow.
Early Aircraft Projects / Re: Bristol 159
« Last post by Archibald on Today at 07:55:12 am »
The Bristol 162 "beaumont" exists in an alternate universe: France Fights On.

 Paul Reynaud grows a spine, Vichy France never happens, Pétain dies of stroke, French government moves everything but the kitchen sink to Algiers, WWII ends in 1944, MN Richelieu replace Princes of Wales and helps HMs Hood sinking Bismarck.
Per lack of North Africa industrial base, French engineers are dispatched to the Wallies all across the world, including Bristol...
Early Aircraft Projects / Re: Lancaster high performance derivatives
« Last post by Archibald on Today at 07:50:35 am »
Oh gosh, the colour profile is mine, I did it ten years ago for France Fights On (la france continue la guerre)
The Bar / Re: Rearming the UK: What equipment? and how much?
« Last post by JFC Fuller on Today at 07:22:35 am »
The RN bought two multi-purpose ships, QE and PoW.

the Bay class and Albion/Bulwark along with the Ro-Ro fleet provide the RN with plenty of maritime lift capability.
The Bar / Re: Rearming the UK: What equipment? and how much?
« Last post by Hood on Today at 07:15:16 am »
The RN doesn't need a Juan Carlos as Albion, Bulwark and the Bays provide a floodable dock capability.

That is true but I wasn't saying a floodable dock was essential but rather that the Navy might have got more use from two multi-purpose ships.

The new carriers offer the ability to airlift troops but its not logical to expect, for example, Prince of Wales being able to deploy a couple of companies of Royal Marines and be a fully effective air defence/strike carrier at the same time. Both roles are exclusive in terms of airgroup required and where the ship operates. Having a dozen of F-35s on board for self-defence alongside the Apaches, Merlin 4s and Chinooks is probably not go to be enough for an effective CAP. While PoW can carry troops it is totally reliant on airlift, it has no landing craft (even in davits) and no capability to offload vehicles directly onto pontoons. Helicopter assault even with Merlin and Chinooks would mean being placed relatively close to shore, which means dragging the whole battle group inshore.

Does anybody know what Prince of Wales' troop capacity is? I've seen a figure as high as 900 quoted by Defence procurement minister Philip Dunne back in 2015 but no concrete figure since then. Queen Elizabeth has accommodation for a company of Royal Marines (250 soliders).
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