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  •  Not perfect by a long shot (0+ / 0-)

    Wing that dingus anywhere & its own KE will turn it into pricey junk in a twinkle.

    At least they won't have a 21st-century Francis Gary Powers for a show trial.

    All the SR-72 Boondoggle will do is force actors doing things they don't want us to see to implement better maskirovka--which will no doubt be a lot cheaper than the Boondoggle.

    Classic example of defense spending as welfare for overcredentialed engineers who've never outgrown the juvenile sugar-high of making things go zoom & blowing shit up.

    The greatest trick the GOP ever played was convincing the devil they had a soul to sell.

    by Uncle Cosmo on Tue Nov 05, 2013 at 11:25:13 AM PST

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    •  Yes, of course, a tiny hit (0+ / 0-)

      means it's kinetic energy acts against it.

      facepalm

      You keep using technical terms. I do not think they mean what you think they mean.

      I'm on a mission! http://www.dailykos.com/comments/1233352/51142428#c520 Testing the new site rules.

      by blue aardvark on Tue Nov 05, 2013 at 11:47:25 AM PST

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      •  "A tiny hit" that damages the aerodynamics (0+ / 0-)

        enough to cause any sort of wobble at 3600 mph will turn the thing into tumbling junk. Did you seriously think I meant something more drastic?

        The greatest trick the GOP ever played was convincing the devil they had a soul to sell.

        by Uncle Cosmo on Tue Nov 05, 2013 at 03:28:01 PM PST

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        •  Lasers don't transmit force (0+ / 0-)

          They transmit heat. The momentum of the photons is insignificant to a craft of any size.

          Or are you now firing AA guns at a mach 6 craft 30 km above the earth? Do you seriously propose to fire dozens (hundreds? thousands?) of shells into the air at various heights and places in hopes one of them puts a piece of shrapnel into the spy plane? With, remember, about one minute's warning?

          A plane which is faster than the SAM missile is not going to be shot down by said missile, no?

          What is exerting this tiny force?

          And given aerodynamic buffeting, yes, the plane will be designed with control authority sufficient that a tiny hit will not cause it to tumble. There are always forces acting on a plane in flight other than thrust and gravity. Did you think there was no wind at altitude?

          How much force do you think a downdraft of, say, 5 MPH exerts on the entire upper surface of a large plane? Clue: more than a "tiny" amount. Do you honestly think LM can't design a plane that could handle a 5 MPH downdraft in flight? Seriously?

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          by blue aardvark on Wed Nov 06, 2013 at 06:30:51 AM PST

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