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Orion Spacecraft On the Path To Future Flight

gilgsn Slashdot effect. (135 comments)

Hello, I seem to have fixed the problem, playing with httpd.conf and my.cnf... Now I need better hardware! Sorry about the downtime.

more than 3 years ago
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Orion Spacecraft On the Path To Future Flight

gilgsn Re:Finally, we're moving into the future (135 comments)

Hi, it is the right one... I added maxconnections to MySQL, but still having trouble... I am using a CDN, but there is a video on the page which I think is still pulled from the server, and I think that's what causing the overload. Last time I was slashdotted, that didn't happen... Sorry about that...

Gil.

more than 3 years ago
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What Has Your Phone Survived?

gilgsn Submerged. (422 comments)

I once had an old Motorola flip phone that survived complete immersion to about three feet of fresh water when I fell off a canoe..

more than 4 years ago
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Best Tool For Remembering Passwords?

gilgsn Password encryption program. (1007 comments)

This little program encrypts your passwords: http://islandlimited.net/download.php?file=3

more than 4 years ago
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News for Adults

gilgsn Why I still come here, not to the others.. (3 comments)

Well, high or higher, I still read Slashdot, but I have just had enough with the others.. Not only because of the waste of time, but also the strong political bias. It seems like news making the front page of these sites also alway come from the same group of people.

more than 4 years ago

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Big Buzz for EAA $60,000 Electric Flight Prize.

gilgsn gilgsn writes  |  more than 3 years ago

gilgsn (239700) writes "Electric Light Sport Aircrafts are sprouting up all over. Now that the Experimental Aircraft Association is offering a 60,000 prize for the best ones, manufacturers are gearing up for the last week of July competition, which will take place at AirVenture 2011 in Oshkosh, "The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration." Airplanes will be tested for endurance, speed and time-to-climb. Pilots, charge up your batteries.."
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Space Shuttle Discovery Returns Home

gilgsn gilgsn writes  |  more than 3 years ago

gilgsn writes "Space shuttle Discovery and its six-astronaut crew ended a 13-day journey of more than five million miles and concluded the spacecraft's illustrious 27-year career with an 11:57 a.m. EST landing Wednesday at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida."
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Charles H. Kaman, Amazing Inventor Passed Away.

gilgsn gilgsn writes  |  more than 3 years ago

gilgsn (239700) writes "Charles H. Kaman designed the Ovation Guitar, but is mostly known for his advances in helicopter design and rotor concepts. He quit Sikorsky to start Kaman Helicopters in 1945 with $2000, and turned it into a billion dollar company. Charles Kaman also founded the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, which has enabled thousands of the visually impaired to live more independent and productive lives. A great entrepreneur and humanitarian, he died in Bloomfield, CT. at the age of 91."
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New Helmet Lets Typhoon Pilots Look Through Plane

gilgsn gilgsn writes  |  more than 3 years ago

gilgsn (239700) writes "It looks like something out of Star Wars; it performs like something out of Star Wars, and for the fast-jet fighter pilots of the future; it could just make the difference between life and death. Welcome to the Eurofighter Typhoon’s latest weapon, not something slung under the wing, but a system with ‘brains’ that sits on the pilot’s head. The ‘Helmet Mounted Symbology System’ designed by BAE Systems, is a highly sophisticated helmet and support system that lets the pilot ‘see’ through the body of the aircraft, giving him a vital advantage when it comes to split-second decision-making."
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X-37B Landing Advances Space Vehicles Technology

gilgsn gilgsn writes  |  more than 3 years ago

gilgsn (239700) writes "After 244 days in space since its launch April 22 from Cape Canaveral, Fla., the X-37B orbital test vehicle landing marks the Air Force’s latest step in experimental test missions to improve the service’s space capabilities, officials said here Dec. 6."
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Waiex Electric Airplane Achieves First Flight.

gilgsn gilgsn writes  |  more than 3 years ago

gilgsn (239700) writes "The Sonex Aircraft, LLC E-Flight Initiative proof-of-concept electric-powered Waiex aircraft achieved its first flight on December 3 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. This short flight punctuates four years of development by the E-Flight design team in engineering, building and testing one of the most advanced electric flight packages ever conceived."
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NASA-German SOFIA Observatory's First Flights.

gilgsn gilgsn writes  |  more than 3 years ago

gilgsn (239700) writes "NASA‘s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, or SOFIA, completed the first of three science flights on Wednesday morning to demonstrate the aircraft’s potential to make discoveries about the infrared universe. The airborne observatory will allow researchers to better understand a wide range of astronomical phenomena including how stars and planets are born, how organic substances form in interstellar space, and how supermassive black holes feed and grow."
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Orion Spacecraft on the Path to Future Flight.

gilgsn gilgsn writes  |  more than 3 years ago

gilgsn (239700) writes "Preparations for Orion’s first mission in 2013 are well under way as a Lockheed Martin-led crew begins lean assembly pathfinding operations for the spacecraft. The crew is conducting simulated manufacturing and assembly operations with a full-scale Orion mockup to verify the tools, processes and spacecraft integration procedures work as expected."
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Sikorsky beats helicopter speed record, again.

