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  1. I don't think getting the short very early is a...

    I don't think getting the short very early is a concern. It will go to selected groups like medical staff first, then maybe teachers. Once available to the general public I would take it. I am not...
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    There are plans for a number of other...

    There are plans for a number of other constellations.

    For sure China is planning one.

    Amazon has very recently received a FCC license for their constellation called Kuiper. They plan to invest...
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    Some info on Starlink SpaceX is designing and...

    Some info on Starlink

    SpaceX is designing and deploying a constellation of satellites to bring internet access to every location on Earth. They have been working on it for over 2 years now and...
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    Dragon recovery vs. Jules Verne. 55748

    Dragon recovery vs. Jules Verne.

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    BTW this was the fifth flight of this Falcon 9...

    BTW this was the fifth flight of this Falcon 9 booster and it s fifth successful landing. So it can be used for the sixth time again. Waiting for the fairings to come down and hopefully be caught in...
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    Next launch of almost 60 sats for the Starlink...

    Next launch of almost 60 sats for the Starlink constellation in a few minutes.


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    Will write a little more about it soon. The Kessler syndrome is a real risk though...
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    A nice video of a news conference with the 2...

    A nice video of a news conference with the 2 astronauts of the DM-2 mission and with Jim Bridenstine and Elon Musk.

    A lot of praise for SpaceX. They said on a test mission like this a number of...
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    Try it yourself. It is easy with a software like...

    Try it yourself. It is easy with a software like Irfanview. That's what I used.

    I am lazy. Others have drawn a vertical line then counted pixels and did some math. The method I used is a lot...
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    I used this photo with the sea in the background...

    I used this photo with the sea in the background to determine the angle of SN5 after landing. It is 2.7°

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    No I had only a short trip to New York and...

    No I had only a short trip to New York and Washington DC. Visited the Smithsonian, very impressive but a long time ago.

    I had booked a flight to Brownsville to see that mad construction and launch...
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    A nice size comparison. SpaceShuttle on the...

    A nice size comparison.

    SpaceShuttle on the left. Starship SN5 as flown today. The full Starship on the right. The upcoming SN8 test vehicle will be that size, maybe a month from now.

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    They use only oxygen and methane as fuel, nothing...

    They use only oxygen and methane as fuel, nothing else. Maybe nitrogen or argon to spin up the engines. Important consideration is that they don't use anything they can not source on Mars. Nitrogen...
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    First flight of Starship, 150m up and a little...

    First flight of Starship, 150m up and a little sideways to the landing pad. In this video you don't get how massive this thing is. The little box on top as a ballast is 22t by itself, 2 massive rolls...
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    So that it can be easily reached from Baikonur....

    So that it can be easily reached from Baikonur. Also in this inclination it covers a lot of the Earth surface. An even higher inclination would cover more of the Earth but begin to reach into polar...
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    They show the groundtrack of Dragon sometimes....

    They show the groundtrack of Dragon sometimes. The orange part indicates the deorbit burn that gets Dragon down into the atmosphere for landing. Interesting that the deorbit burn happens when Dragon...
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    I have not. I guess there are more expressions I...

    I have not. I guess there are more expressions I have never heard of.
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    Coverage was supposed to begin about now but has...

    Coverage was supposed to begin about now but has not yet. But actual splashdown of the capsule is expected in about 7 hours from now.
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    I am german. So doff is not completely native...

    I am german.

    So doff is not completely native to space suits only.
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    There is a risk of a leak and losing pressure on...

    There is a risk of a leak and losing pressure on undocking, so they wear the full closed spacesuit. They even take it off completely during cruise before reentry. For reentry I expect they will wear...
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    The first manned mission by NASA to the ISS after...

    The first manned mission by NASA to the ISS after the end of the Spaceshuttle is ending. The Dragon capsule has departed from the ISS last night. Splashdown near Pensacola, Florida in about 5 hours....
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    Starship SN5 had a successful static fire today....

    Starship SN5 had a successful static fire today. A photo of the engine firing from a SpaceX drone flying overhead.

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    https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1288935356310552576/photo/1
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    Very similar. They all go for mostly lowest...

    Very similar. They all go for mostly lowest energy flight trajectories. Though Perseverance flight was planned in a way that it would always arrive at Mars at the same day and time independent on...
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    It is still the plan. But be clear about it....

    It is still the plan. But be clear about it. That's an aspirational goal. It may well slip 2, maybe 4 years. But they made another step on the way today. SN5, the fifth Starship prototype had a...
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    NASA has just launched its Perseverance rover to...

    NASA has just launched its Perseverance rover to Mars on an Atlas V rocket. Trans Mars injection and separation of the spacecraft from the Centaur second stage have successfully been done. Now the...
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    NASA spaceflight forum 3rd weekly update video on...

