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by ss_roy
02 Oct 2009 16:06
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Chandrayan-1 moon mission
Replies: 1807
Views: 338787

Re: Chandrayan-1 moon mission

Rahul M,

The 'shard' (first seen by lunar orbiter 3) is over a mile high.. and one of the tower photographed by zond 3 on the far side of the moon is estimated to be close to ten miles high. Neither is surrounded by a crater. Just too weird..
by ss_roy
02 Oct 2009 10:37
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Chandrayan-1 moon mission
Replies: 1807
Views: 338787

Re: Chandrayan-1 moon mission

Sanjay M, The 'shard' on the moon is real... It may be 'natural', but what process formed it? There are many more anomalous spires (as opposed to true mountains) on the moon, often over a mile high, that cannot be reconciled with our understanding of the moon's geological history. http://media.photo...
by ss_roy
02 Oct 2009 02:37
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Chandrayan-1 moon mission
Replies: 1807
Views: 338787

Re: Chandrayan-1 moon mission

That is an interesting question. While I do not believe in conspiracy theories, I cannot help but ask myself questions about the origin of certain features on the moon- such as mile high spires and translucent ejecta blankets. Even if these features are natural, we should try to understand more abou...
by ss_roy
01 Oct 2009 14:36
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Chandrayan-1 moon mission
Replies: 1807
Views: 338787

Re: Chandrayan-1 moon mission

Talking about strange structures on the moon.. have you ever heard about the lunar 'shard' and lunar 'tower'. The guy who promotes them, and much more BS, is a bit of a kook.. :lol: But those two structures are real, in that there is something very peculiar about their shape, dimensions and appearan...
by ss_roy
30 Sep 2009 19:32
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: Pokhran II not fully successful: Scientist - Part-3
Replies: 1343
Views: 144963

Re: Pokhran II not fully successful: Scientist - Part-2

The sad truth is that Indian leaders want to keep the people poor and miserable, so that they can be reelected. It is unlikely that the present setup of leaders and decision makers will do anything to improve the situation. In fact, they are trying to do everything, directly and indirectly, to hinde...
by ss_roy
30 Sep 2009 19:19
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: Pokhran II not fully successful: Scientist - Part-3
Replies: 1343
Views: 144963

Re: Pokhran II not fully successful: Scientist - Part-2

ldev, The west needs countries like India more than we need them. Their economic system is a ponzi scheme based on an ever increasing consumer base. Have you been following the events of the last two (really last 30) years?. I would not worry about prolonged US sanctions. Push comes to shove- make i...
by ss_roy
29 Sep 2009 04:19
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: Pokhran II not fully successful: Scientist - Part-2
Replies: 2359
Views: 205655

Re: Pokhran II not fully successful: Scientist - Part-2

agree.. ad hominem attacks are never a good idea.

The point is that any criticism should avoid attacking the person.
by ss_roy
29 Sep 2009 04:10
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: Pokhran II not fully successful: Scientist - Part-2
Replies: 2359
Views: 205655

Re: Pokhran II not fully successful: Scientist - Part-2

JE Menon, Are you suggesting that indian bureaucrats and scientific administrators are doing the best they can? A lot of people, including me, feel that they could do better. I do understand that their attitudes are a consequence of the era they grew up in, but the world has changed. Indians above a...
by ss_roy
29 Sep 2009 03:06
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: Pokhran II not fully successful: Scientist - Part-2
Replies: 2359
Views: 205655

Re: Pokhran II not fully successful: Scientist - Part-2

There seems to be an unspoken assumption that tests will result in sanctions, and hurt poor indians etc.. Nothing could be further from the truth- The actions of indian politicians, babus and journalists have hurt indians far more than any external action ever could. PS- The west is broke and aging,...
by ss_roy
27 Sep 2009 06:03
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: MRCA News and Discussion
Replies: 3260
Views: 640545

Re: MRCA News and Discussion

So he is a charlatan.. great :twisted:

MBA at Harvard
by ss_roy
26 Sep 2009 09:13
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Chandrayan-1 moon mission
Replies: 1807
Views: 338787

Re: Chandrayan-1 moon mission

I prefer astronaut.. why try to inject sanskrit in it.