gilgsn gilgsn writes  |  about 4 years ago

gilgsn (239700) writes "250 knots might not seem a whole lot compared to any jet, but for a helicopter, it is truly incredible. Sikorsky today successfully achieved a speed of 250 knots true air speed in level flight with their X2 Technology demonstrator, and even pushed it to 260Kts in a shallow dive. Most commercial helicopters fly at half that speed."
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Taranis and Phantom Eye Unveiled Today.

gilgsn gilgsn writes  |  more than 4 years ago

gilgsn (239700) writes "No, these are not super heroes, though "Taranis" is the Celtic god of thunder. The hydrogen-powered Phantom Eye unmanned airborne system, a demonstrator that will stay aloft at 65,000 feet for up to four days, was unveiled by Boeing today, while BAE Systems uncovered Taranis, a UAV that will test the possibility of developing the first ever autonomous stealthy Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV) that would ultimately be capable of precisely striking targets at long range, even in another continent. The days of piloted aircraft are counted.."
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Another Promising Flying Car.

gilgsn gilgsn writes  |  more than 4 years ago

gilgsn (239700) writes "Flying cars seem to be all the rage these days, with the recent FAA approval of the Terrafugia as a Light Sport Aircraft. Past and present flying cars have looked a bit odd, resembling a cross between a VW bug and a Piper. Now, comes a new stylish model that will be offered as a kit. The Switchblade by Samson Motors looks pretty fast just standing there. Let's wait for the first flight later this year.."
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DARPA Funds Autonomous UAV Refueling.

gilgsn gilgsn writes  |  more than 4 years ago

gilgsn (239700) writes "Planenews reports on DARPA announcing the award of a $33 million contract to Northrop Grumman Corporation to demonstrate aerial refueling of a NASA Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle by a sister ship. The program will be designated KQ-X. I can't imagine the real-time programming challenge that would be."
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U.S. Army Funding New Spy Airship.

gilgsn gilgsn writes  |  more than 4 years ago

gilgsn (239700) writes "A new hybrid airship weapons system, just larger than the length of a football field, will take to the skies in just 18 months to provide an unblinking, persistent eye for more than three weeks at a time to aid U.S. Army troops in Afghanistan, according to Northrop Grumman Corporation Officials."
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NASA’s Airborne Infrared Observatory First F

gilgsn gilgsn writes  |  more than 4 years ago

gilgsn (239700) writes "The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), a joint program by NASA and the German Aerospace Center, achieved a major milestone May 26, with its first in-flight night observations."
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Boeing 'Phantom Eye' Hydrogen Powered Vehicle.

gilgsn gilgsn writes  |  more than 4 years ago

gilgsn (239700) writes "The Boeing Company has begun to build Phantom Eye, its first unmanned, liquid-hydrogen powered, high altitude long endurance (HALE) demonstrator aircraft. “The essence of Phantom Eye is its propulsion system,” said Darryl Davis, Boeing Phantom Works president. “After five years of technology development, we are now deploying rapid prototyping to bring together an unmanned aerial vehicle [UAV] with a breakthrough liquid-hydrogen propulsion system that will be ready to fly early next year.”"
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How do you find out how much your site is worth?

gilgsn gilgsn writes  |  more than 4 years ago

gilgsn (239700) writes "Many of us own websites. For some it is just a hobby, but we all hope to cash in sometime after years of efforts and much money spent. I tried to got to website value calculators online, not expecting miracles, and I got values from $82 to $16,549.41. Do any of these sites come close to approximating a site value? How do you estimate a site's selling price? Advertising revenue, number of visitors, pagerank? What is the best way?"
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At last a flying car that actually flies.

gilgsn gilgsn writes  |  more than 4 years ago

gilgsn (239700) writes "Planenews is reporting on Terrafugia using Dassault Systèmes modeling software to produce a street-legal airplane. Or is it an airport legal car? The prototype has actually flown and looks great. The Transition Roadable Aircraft can cruise up to 450 miles at 115+ mph, take off and land at local airports, drive at highway speeds on any road and fit in a normal suburban garage space. The two-seat vehicle has front wheel drive on the road and a propeller for flight, transforming from plane to car in thirty seconds. Both modes are powered by unleaded automobile gasoline. By giving pilots a convenient ground transportation option, the Transition reduces the cost, inconvenience and weather sensitivity of personal aviation."
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DARPA Wants a VTOL Transformer Flying Car.

gilgsn gilgsn writes  |  more than 4 years ago

gilgsn (239700) writes "Planenews is reporting on DARPA hosting a January Proposers' Day Workshop on the Transformer Program, which objective is to demonstrate a 1 to 4 person transportation vehicle that can drive and fly, thus enabling the occupants to avoid water, difficult terrain, and road obstructions as well as IED and ambush threats. The vehicle will be capable of driving on prepared surface and light off-road conditions, while flight functionality will require Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL). Quite an ambitious program considering that past projects like the Moller Flying Car never really took-off.."
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NASA Flight Tests Unique Jumbo Jet.

gilgsn gilgsn writes  |  more than 4 years ago

gilgsn (239700) writes "As reported by Planenews, NASA tested a jumbo jet that will help scientists unlock the origins of the universe. Infrared observations reached a milestone Friday when doors covering the plane’s telescope were fully opened in flight. The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, a modified 747 jet known as SOFIA, flew for one hour and 19 minutes, which included two minutes with the telescope’s doors fully opened."
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