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  1. Indeed, that is really, really cool. Frida, you appear to be quite well plugged in to the NH team. I'm guessing these recent images are part of the regular transmission of data that is occurring post-flyby that are being released as they come in. Do you know how regularly we can expect these releases? 2 images/day of the resolution we've been seeing, perhaps, on average?
  2. I am very interesting by the counterexample this case poses to Rule #8 of Kelly Johnson's 14 Rules of Management: http://lockheedmartin.com/us/aeronautics/skunkworks/14rules.html Specifically, I am tempted to go with Johnson over Musk here. Following every failed component with a change to your process in which you now inspect said component means that, sooner or later, you will be inspecting everything, trusting nobody, and needlessly repeating a lot of effort. It's a nasty downward spiral in which you end up spending more resources repeating verification, validation, and accreditation efforts after each stage of acquisition and integration than you do on engineering the actual systems (and if you think that's an exaggeration, you haven't worked for a big aerospace company lately). This is exactly the kind of balance statistical mitigation is meant to address. You don't repeat every inspection of every part until there's a zero percent chance of failure, because then you go broke. You VV&A enough to give you a failure probability within your tolerances, with the understanding that, yes, sometimes things go wrong and you should plan accordingly. The only alternative is to manufacture everything in-house, which we know has been a long-term guiding objective of Musk's anyways.
  3. Fedora is my go-to for personal use and situations where I have a say in e matter. Gentoo for when I need to go hard-core (which is less often than it used to be). At work, it's mostly Debian and (somewhat less often) Scientific Linux. After a certain point, you stop caring about the distro and really only think about the package manager. I prefer yum over apt-get, but mainly because I have to type three keys instead of seven. Yes, I'm a discriminating soul. On this and aforementioned notes, one of the most interesting info-graphics I've seen is the following illustration of Linux distro evolution. With a little luck, I'll convince our office to plot and frame a full-size version for our lab. It puts all the silly distro arguments in perspective.
  4. For the 2.5 bay, I like to place an SC-9001 Science Jr. in the middle. It naturally fits well and snaps to the aligned nodes. Then, I hang all my other goodies--batteries, flight computers, Goo, thermometers, barometers, etc.--off of the Science Jr. It's not particularly efficient, but it's very straightforward.
  5. GAH! I want to stay up, but it's 3:40 AM here in California and I really need to be coherent at work tomorrow... Go, go, New Horizons! May the Spirit of the Hype live on for many bytes to come.
  6. This is the first, and quite possibly the last, time you will ever see those words written in the internet. I will, however, agree that "get out and push" seems the most appropriate homage to me, even if it wasn't originally Manley's discovery/invention/idea.
  7. When gravity launches rockets, it performs a Scott Manley turn.
  8. Location-specific contracts. Honestly, I don't even bother anymore.
  9. LOL, now you've gotten me confused... Are we nitpicking The Martian, or Seveneves? (http://forum.kerbalspaceprogram.com/threads/123033-Seveneves?p=1970646&viewfull=1#post1970646) TL;DR: Hang gliders as launch vehicles
  10. This. Kepler's first law--"all orbits are conic sections"--can be directly derived from Newton's law of gravity and conservation of angular momentum. No relativity knowledge is required.
  11. Tell me why all I can think of looking at this great mod is, "NASA worm logo! Must download!"
  12. I was so excited to hear this! I had flagged the topic months ago just in case, then in the middle of the night my phone alert went off. Woohooooo! Data transferred! I could barely go back to sleep.
  13. Valentina flew on a 4km EVA from her ship through low Kerbin orbit to get close enough to poor stranded Strovan (spl?) to switch control and enable his own EVA, after which they both jet-packed another 4km back to the mothership for a successful rescue. It wasn't too extreme, but it was unusual for my missions and it definitely felt like Valentina was earning her BadS flag. Constantly switching back and forth to coax the simultaneous final approach was challenging and very satisfying. Isn't it funny how we credit our little Kerbals with successes we ourselves perform? It's like a comic, Kerbal-ish form of modesty