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Excellent series of mission documentaries. Focuses on problems that arise and the solutions they used to overcome the malfunctions.

 

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10 images that reveal what we've learned about Mars after decades of exploration


 

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Light Years Ahead | The 1969 Apollo Guidance Computer


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Zero Length Launch was a great idea.
Would have been greater if they had Zero Length Landing as well.
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A very strategic RUD. Don't see much damage to the facilities, just holes in the ground.


Maybe not a FTS. Here's an animation of what might have happened in the fog.

 
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Holy Crap. That was a fast 40 years. I swear the older I get the faster the years go by.
 

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I thought in Vietnam, the Sidewinder only worked half the time so the pilots always shot two, or was it the Falcon that was unreliable?

 

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I thought in Vietnam, the Sidewinder only worked half the time so the pilots always shot two, or was it the Falcon that was unreliable?
The AIM-4 Falcon was notoriously unreliable.
No proximity fuzing, it needed to score a direct hit for a kill.
Warhead was small (7.6 lbs.) limiting their lethal radius.
Only five hits were recorded in 54 launchings during aerial combat in 'Nam.
So pilots would fire a heat seeking variant followed by the radar guided variant.
IIRC there also was something about the seeker head needed to be cooled, it could only be done once and the missile needed to be fired within two minutes of the start of cooling.
Sidewinder was a great improvement.
But the Falcon makes a neat model rocket.
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The AIM-4 Falcon was notoriously unreliable.
No proximity fuzing, it needed to score a direct hit for a kill.
Warhead was small (7.6 lbs.) limiting their lethal radius.
Only five hits were recorded in 54 launchings during aerial combat in 'Nam.
So pilots would fire a heat seeking variant followed by the radar guided variant.
IIRC there also was something about the seeker head needed to be cooled, it could only be done once and the missile needed to be fired within two minutes of the start of cooling.
Sidewinder was a great improvement.
But the Falcon makes a neat model rocket.
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Basswood? Very nice...
 

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Balsa, believe it or not.
TLP Falcon kit.
 

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This looks familiar. Too bad about the Rocket Lab. I tried to stay up to watch but too many delays only to find out in the morning that the 2nd stage was lost.


My LEO is still one of my favorite flight vid.

 

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Imagine spending that much time and resources on building a rocket and not launching it. One theory is that they could turn it into a hotel.

 

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Moving SN16 to the storage area, SN15 in background.

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Nose cone jail...

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