Mad Rocket Scientist

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  1. Mad Rocket Scientist

    SpaceX Discussion Thread

    That doesn't sound counter-intuitive though. I like that idea. I would love to see BFR turn into one of those great very early shuttle concepts. Not because I think they would work better, but because they look great.
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    Boring company

    Some more news: Some amazing "architectural visualizations" in the last one. EDIT: The building that the Brick Store is buying appears to still have a furniture showroom and car shop in it. I wonder if they were bought out.
  3. Mad Rocket Scientist

    SpaceX Discussion Thread

    Time for a new desktop background: Re: Zubrin SFS That would be an amazing idea, but I'm inclined to think that the slight delay in getting humans to mars in developing the BFR is worth it. On the other hand, if BFR takes a lot longer than expected it may look better in retrospect. I do I like the idea of using BFR to launch a Mars Direct mission. EDIT: I feel bad about Zubrin being so overshadowed by SpaceX and Elon Musk too. He really was talking about all this stuff way before Musk.
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    Try looking up "NASA pdfs"

    You might enjoy the NASA technical reports server:
  5. Mad Rocket Scientist

    SpaceX Discussion Thread

    That is a great launch video! Are you tracking the launch by hand?
  6. Mad Rocket Scientist

    Shower thoughts

    You might enjoy the Foundation series by Isaac Asimov, if you haven't already read it.
  7. Mad Rocket Scientist

    Ask the Mods questions about the Forums!

    I would have expected the peak to be during the 1.0 release (I miss the hypetrains) but that was in 2015. I can't believe I thought the comic sans thing was so hilarious back then.
  8. Mad Rocket Scientist

    SpaceX Discussion Thread

    Recovered != retropropulsive landing. It will probably just land with parachutes:
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    Attaching payloads & building rockets In real life?

    Typically, the rockets themselves are built more like a plane: conveniently sized, specialized, pieces are bolted or welded together. However, placing the payload on top of the rocket and inside the fairing (or sometimes even connecting the stages) is called "integration." This is what the lower half of the Atlas V 5-meter fairing and centaur upper stage being vertically (rocket points up, as compared to horizontal) integrated looks like: However, frequently the payload is "encapsulated" in the fairing in a clean room, then integrated with the rest of the rocket, to prevent contamination. This is the vertical integration of the NROL-52 payload encapsulated in the Atlas V 4-meter fairing:
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    For Questions That Don't Merit Their Own Thread

    Hydrocarbons are way better for storing energy:
  11. Mad Rocket Scientist

    The Probe!

    :hailprobe: True believers have no need for the gif. The probe is immortal, but the gif is transitory. The probe is hosted in our minds, but the gif is hosted at
  12. Mad Rocket Scientist

    'Restore previous content' in spoilers?

    CTRL-click also works, if you're on a laptop that doesn't have a middle mouse.
  13. Mad Rocket Scientist

    Ask the Mods questions about the Forums!

    Chrome and firefox with windows 10 seems to work, as well as chrome on android. I hate to ask, but have you tried clearing cache/cookies?
  14. Mad Rocket Scientist

    Stock Fairings made 1:1 Death Star using special method

    Pretty amazing that a vessel that size doesn't just crash the game. Can it land on planets without an atmosphere? Only 806 billion funds too.