    NASA spaceflight forum 3rd weekly update video on Boca Chica.

    The build site and the launch site have weathered Cat 1 Hurricane Hanna and are now preparing for a static fire of the Raptor engine...
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    If you have a good binocular with big front lens...

    If you have a good binocular with big front lens and know exactly where to look it may be possible.
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    A friend of mine took Photos. Top bright...

    A friend of mine took
    Photos. Top bright nightsky in my area. Would have to drive quite far to see it.
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    China has successfully launched its Mars mission....

    China has successfully launched its Mars mission. It has an orbiter and a lander with a rover.

    The launch trajectory goes right over the wider Manila area with dense population.
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    :) Thank you.

    :) Thank you.
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    A bit slow at 0-60m/h compared to the Tesla...

    A bit slow at 0-60m/h compared to the Tesla roadster at 1.9s. Though the roadster is limited to 400km/h top speed to be street legal.
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    Elon all by himself is kid enough. I hope that...

    Elon all by himself is kid enough. I hope that will never change. Though the legs look very different now, they are almost invisible, hidden inside. There will be aerodynamic surfaces to steer during...
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    A fan video on space news. They are produced by a...

    A fan video on space news. They are produced by a german-japanese couple living in München, Germany. Are japanese women like this? :) If for nothing else, watch the video just for her.


    Can China...
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    On their latest launch of a Korean military...

    On their latest launch of a Korean military satellite SpaceX had a ful success. The satellite was delivered into its target orbit, which is by now routine and expected.

    Landing does not have 100%...
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    That's true. But they are constantly improving...

    That's true. But they are constantly improving and not finished yet. The new steel will indeed be replaced by another type, custom made for them. There are also plenty of other advances coming in...
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    10 years from now I may want one of these. By...

    10 years from now I may want one of these. By then I will probably be too dangerous to others in a car. Unless I can afford a fully self driving Tesla. Good for shopping at least.

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    Work is still ongoing to prepare Starship SN5 for...

    Work is still ongoing to prepare Starship SN5 for tanking, engine test and a short flight. They have become a lot more thorough in preparation of ground equipment and prototype for these tests. Looks...
  37. Using resources from space is a long way off. It...

    Using resources from space is a long way off. It may be useful in space but it is quite unconceivable to bring anything back to earth for use here.

    BTW the first country that passed space mining...
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    How many books are you prepared to read for an...

    How many books are you prepared to read for an answer? There is a multitude of design driving issues.

    One of my favorites you may not find in books. The cancer of small side boosters as seen on...
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    Given that the chinese moon rover already works...

    Given that the chinese moon rover already works for a long time the chances of Tianwen 1 are quite good. The environment on the Moon is that much harsher than on Mars.
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    Moon walker Buzz Aldrin punches conspiracy...

    Moon walker Buzz Aldrin punches conspiracy theorist Bart Sibrel - YouTube



    Buzz Aldrin at it. :)

    The guy sued because of the hit and lost.
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    Seconded. Mars landing is hard. The Soviet...

    Seconded. Mars landing is hard. The Soviet Union/Russia has a proud history of 100% failures on their missions to Mars, both orbiters and landers, and there were plenty. You may count one as a...
  42. I see it the other way around. No single...

    I see it the other way around. No single infection can wipe out entire populations because out immune system is too resilient. There will always be enough survivors. If we act stupid enough, it can...
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    Cutting waste of resources is supposed to reduce...

    Cutting waste of resources is supposed to reduce cost. As long as it does not it remains a niche product for a special needs clientele.
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    For me it first needs to drop in price below...

    For me it first needs to drop in price below meat. What's the point in something expensive when the aim is supposed to be feeding the masses that can not afford meat?
  45. Working age population won't be an issue. With...

    Working age population won't be an issue. With productiivity - except for babies - rising, supporting the whole poulation is a matter of distribution, not production.

    Besides, the Philippines...
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    I have seen it when using my smartphone just days...

    I have seen it when using my smartphone just days ago. I have recently cleared the cach.
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    We are waiting for Starship SN5 to go through the...

    We are waiting for Starship SN5 to go through the same qualification as SN4, until it blew up. Hope is it may do a 150m hop with one engine some time next week or the week after.
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    The NSF forum, nasaspaceflight.com has been...

    The NSF forum, nasaspaceflight.com has been producing almost daily update videos of what is going on in Boca Chica. They have now started a series of weekly updates. I will try to post all of these....
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    NASA is doing some planning for a Venus mission....

    NASA is doing some planning for a Venus mission. A Venus rover which operates purely mechanical, handling a wide variety of obstacles on the surface. Venus is extremely hot and conventional...
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    Another take on the title question ...

    Another take on the title question

    does-elon-musk-suffer-asperger?

    I don't think he suffers from it.
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