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  1. sh1pman

    SpaceX Discussion Thread

    Didn't really realize how big it was without humans for scale.
  2. Well, if this space force project actually takes off, you can be 100% sure that “enemy nations” will follow suit. Rocket and satellite manufacturers crave for a space race, as military and government contracts are their bread and butter. And the politicians will be more than happy to fund it, because “we need to have a Moon base and train space marines there to protect our nation!”. Win-win situation for everyone.
  3. Interesting, they are considering rocket reusability at some point in the future.
  4. When hell freezes over, we just might.
  5. I’m not saying the Moon should be colonized or anything, just that it will be used as a proving ground, a test site for new technologies, such as cargo delivery and loading, base construction, long term habitation, hydroponics, power management, low-g basketball, whatever is needed for human survival on distant worlds. Make sure everything works fine, then pack up and move someplace more interesting.
  6. Agreed. I just think we have to make sure everything works fine on the Moon first, so that if something bad happens and the crew can’t fix it, there will be a possibility for a rescue mission. Then go to Mars, then to Ceres, gas giant moons, ice giants, Pluto, Kuiper belt, planet 9, other stars, wherever.
  7. Your family may think otherwise. They’ll want you to return back home safely. Can you tell your wife and children that you're going on a suicide mission, and there’s a good chance you’ll die (for science and progress)? I don’t think I can.
  8. sh1pman

    SpaceX Discussion Thread

    Apparently, reusable boosters as well.
  9. sh1pman

    Russian Launch and Mission Thread

    Giant space jellyfish
  10. sh1pman

    SpaceX Discussion Thread

    Well, that’s the whole point of Block 5, isn’t it?
  11. sh1pman

    SpaceX Discussion Thread

    Guys. Forget chemical thrusters, this is Tesla. Looks like they finally made it work.
  12. sh1pman

    SpaceX Discussion Thread

    I've always secretly wanted a set of Draco RCS thrusters on my car. Next step:
  13. sh1pman

    KSP Weekly: Curious about Mars

    While you’re at it, can you please make Structural Tubes and Engine Plates shield their contents from drag, like cargo bays?
  14. sh1pman

    SpaceX Discussion Thread

    Orient the ship radial or antiradial to the Sun?