crosspost from an old tj post...
launch complex 39 has been in view for three minutes now.
we are steaming down the coast towards mo-bay at 9 miles a minute so it will be out of view in about another minute and a half. i reach down and flick the intercom and radio switches silent so i can lean forward to enjoy this sight while replaying the echoing liturgies of countdowns gone-by in my head
booster-go, retro-go, fido-go, guidance-go, surgeon-go, eecom-go, gnc-go, telmu-go, control-go, procedures-go, inco-go, fao-go, network-go, recovery-go, capcom-go...
ten, nine, ignition sequence start..six...
from right to left in the windscreen are the shuttle recover runway, launch control center and assembly bldg. the origin of our species' deepest forays into space
go for main engines start....five....four...three...
just to the left are two pads where men and women made history strapped to the top of giant roman candles named apollo and STS and thundered into the dark ether above during the saturn V and shuttle programs.
two...main engines start...
further up the beach you can see the old ghosts of sites where titan, atlas, minutemen, redstone and project mercury missions hurtled out of the dreams of man and into the humid, cumulus-filled florida sky
...one...booster ignition...and kennedy space center slips out of view under the nose and into our baffles. radio, intercom- on. time for a fuel check and another coffee.
What's freaky about the recent spate of incidents is that it seems that the pilots were or could have been part of the causative factor of the crash. Probably hear a lot more about robots taking over.what's the deal with all these A320's going down from cruising altitude ?
this latest one decended from 38000 feet to 6000 feet in 8 minutes, with no radio communication or distress call.
isn't that rate of decent nearly double the norm ?
Well my friend, a computer already does 99% of the work of commercial airline pilots, and is only really disengaged to allow their union employees to assume they have a point in being in the cockpit at all.there's NO way a computer can deal with wind shears on landing...that's the fly by wire shit we expect pilots to nail.
do you, Jeffsus, want your flight to be handled by HAL ?
It is amusing, after accruing so much public interest and imagination over their driverless car project, that Google only recently clarified that the driverless car needs to have 100% accurate, up-to-date knowledge of road conditions to avoid situations like the car driving through a construction barrier.Well my friend, a computer already does 99% of the work of commercial airline pilots, and is only really disengaged to allow their union employees to assume they have a point in being in the cockpit at all.
Google and Tesla are about to deliver self driving automobiles; much more complicated than just flying an airplane. Even their own marketing calls it an "air bus". It's a fucking bus in the sky. Pilots are bus drivers.
sucks. a person was in a privileged position and that trust was betrayed. like a dirty cop or a diddling school teacher. sadly, there is no bandaid rule or system that can prevent something like this from happening again.Mephisto
What do you think of the whole Germanwings tragedy?