Ant riksh = devoid of end = universe
astro = astra = tara = star
cosmos = ordered universe

If you want to restore 'classical' india, start with changing names of indian cities named after muslim tyrants.
by ss_roy
26 Sep 2009 09:09
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Chandrayan-1 moon mission
Replies: 1807
Views: 338787

Re: Chandrayan-1 moon mission

Amit Singh,

Whites have not yet come to grips with their changed status.. they will get there -one way or the other. :twisted:
by ss_roy
25 Sep 2009 10:52
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Chandrayan-1 moon mission
Replies: 1807
Views: 338787

Re: Chandrayan-1 moon mission

How does that translate in chinese? :)

Xinhua gives ISRO credit - or are they just trying to avoid giving NASA credit?
by ss_roy
24 Sep 2009 19:11
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Chandrayan-1 moon mission
Replies: 1807
Views: 338787

Re: Chandrayan-1 moon mission

Austin, The big difference between this find and others is: We are now sure that there is enough bound water all over the moon to make extraction and use possible. While it might not support a city, it can certainly support a lunar colony of upto a few dozen people. The amounts in some of the more '...
by ss_roy
24 Sep 2009 19:01
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: Pokhran II not fully successful: Scientist - Part-2
Replies: 2359
Views: 205655

Re: Pokhran II not fully successful: Scientist - Part-2

So what is holding them back? We have to get our older leaders (in politics and other areas) to retire! They come from an era (and world view) in which they are never as good as whitey. Seriously, this defeatist attitude is far rarer in people born after the mid 1960s. Can build nuke deterrence upto...
by ss_roy
23 Sep 2009 23:38
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: MRCA News and Discussion
Replies: 3260
Views: 640545

Re: MRCA News and Discussion

Raveen,

If those factors are the reasons behind the MRCA competition,the saab gripen is the aircraft of choice. It is essentially an LCA replacement.

logistical footprint
2 pilot requirement for MKI
cost of operations
varied roles
by ss_roy
23 Sep 2009 23:21
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: MRCA News and Discussion
Replies: 3260
Views: 640545

Re: MRCA News and Discussion

A simple question:

Why not just buy more Su30-MKIs, as it would cheaper than the F-18 (and maybe Rafale or Typhoon) and probably easier to integrate in the IAF.
by ss_roy
23 Sep 2009 09:31
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: Pokhran II not fully successful: Scientist - Part-2
Replies: 2359
Views: 205655

Re: Pokhran II not fully successful: Scientist - Part-2

Arun_S,

Why not start two threads

1] Retesting and related stuff.

2]1998 Postmortem and related stuff.
by ss_roy
22 Sep 2009 10:59
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: Pokhran II not fully successful: Scientist - Part-2
Replies: 2359
Views: 205655

Re: Pokhran II not fully successful: Scientist - Part-2

Deterrence explained by Dr. Strangelove (a composite of Herman Kahn and Wernher von Braun) Deterrence is the art of producing, in the mind of the enemy, the fear to attack! (Deterrence is more of an art, not an exact science and perception matters) and Yes, but the... whole point of the doomsday mac...
by ss_roy
22 Sep 2009 06:00
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: Pokhran II not fully successful: Scientist - Part-2
Replies: 2359
Views: 205655

Re: Pokhran II not fully successful: Scientist - Part-2

Arun_S,

I have read that a few grams of tritium/deuterium (gas mixture) injected in the core, results in a 2-3x boost for even older fission designs.

