It’s undoubtedly a bittersweet day at NASA, as Atlantis successfully blasted off, marking the last flight for the US space shuttle fleet. No replacement vehicle is currently funded, and the organization has gone looking for missions even as its high priced engineering talent will go looking for new work.
A sad day too [...]
Lessons to thieves: Don’t steal MacBooks.
California police recovered a stolen laptop after a software program sent its owner the suspect’s location and photograph taken on the Mac’s camera.
Joshua Kaufman, an Oakland interaction designer, reported the theft in March.
But police only acted on Tuesday after Mr Kaufman’s blog on the theft attracted [...]
Because, having previously been informed that you had sponsored the acquisition of Apple’s latest mobile computing device, at least one of you may be curious.
The device, you may remember, came with the purchase of digital camera for the Kat’s 17th. I tell myself – and her – that it came free with that [...]
In a complex, propeller-driven airplane, you feather the prop on a dead engine to remove disc drag and extend your glide range.
In the Virgin Galactic re-entry vehicle, you feather the airframe, the better to come straight down.
The SS2, which has completed seven glide flights since 2009, performed its first “feathered” flight [...]
Navy went downtown hi-tech in Abbottabad, no doubt courtesy of the Army’s 160th SOAR, according to Aviation Leak:
(The downed aircraft) was a secretly developed stealth helicopter, probably a highly modified version of an H-60 Blackhawk. Photos published in the Daily Mail and on the Secret Projects board show that the helicopter’s tail features [...]
Tanker talk could be going to sea:
Seven clicks on zero elevation after having punched through a 1/8″ steel plate is purty impressive.
For those in the know, it’s also a little interesting that GA chose to outsource the sabot development to Boeing. When it comes to “build or buy” calculation, the boys [...]