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  1. Get 'em young, they say
  2. Gaze inside my freezer, and despair! It's plums wall to wall.
  3. Not sure about descent, but I've certainly used them during ascent.
  4. Yeah, it's a Grad rocket. Seems that the more purpose-designed systems could manage rock. There was a lOx+gasoline+water variant, apparently. I ran into this back when I fancied a drill tank or combat subterrene.
  5. https://patents.google.com/patent/US3934659 https://m.facebook.com/defencemedia/videos/427144544291174 (now that we're talking about drilling and munitions)
  6. References to a Canberra are mandatory for RAF Luton.
  7. A bit off-topic, but which caption is the more unbelievable: or the completely serious explanation that they're T-80BVMs of the 200th brigade, 14th Army Corps of the Russian Navy?
  8. Don't drink coffee, don't have coffee. Gotta have to talk to a @Nuke about a cat, though
  9. Truly an Untitled Space Craft
  10. https://archive.md/ueexa Hopefully their social media team is kept away from water pistols and other weapons, because they really can't tell friend from foe. Edit: 1:1
  11. I believe the Shuttle was designed for the much, much older KH-6. They had several onboard espionage packages in the conceptual stage.
  12. December 1953 in a letter to Ustinov based on research papers from Tikhonravov dating back to 1950. So, no. The Merlin is far simpler than an RD-107. It is also mich simpler and less efficient ISP-wise than a staged combustion engine. There are trade-offs to be had... but having to lug around hydrogen peroxide is probably a negative all around. That's not luck. They employ ex-Northrop Grumman engineers (including Mueller) using the company's signature pintle inhectors. The ones that put the LEM on the Moon.
  13. Why bother guessing when you can be definitive. *gives side-eye to RD-171MV* It's rather difficult to tell. There's a reason why management/engineering practices get lumped into "production technology" in Russian vernacular. On the other hand, there's a consensus view that Lavochkin et al were never able to maintain the same vaunted standards as JPL. On the other, we know extremely well that the Soviet/Russian electronics base remains pretty rubbish and unreliable.
  14. Someone on the Kommersant team must be an XKCD reader. The following it their illustration of the distribution of banking branches in Russia:
  15. Backup for a backup: the Berkut was rated for walking to the backup ship.
  16. The general sense I'm getting is that Korolev didn't care much for the Moon. That, and a rocky transition of power in 1964, with the new admin critiquing its predecessor for "voluntarism", undermined support in the Kremlin and on the Old Square.
  17. Anatoly Zak has access but he also has a frequently-voiced bias that may cloud his judgement. Sputnik was based on a series of conceptual studies from 1950-1953, proposed to Ustinov in December 1953, and was officiated in 1956: However, what effect Stalin's survival would have had is highly speculative. He's certainly not to blame for any kind of delay in developing R-7 unless you want to go with absolutely fanciful scenarios, nor was there any satellite proposal to obstruct without a flying R-7; it was him who signed off on № 443-213 on February 13, 1953, with section 2a authorizing an ICBM (and section 2b authorizing Burya) -R-7 was already in design ohase, but wouldn't be officiated until next year. At best you're looking at innuendo that Stalin would have gone on a purge of Zhukov, the military leadership, and thus the arms industrues, but this would be pure speculation. Stalin and Korolev personally crossed paths in the Kremlin on April 14, 1947, and the meeting had gone well, Stalin's quips about Beriya and deadlines notwithstanding. It was Stalin who authorized the "NII Nordhausen" reverse-engineering center, it was who signed off on forming NII-1 - while Korolev's appointment seems to have been an intra-ministry affrair, his entire star team of designers would be appointed by Stalin's decrees e.g. the aforementioned № 443-213. He was effectively a Stalin appointee overseen by Beriya (via Serov) as part of the nuclear project, and at least some sources imply he actually got hampered by that connection in the early Khrushchev years before the new boss developed an affinity for rocketry. This is all in line with my observations from other sectors. The purges did not seem to particularly deter established Soviet designers from pirsuing their favored agendas. For example, ZiS-3, the mainstay Soviet divisional cannon of WWII, was designed without a government procurement order and went into production without authorization - Grabin just went to Stalin half a year afterwards to receive a retroactive blessing.
  18. RD-171MV for Soyuz-5, methalox for Soyuz-6 and likely the SHLV core.
  19. It's been reducing the Russian internet to incoherent cooing since at least 2008. The wooly mammoth of cats.
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