Having said that, it is important that we test our designs at full yield.
by ss_roy
21 Sep 2009 10:04
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: Pokhran II not fully successful: Scientist - Part-2
Replies: 2359
Views: 205655

Re: Pokhran II not fully successful: Scientist - Part-2

Arun_S,

I am surprised that you are surprised.. :) Seriously, we have far too many people like them in the upper levels of administration.
by ss_roy
21 Sep 2009 08:23
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: Pokhran II not fully successful: Scientist - Part-2
Replies: 2359
Views: 205655

Re: Pokhran II not fully successful: Scientist - Part-2

NRao, Personally, I would say about 1,000 - 200kt warhaeds on a mix of well dispersed Agni-2's and 3's should be enough to deal with China. Personally I do not care if they are TN or BF, but you put more TN warheads per missile. Having said that, a 700 kg (500kt) French MR-41 type warhead on a Agni-...
by ss_roy
21 Sep 2009 03:01
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: Pokhran II not fully successful: Scientist - Part-2
Replies: 2359
Views: 205655

Re: Pokhran II not fully successful: Scientist - Part-2

Ok, one question.

How many nukes does China have (strategic not tactical warheads)?

That is the number we should be interested in, for the near future.
by ss_roy
21 Sep 2009 02:42
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: Pokhran II not fully successful: Scientist - Part-2
Replies: 2359
Views: 205655

Re: Pokhran II not fully successful: Scientist - Part-2

Partially true.. it is more about the willingness to inflict unacceptable damage. IMHO, the biggest problem with indian nuclear deterrence is the quality of our political leadership, not the weapons. The role of the Indian nuclear weapons is to deter others using nuclear weapons against us. It can p...
by ss_roy
20 Sep 2009 09:19
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: Pokhran II not fully successful: Scientist - Part-2
Replies: 2359
Views: 205655

Re: Pokhran II not fully successful: Scientist - Part-2

The intractable problem with India is it's geriatric 'white worshiping' political leaders. Get rid of that generation of leaders (all parties) and things will start to change. No nation has ever changed direction without a change in the type of leadership.. type not faction.
by ss_roy
20 Sep 2009 04:46
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: MRCA News and Discussion
Replies: 3260
Views: 640545

Re: MRCA News and Discussion

sourab_c,

The MRCA contract is not the appropriate venue to start confidence building measures with the US. I suggest that we start with less crucial stuff, like say helicopter gunships or small frigates.. maybe even armored personal carriers.
by ss_roy
20 Sep 2009 04:42
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: MRCA News and Discussion
Replies: 3260
Views: 640545

Re: MRCA News and Discussion

One question:

Given what we know about US policy and attitudes towards India, why are we even seriously considering the F-18 or F-16?
by ss_roy
20 Sep 2009 04:34
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: Pokhran II not fully successful: Scientist - Part-2
Replies: 2359
Views: 205655

Re: Pokhran II not fully successful: Scientist - Part-2

NRao, Boosted fission typically results in weapons with 2.5-10 times the yield of the pure fission weapon. Example 1- (http://nuclearweaponarchive.org/Nwfaq/Nfaq4-3.html) The Joe-4 device used a 40 kt U-235 fission bomb acted as the trigger and produced a total yield of 400 kt for a 10-fold enhancem...
by ss_roy
20 Sep 2009 04:16
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: Pokhran II not fully successful: Scientist - Part-2
Replies: 2359
Views: 205655

Re: Pokhran II not fully successful: Scientist - Part-2

csharma,

I think they are sure that the 15-25 kt pure fission component of those bombs will work. The 60-80kt output is post boost (tritium or LiD).
by ss_roy
19 Sep 2009 08:48
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Space Program Discussion
Replies: 3966
Views: 675509

Re: Indian Space Program Discussion

Sanjay M, Indians are risk averse and have short time horizons, and those attitudes have done a lot of damage to India. Unless we accept that there is a defect, we cannot eliminate it! I did not chose my current vocation because it was conventional and secure. I chose it because I liked it, and it w...
by ss_roy
19 Sep 2009 08:23
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: Pokhran II not fully successful: Scientist - Part-2
Replies: 2359
Views: 205655

Re: Pokhran II not fully successful: Scientist - Part-2

Singha, Even a broken watch is right twice a day. My main problem with his thesis on deterrence is that - he is either lying or delusional. Unless India can hit the top 100 chinese cities with 5x the number of nukes needed to level or depopulate them, we do not have an effective deterrence. I do not...
by ss_roy
19 Sep 2009 08:10
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: Pokhran II not fully successful: Scientist - Part-2
Replies: 2359
Views: 205655

