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  1. Especially since Horus does not have storms in his portfolio. Set does. And they're kind of enemies. By invoking Horus you brought the wrath of Evil Day.
  2. At 500 starlinks a flight, that's still 60 flights every 5 years for the full constellation, if I recall correctly. One flight a month baseline load, while also supporting other missions, can justify plenty of reuse.
  3. There's a super rotation, which I've always assumed to be like a jet stream on steroids. Anyone want to correct me on that?
  4. There is an official statement from the NASA administrator that he wants to get human space flight added to any post coronavirus economic stimulus spending bill. I won't get into why space flight is considered economic stimulus, to avoid the politics.
  5. Someone on NSF estimated that without a heat shield, you'd only be able to scrub off one to two meters per second per pass. Translunar injection, as done by Apollo, is a bit over 3 km/s. That works out to 1,500 aerobreaking passes to return to LEO.
  6. ... That's why you gimbal to the center of mass so that doesn't happen.
  7. The problem is thermal expansion- specifically that steel and ceramic do it at different rates.
  8. Am I the only one noticed that the starships payload bay is just big enough for a full size electron? Plenty of room and mass for launch equipment.
  9. Anything with a heat shield, need to protect that heat shield more than the docking ring, and generally the docking ring needs to be in the opposite side. For disposable cargo I don't know, perhaps it's just design habit.
  10. My preferred "first survey/site prep" mission is a Starship with an Apollo 10 type profile (getting within a few hundred meters of the surface on a landing profile, than abort to orbit before plume interactions become a concern) but deploying a few dozen Cybertrucks with Superdraco Skycranes for "last mile" landing. The trucks would then do site survey and build a pad capable of a Starship landing.
  11. I want to know how cheaply Tesla could do a hypothetical "cyber coup"- 2 door and hatchback, single motor, rear facing back seats, 300 mile range, steel and glass from the cybertruck.
  12. More than a lack of orbital mechanics, Star Wars operates under Luminiferus Aether (an old theory long since debunked for our own universe, but still interesting from a fictional standpoint) EXCEPT when an author tries to get "realistic" for a moment. In addition, there appears to be a neutral plane in space that less maneuverable ships will naturally align with, with a natural sense of "Up" and "Down" that isn't aligned with any celestial body. More maneuverable ships can Dive or Climb relative to this neutral plane, but it takes maneuver force to do so. Less maneuverable ships can "trim" their altitude slightly, presumably with the same tech that lets speeders float in a planetary gravity well. There also appears to be a scaling factor on the interface between a planet and space- launching from great distances apart will put you close together once you reach space. This also generally seems to put all travelers on the same "side" of the planet. What does this mean for a blockade? First things first, you can float in space outside the planetary reference frame, no need for an orbit, Second, you only need to cover the neutral plane above where ships transition.