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Aerospace / Re: France and Germany to develop new european fighter jet
« Last post by Arjen on Today at 03:42:25 am »
Indeed. Necessary, but not sufficient.
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Aerospace / Re: Airbus A380 family
« Last post by DWG on Today at 03:33:04 am »
'Perceived ability' doesn't pay the rent. Sales do.

Sales are the only perception of ability that matters.
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Aerospace / Re: Airbus A380 family
« Last post by DWG on Today at 03:29:05 am »
And WRT A380 interior concepts, check out the new Singapore Airlines suites, you too can have your own bedroom in the sky, with full-size bed, recliner, and wardrobe.
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Aerospace / Re: Airbus A380 family
« Last post by DWG on Today at 03:19:19 am »
Airbus engineering didn't fail, A380 matches exactly the market it was built for, and does it well - as shown by the complete failure of the 747-8I to compete.

The problem is that slot-restricted, long-range, high-capacity market segment went away (for airlines that aren't Emirates). That's a natural result of the dominance of the large, long-range twins - late model 777s, 787s and A350s, which cannibalised the A380 market from below. The issue is common to any jumbo design, not a specific failure of the A380. And it was very obvious that as A380 defeated 747-8I, Boeing switched their marketing tactics to make this point repeatedly. It wasn't even an effort to sell 777s so much as an effort to stop Airbus selling the A380.
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Aerospace / Re: France and Germany to develop new european fighter jet
« Last post by kaiserd on Today at 03:17:37 am »
And if this project was to be put on a firmer footing then involvement by the likes of Saab and BAe (post potential Brexit-related acrimony) in this project or whatever this project ends up evolving into is also quite likely.
Ideally, cooperation can lead to a result bigger than the sum of its constituent parts.
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the anecdote alluded to in Hesketh Pearson’s Bernard Shaw: His Life and Personality (p. 310-311) when “a strange lady giving an address in Zürich wrote him a proposal, thus: “You have the greatest brain in the world, and I have the most beautiful body; so we ought to produce the most perfect child.” Shaw asked: “What if the child inherits my body and your brains?”

Perhaps more aptly for the European military aircraft industry going forward;
“If we do not hang together, we will all hang separately.”
Benjamin Franklin
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Aerospace / Re: SpaceX (general discussion)
« Last post by TomcatViP on Today at 02:40:25 am »
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It was potential concerns about fairings that led SpaceX to postpone this week’s planned launch from Kennedy Space Center of a secret U.S. government mission called Zuma on a Falcon 9 rocket.

The company said it stood down to review the results of fairing tests performed for another customer.

“We will take the time we need to complete the data review and will then confirm a new launch date,” said a statement Thursday.

Not typically considered one of a rocket’s most complex or high-risk systems, giant fairing structures are nonetheless critical to a mission’s success.

The nose cones protect satellites worth hundreds of millions of dollars from the stresses of a rocket’s climb through the atmosphere, including aerodynamic pressure, weather, heating and the rocket’s rumble.

Source:
Florida Today.com
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The Bar / Re: Navy grounds two aviators behind penis skydrawing
« Last post by Arjen on Today at 01:55:14 am »
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A concerned mother who spotted the renderings told KREM 2 that she was upset she might have to explain the drawings to her kids.
The kids didn't ask?
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Aerospace / Re: France and Germany to develop new european fighter jet
« Last post by Arjen on Today at 01:48:25 am »
And if this project was to be put on a firmer footing then involvement by the likes of Saab and BAe (post potential Brexit-related acrimony) in this project or whatever this project ends up evolving into is also quite likely.
Ideally, cooperation can lead to a result bigger than the sum of its constituent parts.
However:
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the anecdote alluded to in Hesketh Pearson’s Bernard Shaw: His Life and Personality (p. 310-311) when “a strange lady giving an address in Zürich wrote him a proposal, thus: “You have the greatest brain in the world, and I have the most beautiful body; so we ought to produce the most perfect child.” Shaw asked: “What if the child inherits my body and your brains?”
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The Bar / Re: Nuclear Weapons - Discussion.
« Last post by kaiserd on Today at 01:45:01 am »
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/spending-less-on-nuclear-weapons-could-actually-make-us-safer/2017/11/16/396ef0c6-ca56-11e7-aa96-54417592cf72_story.html?utm_term=.740a7e885ec3

Just a trite and puerile article containing three of my 'signs of deception'

1) Refers to today's 90% smaller arsenal as "Cold War"
2) Conventional cruise missiles, after thousands being fired since 1991, will cause an accidental nuclear war
3) Concern over 'cost' of maintaining/modernization of the arsenal with no comparison to total defense, total government spending nor size of GDP.

Well it is the Washington Post.  Would be like going to HuffPo, Salaon, or Vox and asking if we should have a military.

I would also not agree with detail of the article or what it proposes but it is inaccurate to describe it as trite and puerile. I could not say the same for many of contributors comments above.

There appears to be a repeat of the issues that got this topic locked; propensity to accuse people (contributors or non-contributors) of differing opinions as being deceptive with repeated personal attacks, going way off topic (attacking perceived bias/ free speech?) etc. The use of the room to vent at targets of hate/ abuse rather than its permitted purpose to discuss nuclear weapons.

I am not looking to drag this discussion off-topic or start an argument, I am flagging this to other contributors so that this course can be corrected.
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Aerospace / Re: SpaceX (general discussion)
« Last post by Flyaway on Today at 01:35:37 am »
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SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket with the Zuma payload has been lowered horizontal at launch pad 39A in Florida. The mission remains postponed indefinitely.
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