Re: Pokhran II not fully successful: Scientist - Part-2

Another of PraFOOL Bidwai's gems.. We used to call traitors - jaichand, much like the greeks called their - ephialtes. Maybe we should call our minor traitors- prafools. How many bombs does India need? September 18, 2009 14:58 IST India already has more than 100 fission weapons, each enough to kill ...
by ss_roy
19 Sep 2009 07:50
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Space Program Discussion
Replies: 3966
Views: 675509

Re: Indian Space Program Discussion

Hiten http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hiten T he Hiten (Japanese: "flying angel"[1]) spacecraft (known before launch as Muses-A), built by the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science of Japan, was launched on January 24, 1990. It was Japan's first lunar probe, the first robotic lunar pro...
by ss_roy
19 Sep 2009 07:47
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Space Program Discussion
Replies: 3966
Views: 675509

Re: Indian Space Program Discussion

Look here- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robotic_exploration_of_the_Moon Pioneer program Pioneer 0 (USA, 1958) – failure – orbiter Pioneer 1 (USA, 1958) – failure – orbiter Pioneer 2 (USA, 1958) – failure – orbiter Pioneer 3 (USA, 1958) – failure – flyby Pioneer 4 (USA, 1959) – partial success – flyb...
by ss_roy
19 Sep 2009 07:35
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-Australia News and Discussion
Replies: 1957
Views: 251914

Re: India-Australia News and Discussion

Nothing chinese colonization (and population replacement) won't fix. :twisted: Everyone in the world is aware of rampant human rights violation that occur in Australia, perhaps with the connivance of Australian government. But since Australia is a white country, no white country is going to raise it...
by ss_roy
19 Sep 2009 07:29
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: Pokhran II not fully successful: Scientist - Part-2
Replies: 2359
Views: 205655

Re: Pokhran II not fully successful: Scientist - Part-2

About time!

India needs to carry out more N-tests to get it right


It does not matter if we go for a BF or a TN deterrent. What matters is:

1] Do we have enough (good yield + numerous warheads).

2] Are we prepared to use them, if that day came. (political will and command system)
by ss_roy
19 Sep 2009 07:23
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Space Program Discussion
Replies: 3966
Views: 675509

Re: Indian Space Program Discussion

animesharma, EDITED If the US and Russia were filled with people like you, they would still be in the dark ages. You have problems understanding that no breakthrough was ever made without taking a calculated risk. Some risks pay off and others fail, but Indians like you want to win every time. Newsf...
by ss_roy
18 Sep 2009 05:39
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: Pokhran II not fully successful: Scientist - Part-2
Replies: 2359
Views: 205655

Re: Pokhran II not fully successful: Scientist - Part-2

Gagan, To conduct a nuclear test for a 100-400 kt nuke, you require: 1] an isolated rocky or coral island (less than half a kilometer long). The Lakshadweep area is another possibility. or 2] A shallow undersea island that could be prepared with a modified old oil rig (we are looking for natural gas...
by ss_roy
18 Sep 2009 05:31
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: Pokhran II not fully successful: Scientist - Part-2
Replies: 2359
Views: 205655

Re: Pokhran II not fully successful: Scientist - Part-2

Arun_S, On second thought, these tunnels might be more useful for perpetual storage of our 'white worshiping' leaders. PS- Every nuclear power has dug more than a few holes that were never used, so nobody can really claim to be surprised. My sources tell me tunnels for next round of test have been r...
by ss_roy
18 Sep 2009 02:59
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: Pokhran II not fully successful: Scientist - Part-2
Replies: 2359
Views: 205655

Re: Pokhran II not fully successful: Scientist - Part-2

Gagan,

Not all islands in that chain are worthy of preservation. Surely, an underground weapon test on a 200-300 m long island (that is at least 50 km from the nearest populated island) is not a bad idea.

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