Blue Origin Nears Flight Test Certification for BE-4 Rocket Engine

The Blue Origin BE-4 might get certified for flight tests by December of this year. It is about 5-6 years late for an original 2017 planned operational date. The BE-4 engine project started in 2014. It would be the most powerful liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueled rocket engine ever developed. Using an oxygen-rich staged combustion …

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Sandy Munro Looks At the Structural Pack at Gigatexas

Sandy Munro has been taking apart cars for decades to advise car companies on how to improve factory processes and designs. Sandy is super-impressed with the engineering of the Tesla single front and rear castings and structural battery pack. The design of the cooling for the structural pack is top-notch and super-efficient. Brian WangBrian Wang …

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Towards a No-Compromise Flying 500 MPH Supercar

The Firenze Lanciare is 1000 horsepower supercar on the ground and will have jet engines to become a 500 mph flying car. Getting the first prototype will require US$20-40 million in funding. Each flying supercar will cost around 5-7 million. A basic corporate jet is $2 to 3 million. Getting certified for mass production would …

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Boeing Starliner Fail and 737 Max Halt Caused by 1997 Shift From Engineering Focus

Boeing just had another failure with the Starliner crew capsule and the rocket launching it. They failed to have a correct orbital burn and the mission failed. Boeing has had huge problems with the 737 Max. These problems can all trace back about 22 years to when Boeing abandoned 80 years of engineering culture to …

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