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  1. It should be named "Spice", as irl one can't produce everything from the same resource, it's obviously a hallucinogene.
  2. It has a C# API for plugins, and (Blender or Wings3d) + Unity for modelling. Both Visual Studio and SharpDevelop can compile its C# code when you include several KSP files in the project assembly. Of course, you need to download PartTools library from this forum for Unity project. ModuleManager mod allows to define/redefine various aspects of the parts.
  3. About ten of its maiden flights were to be uncrewed. Also, an uncrewed combat module was based on it.
  4. The Starship starts looking more and more similar to GK-175 / Enerrgy-2 2nd stage. (The nose shroud is heat-protected and retractable + hinged. The wings, fin, orbital engines, avionics are native Buranian.) Both carry 100..150 t of payload in cargo bay with door(s), both have ~1000 t total mass. Both contain the 2nd stage propulsion system. Both are more or less winged and finned. Both now have heat-protected nose. See in ITS BFS BFR Starship series, season 2: Ep1. "Teflon (donkey)". Starship receives heat protection from one ("bottom") side. ('cuz why fry only nose when you can glide and dissipate the heat with bottom?) (hi, full-steel last-winter Starship!). Ep2. "Wheels saga". Starship receives horizontal landing and wheels. ('cuz why land vertically when you glide horizontally). Ep3. "Light steel". Starship receives alumium hull instead of the steel one. ('cuz why need heavy steel when the bottom is anyway heat-protected). (To be continued). Gigantic Sea Dragon and Nexus were made of steel on purpose. They were to be manufactured in a usual shipyard from usual ship stuff. They were much heavier and thicker. So, their huge hulls had huge heat capacity, and their thick walls had low thermal conductivity. So, their steel hulls didn't require additional heat protection. Their fuel tanks were made of steel due to their huge pressure-fed engines with relatively low internal pressure. Starship is just as big as aluminium Energy 2nd stage, or a regular airplane. Steel ships are, steel planes aren't.
  5. Even a small Starship is still just a claim and a toy hopper. And looking at the rapid evolution of the Starship design, one could say it was more pictured than engineered. In fact, it's just getting closer to the earlier Energy-2 project (the winged 2nd stage with retractable shroud on a hinge to open) which was looking similar but was never implemented irl. And the bigger is the engine - the harder and more expensive is its engineering. Big chamber and nozzle make conditions not uniform and cause local instabilities, like those they were dealing with in F1. Huge thrust makes testing equipment huge. Together with huge fuel consumption it makes required funds huge and limits number of explosions tests. So, irl we have that still nothing heavier than 150 t was delivered to LEO by single-use and overexpensive rockets. *** About the significance of space flights in the world economics. A picture from (It's strange, though, that they just add dollars of 1977 and 2017 together without the currency rate recalculation) Probably only dinosaurs are more economically significant that the space. Both are hype drivers for adventure franchises.
  6. Receives a thread undead. Inserts a text typed with keyboard.
  7. There is no need to absorb Cs, it's enough good on its own.
  8. All of them hail aluminium tycoons. Aluminium planes, chops, ships, rockets, spaceships, antennas.
  9. (So, the airplane manufacturers' lobby was stronger than steel kings.)
  10. I don't know. But what I mean: if the places where the whirls born, are constant, then maybe we can study the Jup's landscape.