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Edit: So, apparently Lessons of Darkness isn't 'legit!' on YouTube anymore. There was a time where even the Qatsi trilogy was freely available

 
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Franky Z took a dive last weekend :D. Despite how bad it looks, it seems somewhat mitigated. Obviously, quad motor flying board, but at least he stayes uprightand had enough thrust for a somewhat soft landing

 

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That awkward moment when you launch the second stage before the first one goes ?
most likely this fire extinguisher was once used, a "skillful" motorist refueled it himself (we have a problem)
 

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It appears to be CO2, which is a rechargeable cylinder, at least here in the U.S. It appears he accidentally dropped it and damaged the valve. CO2 is a liquid under pressure, lotsa mass inside.
 

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It appears to be CO2, which is a rechargeable cylinder, at least here in the U.S. It appears he accidentally dropped it and damaged the valve. CO2 is a liquid under pressure, lotsa mass inside.
Yeah , but overfilling is common practice in some parts. Even LPG tanks used in cars. I don't know how or why the loading installation allows it, but it happens, and it leads to some quite explosive results sometimes. Not to mention the old 'cooking gas tank hooked to the LPG port thing
 

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Actually very cool stuff, but I think the output varies greatly with weather even when there's no storm. I think the polarity of the charge in the windstream can even vary. Had a course on 'biometeorology' back in the day. Apparently , like 20-30% of people are quite vulnerable to stuff like this, so windy days with one electric charge or the other can cause concentration problems, irritability etc. , to the point that the electric charge in the wind could be responsible for some high crash-count days on the roads where other factors would not justify it
 

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This is no Leopard at all - Rheinmetall left the franco-German MGCS project (Depending on who you ask, its called "Leopard 3" or "Leclerq 2"), because it didn't have much influence on the result there. Looks like the French gun won there, so they produced their own tank around their Future Gun System and presented it today. Has a three plus one tank crew, with the loader replaced by an autoloader (because of the heavier ammo, ~20 MJ projectile energy), but a fourth seat still being in the tank hull. The fourth seat is planned to be multipurpose: It could host a company commander or aides for him, or a weapon system special, possibly for controlling UAVs or fighting UAVs with the remote controlled gun platform. It is possible to equip the tank with Israeli HERO loitering ammunitions. Tank commander and gunner are still in the turret (A T-14 like solution with all the crew in the hull would have been unlikely after the really bad German experiences with such tank designs in the 1980s and 1990s), driver in the hull..

Right now, it has a lot in common with the Russian T-14 Armata tank: Its just for show. While this looks fairly complete as it is presented, it is likely far from complete inside. It is equipped with a Frankenstein-like collection of many Rheinmetall products. Understand the surprise presentation and the press release as a loud reminder to the German government to do their job.

Anyway, despite the inner German politics, the product vision is actually pretty nice. Its tank design is as conservative as possible for a next generation tank, despite all modernisation and without the Leopard 2 heritage, its at least possible to have addressed its weaknesses. The 130mm tank cannon and its ammo aren't NATO standard yet, so its not very useful, but it was planned to do that anyway. Even if the governments of France and Germany keep the MGCS project, its possible that this tank gets a intermediate role in NATO by the other smaller countries.
 

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by far the most beautiful MBT design I've seen in the last decade - even though the production model (assuming we ever see one) will likely end up ruined over the years with dozens of attachments like the M1A2 SEPv3
 
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