clone wrote:p.s. also makes me wonder how long the U.S. has been using drones given the tech's arguably been around since the 80's.
cheesyking wrote:I believe this is the first US mission using "drones"
Not really the same as a modern drone but this was the 1940s. I understand the Germans had a radio guided bomb/missile even earlier but I'm pretty sure you couldn't classify that as a drone.
I keep forgetting that!The liquid-fueled strap-on boosters for Energia are now launchers in their own right (Zenit).
ChronoReverse wrote:Multiple engines means better redundancies but it also means greater complexities (the plumbing is difficult).
clone wrote: your message will be ignored because you've chosen to have it ignored.
JohnC wrote:And the amount of money wasted on that Shuttle clone program and related technologies...
Hawkwing74 wrote:Well now the US really can't afford one either, so we are even with Russia on that score.JohnC wrote:And the amount of money wasted on that Shuttle clone program and related technologies...
superjawes wrote:Yeah, autopilot has been around for a long time, but so has autoland. I believe that was first used on civilian aircraft in the 60s, although the robustness has certainly improved since then.
clone wrote:as I've grown older I just don't know about the value of generosity, I could send food to Africa but it won't fix the problem so why would I?.... I'd love to fix the problem, I've no interest in prolonging it.
clone wrote:my most dearest friend, your personal opinion is a string of platitudes used to attack this thread and the ppl in it. cynicism isn't unique or original ace.You are free to do it any time, my dear friend. I've simply expressed my personal opinion regarding this thread
it's called trolling.
clone wrote:then realized it was way too expensive to bother with.
clone wrote:I'm still equal to you at what you consider your best
clone wrote:I do not believe the motivation was that simple.It was "too expensive" before the project even began. Everyone knew that, but the cost was simply not important at that time, the only thing that was important is to show the "capitalist pigs" that "we can also do sciency stuff! And some of it is even better than yours!"
just brew it! wrote:That's also one of the reasons things slowed down drastically as the Cold War wound down.
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