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What I understand is that they are testing the Fuze, not the RV. So, it makes sense to have a mockup that won 't sustain the blast exposing the fuze to the most critical situation but still being aerodinamically representative (waves).

They'd want the fuse to be exposed to a representative environment, which almost certainly means a representative RV... and all the stuff in it. I suspect the RV shell itself is no great shakes, but all the RV-stuffin' is probably terribly interesting. Even if all the bits were replaced with mockups - the D-cell batteries that power the Nixie tubes were replaced with sawed-off lengths of aluminum rod, say - it would still be of interest to see what goes where.
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What I understand is that they are testing the Fuze, not the RV. So, it makes sense to have a mockup that won 't sustain the blast exposing the fuze to the most critical situation but still being aerodinamically representative (waves).
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The Bar / Re: The interlude/theme music you touched by
« Last post by Archibald on Today at 09:05:01 am »
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The Bar / Re: The interlude/theme music you touched by
« Last post by Grey Havoc on Today at 07:46:19 am »




Rest in Peace.

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Aerospace / Re: Kosmos-2499
« Last post by Grey Havoc on Today at 07:08:26 am »
https://www.news.com.au/technology/innovation/military/russia-accused-of-testing-a-killer-satellite-in-orbit/news-story/618fa3f5cf0bf28f83e0bf370f7cdd0c

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While Ms Poblete did not specify which Russian satellite she was talking about, military analysts believe it was one of a set launched on June 23. A month later, the Russian Ministry of Defence announced it had launched “a small-sized spacecraft has separated from a space platform in order to inspect condition of the Russian satellite.”

Kosmos 2521 was believed deployed from another satellite, Kosmos 2519. Close by is another satellite, Kosmos 2523.
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Aerospace / Re: Dassault LOGIDUC program
« Last post by mrmalaya on Today at 06:00:34 am »
A good reminder of the level of work that was put in by France before sharing programmes with other nations.
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They are publicly demonstrating that you had better have a direct hit on the warhead or that nuke is still going to go off.

It seems that the blast tore the RV apart. Note that just as the blast hits the region of the RV gets censor-blurred, and when it clears up again the RV ain't there. If the RV had been simply blown away, it'd be no biggie, but if it got splayed open and the innards were briefly on display, they might want to hide that.

Sure, but how much time did it take to tear it apart vs a self-destruct mechanism setting off a hypothetical nuke?  One of the Mk21s settings is to go off on impact.  Wouldn't an RV at impact would be going faster than that blast wave in the video?  ???
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Aerospace / Re: Tu-22M3M Backfire Upgrade Program
« Last post by fightingirish on Today at 04:59:43 am »
Tupolev has rolled out the first upgraded Tu-22M3M ‘Backfire’ at the Kazan Aviation Plant in Russia
Notice, that the refuelling probe is back.
Link: https://combataircraft.keypublishing.com/2018/08/16/first-upgraded-tu-22m3m-rolled-out/
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Aerospace / Re: Dassault LOGIDUC program
« Last post by Deltafan on Today at 04:40:33 am »
Thanks a lot flateric, overall for the link concerning the Petit Duc AVE program :)

But it seems that there are mistakes in some links (Wikipedia) and in older posts of this topic.

AFAIK (from Air & Cosmos French weekly magazine) :

-AVE D (first flight July 2000) and AVE C (first flight June 2003) were parts of Petit Duc Program. The weight of each model was around 60 kgs.

-The Moyen Duc (first flight ca September 2004) program was based on the AVE C's shape, but it was not the AVE C and its weight was around 500 kgs. For the same reason, the 2004 tactical UAV Dassault-Sagem SlowFast was not "based on the Moyen Duc AVE C", it "was the Moyen Duc" and "based on the Petit Duc AVE C".
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