The F-35 would be a more likely candidate. The F-22 and older fighters were not designed with large power generation capacity, just enough to run life support and avionics. Individual weapons systems typically ran on internal batteries or fuel cells, or ram air turbines. » 11/26/14 3:36pm Yesterday 3:36pm

I'll be honest, the average business traveler is pretty obtuse as it is. Last time I was flying home through SLC, our plane was late arriving. As soon as the plane lands, people start lining up massing around the boarding lane, with that passive-aggressive "I'm not actually in line, but you better not get in front of… » 11/26/14 1:50pm Yesterday 1:50pm

Microgravity is a bit of a misnomer. Gravitational acceleration at the ISS is still a good 8.9m/s^2, hardly "micro". The "micro" part is the apparent acceleration with respect to the reference frame of your vehicle. Due to tidal effects, that force will be ever so slight towards and away from the body you are… » 11/24/14 10:16pm Monday 10:16pm

That doesn't make much sense. The F-104 and F-106 were both in service at the time the CF-105 was being tested, and both faster than it. If you're talking about something that big and fast, the B-58 had been in testing for several years prior to the CF-105, and was just as fast at twice the weight. » 11/23/14 1:50pm Sunday 1:50pm

The Air Force wanted to put a functioning nuclear reactor on an ICBM, with the idea that it could leak radioactive matter while flying circles around the Soviet Union until the fuel rods were spent, after which the missile's warhead would detonate.

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The trouble is that combustion engines, and particularly hydrocarbon fuel in combustion engines, is just such a wonder energy storage medium. Even considering the inefficiencies in conversion, you're still close to an order of magnitude more dense than current battery technology. In any application where weight… » 11/22/14 4:01pm Saturday 4:01pm

When a car has a computer controlled differential, and computer controlled stability augmentation, and computer controlled fuel injection, and apparently computer controlled steering (it's not hydraulic power steering?), at what point does the manual transmission become a farce and you're just stubbornly fighting the… » 11/19/14 11:09am 11/19/14 11:09am