Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Catching up



A couple of interesting pieces from last week that I jut came across today (didn't have an work today so spent most of it browsing on line),

First off two MSM articles on current and future launch systems, the first on the BBC, and the second in the WaPo (this one has a few errors but nice graphics, they also have an additional accompanying piece)

Second, Lockheed Martin has flown a T-50A, its entry for the USAF's T-X programme. Personally I think it would be a big mistake to give them the contract based on their history with the F-35, also its getting close to the point where the rest of the industry will lack the capability to design and build advanced fighter aircraft if they don't win any contracts soon. On the other hand at least this one is an existing design (as opposed to Boeing and Northrop Grumman's designs) so it should be quicker and cheaper to build (but then again you have to add the L-M factor in....).

Big news last week was Beam being visited and Elon talking about manned Mars missions by 2024, further thoughts to follow...

Finally, not space related directly but a good article comparing Tesla and Tucker.

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