Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Wed Oct 06, 2021 7:03 pm

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The WEIRDEST Gun I’ve Ever Bought

Today we’re taking a look at a gun that basically crawled out of an 80’s sci-fi film, the Calico M-100.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vqm92JdmHqU



Eventually, it will evolve into a laser carbine with onboard battery.
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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Wed Oct 06, 2021 11:40 pm

Virtual Mining

Computer/five, technological level seven, thirty kilostarbux, annual maintenance thirty starbux.

Thirty five starbux per day, 12'775 starbux per year, minus thirty starbux maintenance cost, 12'745 starbux.

Computer paid back in two years, one hundred thirty days.
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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Fri Oct 08, 2021 6:57 pm

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The next conflicts will be fought over sand

#Sand is essential to #innovation. It is the silent ingredient to human civilization. And, as incredible as it sounds, we’re running out of it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_prUionT-7E



1. You could try recycling concrete.

2. Dredging river sand can cause flooding.

3. Maritime sand is too salty.

4. Damn that dam for sand traps!

5. Rough sand.

6. Singapore strategic sand stockpile.

7. Changing facts on the ground, or just harvesting sand.

8. Indian sand mafia.
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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Sat Oct 09, 2021 2:54 pm

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Is There BLASTER CONTROL in the Star Wars Galaxy?

We take a look at how different galactic governments tried to regulate Blasters and other dangerous weapons.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1EfAUFZ9IY



1. Military grade - end user certificate.

2. Ban all weapon exports, without the above.
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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Thu Oct 14, 2021 11:39 am

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Star Wars: Inside the AT-M6

Here is a detailed 3D animation of the exterior and interior of the AT-M6. Enjoy.

The AT-M6 made its first appearance in the 2017 film Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi, as the First Order variant of the AT-AT or All Terrain Armored Transport of the Galactic Empire, being larger and more stable.

The All-Terrain MegaCaliber Six (AT-M6), also known as the Gorilla Walker or First Order Heavy Assault Walker, was a mobile heavy artillery walker used by the First Order during their war with the Resistance.

It was intended to make siege warfare simple and short, the M6 is powerful enough to punch through shields rated to deflect bombardments from orbit.

It was also considered the biggest walker in the First Order's arsenal. The AT-M6 was much larger than the AT-AT used by the Galactic Empire.

It was operated by the First Order Walker Drivers, who were responsible for the use of the machine's most distinctive feature, a single MegaCaliber Six turbolaser cannon mounted to its back for which the walker was named.

The legs were modified to bear increased weight and to provide the stability needed to brace the craft against the canon’s massive recoil.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xlfr6gXhtrc



1. More heavily armoured.

2. More heavily armed.

3. You know what's missing? Energy shields, they have enough space and power.
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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Fri Oct 15, 2021 11:28 am

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Star Wars: Inside Darth Vader!

A deep dive into Darth Vader's mechanized body and helmet and fully realize in 3D! Enjoy!

Darth Vader’s suit followed an ancient Sith tradition where the warriors of the Dark Side of the Force would clad in heavy armors, and because of this, it also incorporated many aspects of Sith alchemy to help with Vader’s weakened physical strength and vitality, after his near-fatal duel with Obi-Wan Kenobi.

The helmet is the most important part of his suit. The obvious purpose it serves is to help Vader breathe, but it’s far more complex than that.

The helmet is made up of three parts; a protective neck gaiter, the primary mask, and the outer shell.
Designed to be intimidating and to strike fear into the opponent, Darth Vader’s helmet is a combination of both Sith tradition and technology, custom-fitted to Darth Vader’s head, and designed to be removed as needed to show his face.

The gaiter helps support Vader’s neck, has a nutrient feeding tube, and this is also where his iconic and booming voice is processed and projected. The mask is the most intricate part of the helmet.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qu_auNwwAgQ



1. It occurs to me, that the Zhodani are strong advocates of both psionics and robotics.

2. You could have one of the primary Zhodani antagonists be a very powerful cyborg.
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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Sat Oct 16, 2021 12:51 pm

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Star Wars: Inside R2-D2

This is a technical 3D animation of R2-D2. Enjoy!

The original R2-D2 was designed by George Lucas and legendary artist Ralph McQuarrie, who drew inspiration from the cartoon series Huey, Dewey, and Louie.

Several R2-D2 models were built for the original Star Wars films; one that was remotely controlled and travel on three-wheeled legs, and others that were worn by English actor Kenny Baker.

R2-D2 stands for Second Generation Robotic Droid Series-2 and has appeared in eleven of the twelve Star Wars films to date. Astromechs are used in various starfighters as onboard flight support and can operate in the vacuum of space.

R2-D2 was one of several astromech droids on Queen Padmé during the invasion of Naboo by the Trade Federation.

