Archive | July, 2007

Orbiting the blogosphere V

Before the incident’s Leonard David reported that the Scaled, Northrop Grumman buyout will not be finalised till August. One wonders what the implications of the apparent industrial accident at Scaled means for that.

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Confirmation Bias: Subtle but lethal

Photo credit: AP NTSB investigators yesterday offered up a perfectly plausible explanation for why two very seasoned airline pilots on a perfectly dawning summer morning pulled their perfectly fit CRJ100 regional jet onto a tragically unfit runway (too short) and ploughed into trees and other obstacles before coming to rest a half mile from the […]

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The TAM accident: when getting answers makes you ask questions

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Orbiting the blogosphere IV

And here Yang Liwei talked obtusely about space walk training, but you could have read about that here on months ago.

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A day late (or try six months) and a dollar (or a coupla million) short

“I’m stunned,” he had said when I broke the news to him back in February

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Understanding the Sao Paulo Tam air crash

Safety has again been brought to the forefront after yesterday’s ill-fated TAM A320 crash in Sao Paolo. The event is indeed deeply tragic; an Airbus A320 aircraft skidded off the runway onto a busy road,killing nearly 200 people,including some people on the ground as the aircraft spilled onto a petrol station. Although explanations of the […]

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Orbiting the blogosphere III

Perhaps this was the last straw that led former Shuttle astronaut and the agency’s associate administrator for the exploration systems mission directorate, Scott “Doc” Horowitz, to decide to “spend more time with this family.” In the UK this is code for politicians that have stepped down due to a scandal. Have the Ares I crew launch vehicle’s rumoured issues of insufficient first stage thrust persuaded Doc he gave birth to a lame duck?

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Flight’s prestigious “don’t try this at home” award

Following hot on the heels of Friday’s special “points for trying” award from the static display at the Royal International Air Tattoo, the German army has again shown its ability to impress, this time by securing the inaugural “don’t try this at home” prize. Regular air show goers will be well used to seeing transport […]

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Bargain basement engine protection

Raytheon Systems’ well-documented woes during the development phase of the UK’s airborne stand-off radar programme – which have included the inadvertent destruction of the five-aircraft fleet’s first dual-mode surveillance radar and difficulties in installing radomes on recent examples – appear to have reached a new low point. As this image of the UK’s first in-service […]

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Flight’s prestigious “points for trying” award

It is with great pleasure that I can announce the winner of Flight’s prestigious “points for trying” award from the Friday warm-up day for this year’s Royal International Air Tattoo goes to the crew of the German army Sikorsky CH-53K transport helicopter. Aircrews have never been particularly shy around females, but special mention must be […]

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