#26 2017-07-07 06:28:06

Ignition!: An Informal History of Liquid Rocket Propellants

It [chlorine trifluoride] is, of course, extremely toxic, but that's the least of the problem.  It is hypergolic with every known fuel, and so rapidly hypergolic that no ignition delay has ever been measured.  It is also hypergolic with such things as cloth, wood, and test engineers, not to mention asbestos, sand, and water - with which it reacts explosively.

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#27 2017-07-07 09:34:06

That's a great read. I've bookmarked it to come back to later, some good stories in there. I've a relation that was instrumental in the development of mass quantities of H2O2 for propulsion that we "stole" from the krauts as they could make it at 1/10th the cost we could at that time. Another relative worked with fuel regulation for Westinghouse (as a side line from blast furnace design) until co-opted to work on the Westinghouse nuclear reactor.

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#28 2017-07-07 11:58:35

GooberMcNutly wrote:

Another relative worked with fuel regulation for Westinghouse (as a side line from blast furnace design) until co-opted to work on the Westinghouse nuclear reactor.

The have an office right here in Downtown Dallas.

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#29 2017-07-07 13:20:43

GooberMcNutly wrote:

That's a great read.

I had places to go, people to meet and that blew up my morning.

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#31 2017-07-12 20:41:21

My uncle has a country place
That no one knows about
He says it used to be a farm
Before the Motor Law

Credits - ALEX ZIVOJINOVICH, GARY LEE WEINRIB, NEIL ELWOOD PEART
Discography - Spirit Of The Radio

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#32 2017-07-28 16:55:50

Peak Demand

The end of a pipeline.

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#34 2017-09-14 13:57:02

The electric yacht.

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#35 2017-09-14 14:07:19

Ridiculous and useless power density except as a tender. For that purpose,  the market is crowded  with better bling and tech for the buck. can't beat the value of petroleum's energy density when you need a massive amount of portable power. At least till fuel cells come along.

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#36 2017-09-14 15:09:02

Johnny_Rotten wrote:

Ridiculous and useless power density except as a tender. For that purpose,  the market is crowded  with better bling and tech for the buck. can't beat the value of petroleum's energy density when you need a massive amount of portable power. At least till fuel cells come along.

I'm tired of half measures. They promised it, and I'm holding out. The Jetsons had one fifty some years ago:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Nucleon

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/e/e8/Ford_Nucleon.jpg
Ford Nucleon

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#37 2017-09-14 15:55:08

https://high-street.org/img/jetsons.choadachrome.png

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#38 2017-09-14 16:09:04

Emmeran wrote:

The electric yacht.

Well, Hinkley finally found a way to make their boats cost *more*. Any vehicle that's designed to operate primarily in salt water should have as *few* critical electrical systems as possible. But then again, the kind of people that will buy it will make that someone else's problem.

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#39 2017-09-21 17:53:20

Making money where the money is made, tipping points are something like this.

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#41 2017-09-26 17:19:28

That's not a boon for the timber industry, that's a boon for the adhesive industry.

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#42 2017-09-29 14:48:46

Tesla capitalizes

This is an obvious move, it accelerates the shift to solar/battery.  In return Tesla gets appreciative loyalty and knock on sales for upgrades/replacements.  I fully expect they will offer cell phone repeaters in some of these rural packets in the future if not SatCom internet links.  This would allow them to out facebook Facebook, perhaps even out roku Roku.

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#43 2017-09-29 15:36:04

As long as they don't rely on the Puertoricenos to install or maintain them, they will be golden. But it's starting to look like a good investment if you suffer in sunny climes.

It worked for phone companies. I'm sure that's the model Elon is aiming for, owning the whole infrastructure.

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#44 2017-09-29 16:48:05

GooberMcNutly wrote:

It worked for phone companies. I'm sure that's the model Elon is aiming for, owning the whole infrastructure.

Precisely

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#46 2018-01-24 16:02:09

GooberMcNutly wrote:

As long as they don't rely on the Puertoricenos to install or maintain them, they will be golden. But it's starting to look like a good investment if you suffer in sunny climes.

It worked for phone companies. I'm sure that's the model Elon is aiming for, owning the whole infrastructure.

They will defiinitely have to import skilled labor to set that up. Since the plan is to export all the Puerto Ricans to replace the million of illegal immigrant labor once they are all deported back to the shithole on the other side of the big beautiful wall.

How the US will replace immigrant workers with Puerto Ricans

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#48 2018-04-25 13:49:02

Electric buses were seen as a joke at an industry conference in Belgium seven years ago when the Chinese manufacturer BYD Co. showed an early model.

Is the whole world being run by superstitious retards?  Propane/LNG buses have worked for decades, why would this be a joke? 

Fuck General Motors, Firestone, Standard Oil, and others for their Streetcar Conspiracy.  Whether it's an urban legend or not.

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#49 2018-04-25 14:57:04

Baywolfe wrote:

Fuck General Motors, Firestone, Standard Oil, and others for their Streetcar Conspiracy.  Whether it's an urban legend or not.

Streetcars make a comeback

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#50 2018-04-25 15:17:40

Emmeran wrote:

Baywolfe wrote:

Fuck General Motors, Firestone, Standard Oil, and others for their Streetcar Conspiracy.  Whether it's an urban legend or not.

Streetcars make a comeback

"Comeback" like as in the rest of the developed world since forever? Light rail and city trams are the backbone of most large urban zones in the first world.

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