The astromech droid was manufactured by Industrial Automaton with masculine programming.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jr4GWlPZhc



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2. Swiss Army Knife.; repair drone.

3. Feels like a plug in; you can outsource quite a number of computer, diagnostic and control functions of s small starship to an astromech.

4, Does not suffer from Dalek syndrome.

5. If you think about it, our computers are virtual.
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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Sun Oct 17, 2021 1:47 pm

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What Makes Lagrange Points Special Locations In Space

Lagrange Points are special locations in planetary systems where gravitational and rotational forces cancel out. Sometimes we find asteroids or dust clouds lingering near these places. Space missions may use some of these locations for spacecraft as they offer many advantages over orbiting in the Earth directly.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PHvDj4TDfM



1. Needs manoeuvre drives for station keeping.

2. Could be stable jump points, with the gravitational forces balancing off each other, within a gravitational shadow?
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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Sun Oct 17, 2021 1:55 pm

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WORLD FIRST - Airless Car Tire! Michelin Reinvents The Wheel

World's first airless car tyre! Introducing the Michelin UPTIS - a puncture proof tyre designed to reduce wasting perfectly usable tyres that could otherwise be scrapped due to damage.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ql0Mkr3dwNU



1. Pre(re)cycling.

2. To be fair, there is air, in terms of negative space; in a vacuum there won't be.
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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Sun Oct 17, 2021 10:24 pm

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2000 Sub Special - M577 APC - Design & Development

A fun video for hitting 2000 subs, and a change of tone, we decided to do something a bit different for these achievements, but based on stuff actually made. So this vid is on the Hunslet ATT77 used to make the M577 APC in the film Aliens. Thankyou for all your support, messages and help and hopefully we will see you soon at 5k Subs, so until next time, Stay frosty marines.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5TBHGLIyhk
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Postby Condottiere » Mon Oct 18, 2021 10:00 pm

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Why Embraer’s New Turboprop Has Its Engines At The Back

In August, Embraer released its latest iteration of its highly anticipated new turboprop product. Set to be officially launched at some point next year (complete with a name), there is a targeted entry into service date of 2027.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5b4ZOY6Czos



1. Two times two seating layout.

2. Noise damping.

3. Trendy aesthetics.

4. Easier to upgrade propulsion.

5. Hydrogen tanks in the rear; best configuration spherical.
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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Tue Oct 19, 2021 1:09 pm

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The Real Reason Elon Musk Created Neuralink..

The Real Reason Elon Musk Created Neuralink.. is artificial intelligence the next evolution for humans? Let's dive into the latest news and updates with Neuralink in 2021 and how they will blur the line between human and robot.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HKKbbXg19s



1. Once and Future Musketeer.

2. Control tool, vehicles and spacecraft with your mind.

3. Wouldn't want to be Zuckered.

4. Peaceful co existence.

5. Does it effect psionics?

6. Except, maybe Cardasshians?
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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Tue Oct 19, 2021 1:12 pm

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monkey with guts theme

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6uN9xYUMxE



The progress in sound continues,

but what about mankind?
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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Tue Oct 19, 2021 9:57 pm

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Why Airless Tires Kinda Suck

They really aren't the answer - but why is everyone talking about them?

Here’s a question... if normal road cars can beat some supercars in a traffic-light drag race, avoid crashes for you and even drive themselves, why on earth are we still using tyres that are full of air that can get punctures and can leave you stranded by the side of the motorway?

You pay hundreds of dollars for some new tyres, and they could be instantly rendered completely useless by a nail, some glass or even clipping a kerb in the wrong way.

And we’ve been promised a road version of these sci-fi space tyres that NASA are using - but that was nearly ten years ago - so where are they? And why can’t I get some fitted to my Volkswagen?

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Now, before we get into these fancy, new squishy tyres - we should talk about what we have now. Even though tyres may seem like just boring black doughnuts of rubber, they're actually very well designed.

On average they last around 30’000 miles, varying on whether they are on a driven axle or not - but that’s pretty good. And they produce less noise than ever, they have very good suspension characteristics, are most comfortable, and are very predictable to drive.

And by that - I mean that when you get near the limit of grip, they break into a slide gradually. This means that the average driver can feel this happening and correct it before things go wrong.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mm17rsTsIGs



1. I would speculate that you minimize energy generated by not speeding.

2. Tweak the configuration for better road handling.

3. Cost.

4. I think I would be more interested in cross country performance, since you could always use the normal tired transport exclusively on paved roads.
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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Wed Oct 20, 2021 10:24 pm

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CycloRotor: Is this the future of eVTOL Electric Propulsion System?

In February 1923, Jonathan Edward Caldwell, filed for a patent on a device he called the "cyclogyro". It consisted of an airplane fuselage with two paddle-wheel-like attachments in place of the wings. This was only one of many attempts to create a vertical takeoff and landing Cyclocopter aircraft.

