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About Mitchz95

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  1. This will be a launch to remember, one way or another.
  2. It just doesn't go off. The part is "armed"; I have an abort option, but clicking it does nothing and the part just doesn't explode.
  3. Well, crap. I'm either going to be driving to school or stuck in class when it launches.
  4. Pi Day is just a fake holiday created by math companies to sell more math. (Not mine, I saw it on Twitter.)
  5. I wonder if they'll have a camera on board and livestream it plummeting into the ocean.
  6. Interesting... how are they arranged? I tried it like this but it still couldn't punch through armor:
  7. And I thought Hyperion was bizarre!
  8. Awesome tank! What kind of missiles are you using?
  9. The impactor (the I-beam) almost always survives, either bouncing off or getting wedged inside the plate. I do get explosions sometimes, but I think that's just the seperatrons going off. I've tested it against both ships in space and just the mounted plate on a test stand on Kerbin. I'll look up those warships, thank you!
  10. Is it possible to trigger the self-destruct by destroying the part, i.e. by hitting it above its impact tolerance? Also, the self-destruct doesn't seem to work when the countdown is set to 'invisible'.
  11. I'm trying to put this into practice, but it doesn't seem to be working. My goal is to come up with a weapon that can reliably punch through the M-2x2 Panel (which almost everyone uses for armor plating). The panel has a mass of 0.3 tonnes and an impact tolerance of 80m/s. So it should therefore require an impact momentum of 24tm/s. My missiles consist of a single Pocket I-Beam (with two Seperatrons attached), which has a mass of 0.19 tonnes and an impact tolerance of 80m/s. 24/0.19 = 127m/s, so that's the minimum speed I should accelerate them to, correct? In practice, though, the missiles always either bounce right off the panel, get somehow stuck inside it, or simply explode themselves. In all instances the "armor" is completely undamaged. What am I doing wrong? EDIT: I also tried it with the standard I-Beam, which has a mass of 0.38 tonnes. Same thing. How'd you do it? Mine always lose the target as soon as I stage them off.
  12. I'm sure they knew what would happen and did it anyway. No such thing as bad publicity, right? Moho, Eve, Kerbin, Duna, Jool, Laythe, Eeloo?
  13. Eh, I think they just suffer from opposite problems. SpaceX moves rapidly, taking on new goals and hastily modifying things to work better. Every rocket is prototyping some new technology that can make the next ones better, and every mission is a clear step toward one or several future milestones. Usually, it works. Sometimes, like CRS-7 and AMOS-6, it doesn't. NASA takes things slowly, with extensive flight rules that say what they can and cannot do. They're slow to innovate, which makes things more consistently reliable, but sometimes that same approach makes them slow to respond to a looming problem. Usually, it works. Sometimes, like Challenger and Columbia, it doesn't. But to your other point, yeah, I agree. They need to slow down and start finishing their projects before moving on to the next ones. ... On a related topic, I'm starting to get more concerned that this moonshot will widen the rift between SpaceX and NASA. SpaceX is already seen as the rock stars of the space industry, making rapid progress and doing stuff that wouldn't be out of place in a sci-fi movie, while NASA takes its time and works on a rocket/spacecraft duo that's quickly becoming a lemon. If SLS ends up being cancelled, justified or not, right as SpaceX does another Apollo 8, it would be a huge PR blow for NASA. Worst-case scenario, NASA could actually drop SpaceX and hope the upstarts will just go away. So now SpaceX is dead, ULA tears up the Vulcan because it's no longer needed to be competitive, and we're right back where we started. (Well, there's still Blue Origin, but they don't have anywhere near the star power SpaceX does.)
  14. Falcon Heavy? ITS? Spacesuits?
  15. There are 100–400 billion stars in the galaxy... surely nobody would mind it we claimed one for ourselves?