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Mad Rocket Scientist

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  1. Just now, Delay said:

    So what's the actual problem? Precipitation as basically non-existent right now. Apparently the problem could be charges in the atmosphere?

    Basically, risk of lightning strike. The rocket lowers the required potential for a lightning strike as it flies through the atmosphere.

  2. On 5/30/2019 at 6:48 AM, Reactordrone said:

    Astronomy live did some nice observations of Starlink satellites and a simulation of their visibility from a couple of latitudes through the year.



    That's a pretty large impact, especially if other constellations like that are launched. I'm kind of surprised that there isn't some kind of international governing body for this kind of thing, since it affects so many things.

  3. 6 hours ago, Kernel Kraken said:

    Is this supposed to be a graph of your face or something? I am utterly confused and Honors Algebra 1 has not covered this. Halp

    Reverse image search says it's the "Standard Model Lagrangian," and is an expanded version of everything known about particle physics.

  4. 7 hours ago, Shadowmage said:


    My only other concern on this is how SQUAD handles the code-side functionality -- will the code (PartModules) be limited to only being available when the expansion is installed, or will the core robotics functionality be available in the stock/core API?   (either is an 'acceptable' and workable answer, though one is certainly more desirable than the other).

    From upthread:

    On 5/6/2019 at 5:49 PM, JPLRepo said:

    Indeed. However, Modules and sections of the code that are DLC specific will not function without the DLC installed. The same as Making History code.


  5. I recall the reason previously given for not having stock moving parts was instability with intra-vessel docking/collisions. (And possibly inter-vessel docking if the docking port is connected to a moving part). Has this been resolved? Or will this use the IR system of ignoring collisions entirely? And how will autostruts interact with this? 

    I'm excited no matter how it works, and can't wait to play with it. :) 

  6. Thanks to @Cydonian Monk, Workers and Resources: Soviet Republic. It's not the most friendly city-building game, but it's pretty satisfying. It's great how large the map is too.



    My primary export is fuel and bitumen, but as soon as the rail line is completed I can start exporting prefab panels, concrete, cement, and asphalt. Then I can start a steel mill and export steel too. Currently I import most of the oil for fuel, steel, and all the miscellaneous stuff for building cities and supporting people.

  7. On 4/28/2019 at 3:36 PM, Brownie352 said:

    Are there any current Concepts or in development spacecraft to land people to mars and return them to earth?

    Off the top of my head, these are the ones farthest along:

    SpaceX is currently building flight prototypes for a ship that could land humans on mars.

    They intend to build a mars colony as soon as physically possible, to the point of building rockets in a field in Texas. They currently have the cheapest and most technologically impressive rockets flying. They plan to launch humans to mars by 2024, which is wildly optimistic.

    NASA is currently building a launch vehicle that could launch a crewed mars mission, although there's not really a lander yet.

    Complex politics and cost and schedule overruns, along with a design that looks a lot like previously cancelled designs makes a lot of people think that their plans will be cancelled before they get to mars. Their target date is 2033, which they might be able to achieve if the program doesn't get cancelled, and gets as much funding as they require (way more than they've had at any point since the Apollo program, and possibly even more).

    Blue Origin is developing (and building engines for) a launch vehicle that could also launch a crewed mars mission.

    They do not explicitly state a mars landing as part of their goal, rather "millions of people living and working in space." They basically have unlimited funding from Jeff Bezos, and if they're in the position to, will almost certainly try for a mars landing.

    The European Space Agency, China, and Russia also all have plans to the right of 2040, approximately.

    This is a pretty good rundown the history of all this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_mission_to_Mars

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