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This century-old technology used successfully in ships, is gaining traction as an eVTOL main and auxiliary propulsion system. It offers compactness, precise maneuverability, and a stable transition from hover to flight. In this video, I will explain the operating principle of the Cyclorotor and I will go over the pros and cons of the propulsion system that could be powering your future daily commute.

The historic failure of Cyclogyro prototypes can be attributed to one or more of 3 main weaknesses: unsuitable materials, heavy engines and power sources or insufficient knowledge of aerodynamic phenomena.

In recent years, converging technologies and improvements in lightweight materials, electric propulsion systems and batteries have reached a point where they have the potential to revolutionize air travel. The creation of new Cyclorotor systems that benefit from this technology advancements are allowing the development of new Cyclocopter aircraft around the world.


Cyclocopter technology combines the main benefits of rotorcraft and fixed-wing concepts. A CycloRotor has several wings rotating around a central rotation axis at a constant speed. These wings are connected to a freely rotating hub via conrods.

An eccentric position of the hub causes a periodic change of the pitch angle of attack of a wing during one revolution, thereby generating accelerated airflow and creating thrust.

In hover, the blades are actuated to a positive pitch (outward from the center of the rotor) on the upper half of their revolution and a negative pitch (inward towards the axis of rotation) over the lower half inducing a net upward aerodynamic force and opposite fluid downwash.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96DKtu9DFow



In the end, what matters is which technology is the most economical and effective usage of available resources, mitigated by vested interests.
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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Thu Oct 21, 2021 9:52 pm

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Dune Costume Designers Break Down Dune’s Stillsuits | WIRED

In 'Dune,' inhabitants of the desert planet wear full-body stillsuits for their survival. These stillsuits capture moisture and recycle it into drinking water. Jacqueline West and Bob Morgan, costume designers on 'Dune,' explain how they approached designing the suits for the film.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvcihrciJes



1. Bespoke.

2. Yesterday's urine is tomorrow's coffee.

3. Half and half.

4. Human body only twenty five percent efficient.
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Postby Condottiere » Fri Oct 22, 2021 10:39 am

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Look inside the Army's NEW 'Smart Scope'

The new computer ballistic scope will replace the ACOG and CCO entirely. It calculates where to display the reticle after you press the button. This works for machine guns, rifles, sniper rifles. L3 Harris created the 1-6x magnification optic. It includes Target Reference Point features as well as the ability to laser range find. Its like having a range card in front of you so you can re find old targets.

Task & Purpose is a military news and culture oriented channel. We want to foster discussion about the defense industry.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpXJfCJMcqs



1. More efficient sighting.

2. Target reference points.

3. Share them with your friends.

4. Distance, direction, description.

5. Display.

6. Environmental conditions.

7. Disturbed radicals making solutions.

8. Laser range finder.
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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Fri Oct 22, 2021 10:49 am

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Are Rubber-Tired Trains A Scam?

The spotlight of today's video is on rubber-tired trains, specifically metro trains: What they are, how they work, and why do these giant buses on rails exist. Let's take a look together!

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vTKyWIBiP0



Seems specific use and possibly overcomplicated; maybe it needs the airless variant?
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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Sat Oct 23, 2021 11:40 am

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CAITIAN: Cultural Index

Today we're looking at the kitty cats of Star Trek, the Caitians.

Surprisingly they have a lot in common with Human's history in Trek involving augments and they share many values with the Federation itself. I also came across a lot of weird art while looking for images for this video.

This is the Cultural Index a series aimed at exploring various Science-Fiction species. For outsiders to a series to get to know the basics and maybe even hardened Sci-fi nuts might discover something new.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mmzg901wuu4



1. All cats are grey in the dark.

2. Fighter ships and carriers.

3. Stealth.

4. Mostly, they are good kitties.
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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Sun Oct 24, 2021 11:30 am

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Angel Interceptor [Captain Scarlet]: Century 21 Tech Talk [3.4] | Hosted by Jeff Tracy

Welcome to Series 3 of Century 21 Tech Talk, hosted by the head of International Rescue – Jeff Tracy!

In this briefing we’ll be learning about the Angel Interceptor, Spectrum’s agile air superiority fighter!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1MVihmjGAc



1. Explosive rocket shells ammunition.

2. Needs patriarchal guidance.

3. Missiles; either ten per launcher, or ten total.

4. While it's a fun concept, seating a pilot ala Anderson seems a mite questionable, though might be interesting if you did this with a detachable bridge or cockpit.

5. Landing pad with an electromagnetic field, maybe a refined form of magnetism? Ours could be an increased induced gravitational field.

6. I loved the aesthetics, though the scripts and the acting seemed a tad wooden, which intensified in Space Nineteen Ninety Nine, where they didn't have the excuse of being puppets.

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