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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
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    I found this interesting ...
    When the demand increases the funding will be found, I suspect
    The SpaceX Starship is in that class. Going to be cheaper per ton to orbit than Sea Dragon.

    Sea Dragon was a concept with plenty of points that may never have worked. The first stage engine is one. The method of recovery is another.

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    The ISS resupply mission CRS-18 launched successfully yesterday after one day weather related delay.

    Dragon with 2 ISS symbols. It has been at the ISS 2 times before, this is the third.

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    Launch
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    Successful return and landing of the first stage back at the Cape.
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    Dragon successfully deployed in space. Now on its way to the ISS under its own power.
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    ^ Very cool.


    Given their kinda in jokes, have they fitted them with a 'Ludicrous Mode' switch during the take-off procedure, like the Tesla cars have? :



    The mode that lets their 5 door family saloon destroy Lambos and Ferraris.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Takeovers View Post
    The first stage engine is one
    I agree, that does stick out like a sore thumb

    Quote Originally Posted by Luigi View Post
    destroy Lambos and Ferraris
    Destroy, not so much, possibly over 2km with a full charge, but that seems to be a yard stick only valued in a country just north of Mexico

    Both super cars have a far greater range and a 5 minute pit stop, for "fuel", as opposed to the compulsory 1 - 5hr "recharging" stop by the "ludicrous" alternative

    Both super cars make a sound like a banshee

    Both super cars can go round bends

    Both super cars have an attractive pedigree

    Both super cars have inbuilt pussy magnets

    How many digital coins for a ludicrous fire hazard?
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    Somebody switch OhOh to Non-Twat mode.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post


    Destroy, not so much, possibly over 2km with a full charge, but that seems to be a yard stick only valued in a country just north of Mexico
    Where can you drive those speed on public roads? You can't. What counts is the ability to accelerate when needed. Even a Tesla model 3 has vast capability for acceleration.

    Both super cars have a far greater range and a 5 minute pit stop, for "fuel", as opposed to the compulsory 1 - 5hr "recharging" stop by the "ludicrous" alternative
    Who can drive those distances without a coffe break? Nobody in his right mind.

    Both super cars make a sound like a banshee
    If you need that.

    Both super cars can go round bends
    Teslas drive like on rails. Because their center of mass is lower than any other cars. The battery is on the bottom. They destroy supercars in that category.

    Both super cars have an attractive pedigree

    Both super cars have inbuilt pussy magnets
    If you need that.


    How many digital coins for a ludicrous fire hazard?
    Latest statistics show an 8 times higher fire hazard with combustion engines. It is in the name, combustion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luigi View Post
    have they fitted them with a 'Ludicrous Mode' switch during the take-off procedure, like the Tesla cars have?
    That's in the next model, the Starship. It goes 2 to 3 times faster to Mars than the NASA model.

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    NASA investigates first alleged space crime after astronaut accesses partner's bank account from ISS

    NASA is reportedly investigating a claim that an astronaut accessed the bank account of her estranged spouse from the International Space Station (ISS) — in what could be the first allegation of a crime committed in space.
    Key points:

    Astronaut Anne McClain has acknowledged she accessed her partner's bank account from the International Space Station
    She insists she was only doing so to make sure there was enough money to pay bills and care for her partner's son
    But her estranged partner has accused the astronaut of identity theft and filed a complaint with NASA and the FTC

    American astronaut Anne McClain, who has since returned to Earth, acknowledged she had accessed the account from the ISS but denied any wrongdoing.

    Lieutenant Colonel McClain defended herself on Twitter, explaining that she and her partner had been going through a "painful, personal separation" but maintaining there was "unequivocally no truth" to claims that she had stolen his identity.

    https://www.abc. net.au/news/2019-08-25/nasa-investigating-potentially-first-alleged-space-crime/11445970

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    Just as well they found out now, because it would have been a bitch having to go and arrest her.


