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Comment Re: Bought from Alibaba listing (Score 4, Funny) 113

Is this for a new unit or re-conditioned ?

Someday the Chinese John Glenn will say, “I guess the question I'm asked the most often is: 'When you were sitting in that capsule listening to the count-down, how did you feel?' Well, the answer to that one is easy. I felt exactly how you would feel if you were getting ready to launch and knew you were sitting on top of two million new and re-conditioned parts -- all built by the lowest bidder on a Chinese government contract out-sourced via Alibaba.”

Comment Re:'squatch (Score 1) 88

That could be it. The whole idea of electric planes seems silly, hauling along that load of batteries with much lower energy density than fuel.....

It makes a lot of sense for a self-launching sailplane. The battery only needs enough energy to get the sailplane up to a sufficient altitude where it can catch thermals and remain aloft. The battery may weigh more than a small fuel supply, but you save weight on the electric motor vs. a more complex gasoline engine. It takes training, experience and ideal weather conditions to be able to operate a sailplane over long distances. So it's definitely not as simple to operate as a "flying car".

Comment Re: Auto automatische Rücksitz Schwiegermutte (Score 3, Informative) 108

"Schwiegermutter" is mother in law. "automatischer Rücksitzfahrer"- would be a literal translation for automatic backseat driver. But I don't think it has the same colequal meaning as it does in english. "Besserwisser" (know-it-all) or something similar comes to mind as a better translation for "back seat driver".

Comment Re:No Steve Jobs (Score 1) 133

Yeah. Apple software NEVER had bugs when Steve Jobs was alive. iOS never had point releases before Tim took over.....They have teams for that. Just because a team isn't perfect, that doesn't mean they're worthless...

I think the original poster was talking about a culture that Steve Jobs fostered while he was at Apple. No body expects the CEO to be running quality, but he does set the priorities and has a very large influence on the culture (imho more often for the worse than better).

Comment Re:He gave a simple solution to a showstopper (Score 1) 59

...Sutter's solution was to permanently twist the wing from root to wingtip....

That's called a geometric twist and is used in swept-wing aircraft to prevent stalling at the wing tip before the root. The other solution is called aerodynamic twist; using different airfoils between the root and tip, where the tip airfoil has a higher stalling AOA. But to use it to counteract flutter is probably new and Sutter deserves credit for his insight.

Comment anyone on fly the 747? (Score 1) 59

Just curious, did anyone here fly the 747 and could share some stories?

One of my first childhood memories was seeing the cockpit on a 747 in the mid 70's. I was too young to know it was a 747, but I remember going up a spiral staircase, and only the 747 had one. Seeing the cockpit at that early age motivated me to pursue a career in engineering and aviation. Too bad cockpit tours are mostly banned nowadays.

Comment Re:Free the rights? (Score 2) 162

Why? just create a "star-trek-like" open source universe. We'll call it "Cosmos Odyssey", featuring the Starship U.S.S. Constitution. The Captain "Richard Fabius Nelson" and his science officer "Spork" from the planet "Titan" lead a multi-species crew on a six year mission to explore strange new planets, seek out new civilizations, and to bravely go where no species has gone before.

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