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    Top secret X-37B spaceship breaks record with almost two years in orbit

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    Ground crew rush to the Air Force's X-37B after it landed its fourth mission in 2017

    The US Air Force's mysterious X-37B space plane has set a record for the most amount of time in orbit around the Earth, completing its 719th day.

    Key points:
    • The X-37B has spent 719 days in orbit
    • Its mission is shrouded in secrecy
    • The spacecraft is popular for its unique design


    Launched from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on September 7, 2018, this is the fifth time the Boeing spacecraft — which is astronaut-free and resembles a miniature space shuttle — has been launched over the past decade.

    The X-37B, also known as Orbital Test Vehicle, or OTV, first flew in April 2010 and returned after eight months.
    A second mission launched in March 2011 and lasted 15 months, while a third took flight in December 2012 and returned after 22 months.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David48atTD View Post
    The X-37B, also known as Orbital Test Vehicle, or OTV, first flew in April 2010 and returned after eight months.
    A second mission launched in March 2011 and lasted 15 months, while a third took flight in December 2012 and returned after 22 months.
    hmm... seems like there's a trend forming.

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    David - nice find.

    "This secrecy, and the vague explanation of experiments carried out by the X-37B is part of why this space program tends to attract so much public interest."

    Not to mention the ground crews PPE suits and the extending flight pattern. Pokes the imagination.

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    Thailand Space Week 2019

    This year’s international aerospace exhibition, Thailand Space Week 2019 has commenced, showcasing aerospace and geo-information technology and a zero-gravity simulation using human gyroscopes.


    Thailand Space Week 2019 held by the Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA) is Thailand’s first aerospace exhibition, featuring academic forums on aerospace and geo-information technologies, a forum on high-precision satellite location tracking services in Asia, showcasing innovative concepts and real-life adaptations in the industrial sector. It is also an opportunity for business matching sessions between international firms.


    The event also houses aerospace innovations including human gyroscope devices simulating zero-gravity conditions. The device is used to familiarize astronauts with spinning spacecrafts. Event goers can participate in space orbit simulations using 3D virtual reality headsets. There are some 60 information booths.


    Thailand Space Week 2019 is taking place at IMPACT Forum, IMPACT Muang Thong Thani exhibition center, Nonthaburi, from today until Friday.

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    NASA's James Webb Space Telescope Is Finally 100% Assembled

    -By Mike Wall, Science & Astronomy

    The milestone was a long time coming.


    NASA's next big space observatory has finally come together.

    Engineers have joined both halves of the $9.7 billion James Webb Space Telescope, which is scheduled to launch in March 2021, NASA officials announced today (Aug. 28).

    "The assembly of the telescope and its scientific instruments, sunshield and the spacecraft into one observatory represents an incredible achievement by the entire Webb team," Webb project manager Bill Ochs, of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, said in a statement.

    "This milestone symbolizes the efforts of thousands of dedicated individuals for over more than 20 years across NASA, the European Space Agency, the Canadian Space Agency, Northrop Grumman and the rest of our industrial and academic partners," Ochs added.

    The recent work took place at the Redondo Beach, California, facilities of Northrop Grumman, the prime contractor for Webb, which NASA bills as the successor to the iconic Hubble Space Telescope.

    Using a crane, engineers gently lowered the telescope element, which consists of the optical and scientific gear, onto the spacecraft body. Webb's complex, foldable sunshield, which will keep the telescope's instruments cool during operation, was already connected to the spacecraft segment.

    The team then connected the two halves mechanically. Technicians still need to make, and then test, the electrical connections between the pieces, NASA officials said.

    The assembly milestone was a long time coming; the Webb Space Telescope mission has endured a series of delays and cost overruns. Since 2009, for example, the project's price tag has almost doubled, and its target launch date has been pushed back by nearly seven years.

    But the telescope's great scientific potential makes all that hard work and struggle worthwhile, NASA officials have said. The powerful Webb, which is optimized to view the universe in infrared light, will allow astronomers to address some of the biggest cosmic questions once it's up and running at the sun-Earth Lagrange Point 2, a gravitationally stable point in space about 930,000 miles (1.5 million kilometers) from Earth.

    Researchers will use the observatory to hunt for signs of life in the atmospheres of nearby alien planets, for example, and to study the formation of the universe's first stars and galaxies about 13.5 billion years ago.

    "This is an exciting time to now see all Webb's parts finally joined together into a single observatory for the very first time," Gregory Robinson, the Webb program director at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C., said in the same statement. "The engineering team has accomplished a huge step forward, and soon we will be able to see incredible new views of our amazing universe."

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    $10 billion and floating roughly 1 million miles away...

    One can only imagine what we'll find...

    Maybe a group of apes led by Charlton Heston on the beach with the Statue of Liberty and her ice cream cone...(apologies to Libertas)...

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    Quote Originally Posted by BaitongBoy View Post
    One can only imagine what we'll find...
    The JWST... well, words to describe how epic it is are difficult to find.


    One thing will be exoplanets, and being able to know the composition of their atmospheres, and by knowing that will be able to detect the telltale signs of life.

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    China's lunar rover has found something weird on the moon's far side

    The discovery prompted scientists to postpone other plans and focus instead on trying to figure out what the substance is.


    China's Chang'e-4 lunar rover has discovered an unusually colored, "gel-like" substance during its exploration activities on the far side of the moon.


    The mission's rover, Yutu-2, stumbled on that surprise during lunar day 8. The discovery prompted scientists on the mission to postpone other driving plans for the rover, and instead focus its instruments on trying to figure out what the strange material is.



    Day 8 started on July 25; Yutu-2 began navigating a path through an area littered with various small impact craters, with the help and planning of drivers at the Beijing Aerospace Control Center, according to a Yutu-2 "drive diary" published on Aug. 17 by the government-sanctioned Chinese-language publication Our Space, which focuses on space and science communication.


    Related: Chang'e 4 in Pictures: China's Mission to the Moon's Far Side


    On July 28, the Chang'e-4 team was preparing to power Yutu-2 down for its usual midday "nap" to protect the rover from high temperatures and radiation from the sun high in the sky. A team member checking images from the rover's main camera spotted a small crater that seemed to contain material with a color and luster unlike that of the surrounding lunar surface.

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    Breathtaking gfycat video of hurricane Dorian from space. With lots of lightning.

    https://www.reddit.com/r/space/comme...09&sh=00d199ee

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    The attempt by the Indian space agency ISRO to land Chandrayaan 2 on the moon failed at the last moment. Similar late as the Israeli Beresheet lander, a failure on final landing approach.

    They still have a lunar orbiter active that will do exploration from orbit.

    The red line is the nominal descent trajectory. The green one is how the lander has actually flown.

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    Landing is hard as shown again.
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    Good. They shouldn't be wasting money on shit like this when they are getting millions in foreign aid to help lift their people out of poverty!

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Good. They shouldn't be wasting money on shit like this when they are getting millions in foreign aid to help lift their people out of poverty!

    The space program does a world of good for the indian economy. It motivates bright young people to go into STEM instead of business. It is also a very tightly run and low cost program. Unlike the bloated NASA program.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Takeovers View Post
    The space program does a world of good for the indian economy. It motivates bright young people to go into STEM instead of business. It is also a very tightly run and low cost program. Unlike the bloated NASA program.
    If they were spending $250 million sending scientists overseas to work on programs that help the poor, like agriculture, irrigation, etc., then I would approve.

    This is just the PM's vanity project to distract his people from his ineptitude.

    Every foreign government should cut their aid commensurately until he stops squandering it on unnecessary rubbish like this.

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    indeed, it does feel like vanity projects for those poor countries

    I mean FFS, India? the way they have destroyed the IT industry (see Harry as the perfect example), you don't want them in any industry

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