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Everything posted by sh1pman

  1. If I were writing a grant proposal for such a study, I’d ask for more money for more launches because one repeat is not enough for a convincing statistical analysis.
  2. It’s ok if countries do their military stuff there, but in a way that doesn’t fill the orbit with deadly shrapnel that endangers everything, including people. (e.g. X-37B and Russian inspector satellites didn’t generate nearly as much condemnation). Similarly, nuclear tests were banned because they produced fallout and raised the amount of radioactive isotopes like 14C in the atmosphere.
  3. “You see Ivan, old defunct Soviet satellites are not always in reasonable orbits, and this is life. Key to start.” I think you overcomplicate things, making them look far more cunning than they actually are. I’m 99% sure that space debris is just not an issue for MoD unless it endangers their own assets, which ISS isn’t.
  4. What I’d really love to see is a Peresvet laser gun vs. satellite test. Melting a sat is better than blowing it up into a thousand pieces! Because the 40k-style Main Cathedral of the Armed Forces needs to be protected with anti-orbital laser batteries.
  5. Roscosmos most likely knew, but couldn’t do anything about it. They have no authority over MoD, and the launch was from the army base nearby to Plesetsk, not the cosmodrome itself.
  6. Of course, but I was responding to the part about “weaselling out of ISS”. If the MoD says there’s no danger, Roscosmos can’t use the debris danger as an argument in favor of withdrawal from the program.
  7. Maybe, but no tracked pieces have such tracks yet, as far as I know. According to the press release by Russia MoD, the lowest-reaching debris are 40 km above ISS altitude. If this was intended as a way to weasel out of ISS, looks like they failed
  8. One full Starship tanker. Not ASAP, debris will still need several years to reach as low as ISS orbit.
  9. @DDE saw that. Even with tons of broken sats available, I still like my idea with Progress more
  10. So they still need to test MiG-31 missile vs. satellite and a “Peresvet” laser gun vs. satellite. I guess, filling orbit with shrapnel is a way to defend against FOBS. I think the best way to do the test and not anger anyone is to blow up a Progress after it finishes its stay on the station. Undock, lower the orbit to 200x200 km, fire the missile. Lowest risk of getting a debris that can hit the station or anything useful.
  11. What's the difference? Are the other objects trackable but unidentified, what does that mean?
  12. From MoD statement: Maybe they know something and don’t tell.
  13. I think it’s a good possibility. A test to make sure they can intercept a FOBS while it’s in orbit.
  14. Probably because they needed to do a live test of Nudol, and potential debris were of little importance to people who run ASAT development. But on the bright side, as we can clearly see, the test was successful. So no new tests are needed, right?
  15. Apparently, the launch from Plesetsk was detected early in the morning. The target satellite was in 500km orbit, just above ISS, so the cloud of debris will rain through ISS orbit on their way down. Cosmonaut job got much more exciting. Fun guaranteed!
  16. Possible ASAT test may have caused a debris field. Few unconfirmed details: Interesting, what kind of rocket was used. If it was indeed an ASAT test, and not the satellite just breaking up by itself.
  17. Only 5% kickback? That must be an all-time-low in the industry! Super impressive.
  18. Hahaha, I imagine suitcases full of cash from KBKhA and RSC Progress. “When corruption leads to progressive things”. But on a serious note, I remember him saying that it makes a lot of sense to make reusable side boosters on a super heavy rocket very long time ago. Possibly on a 2018 lecture in MSU that I went to. Clearly there’s some kind of math in his head where reusability DOES make sense.
  19. Here’s a thought, Rogozin has been very vocal about reusable Amur rocket plans, and allegedly ordered to stop Yenisei SHLV development to change it to methane and make reusable as well. But 2-3 years ago he was very skeptical about reuse and its economic value. Does he finally understand that “use same rocket many times = need spend less money” in a situation when American money stream ended?
  20. Anyway, imagine these things rolling autonomously on the Moon in groups. Providing anti-terrorist security I guess.
  21. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dead_Hand
  22. Meet Fedor’s big brother: EKATERINBURG, September 15 - RIA Novosti. The tests of the robot to ensure the anti-terrorist security of the Vostochny cosmodrome will take place in the near future, said Dmitry Rogozin, general director of Roscosmos. "The anti-terrorist security system - also there (at the Vostochny cosmodrome - ed.) Unmanned robots will work. We will soon conduct tests of an unmanned robot that will ensure the security of the entire cosmodrome perimeter. This is the latest development, including with our control system." - he told reporters. The experimental robotic platform "Marker" is a joint project of the National Center for the Development of Technologies and Basic Elements of Robotics FPI and NPO Android Technology. The Marker platform can be based both on a tracked chassis and on a wheeled chassis. Armament - a machine gun and two anti-tank guided missiles. "Marker" can work in tandem with a soldier, receiving target designation from the sight of his weapon, or be controlled remotely. Five platforms have already been developed: two on a wheeled chassis and three tracked. Formed scientific and technical groundwork and technologies, including those with elements of artificial intelligence, will be used to create technology for the study and development of the Moon and the planets of the solar system. Designers are already working on the possibility of autonomous movement of both single platforms and platforms in a group.
  23. Russia's main domestic spy agency has listed dozens of types of information for which Russians who disclose them abroad can be branded as "foreign agents", a move critics say creates risks for journalists who cover the army or space. The Federal Security Service published a list of 60 non-classified topics on a government website late on Thursday, many of them related to the military, that it said could be used by foreign governments against Russia's security. The list includes topics like military procurement, troop morale, the whereabouts of soldiers, troop numbers, their personal data and problems hindering the development of Russia's space agency, Roscosmos. Both Russians and non-Russians can be labelled as foreign agents under the legislation.
  24. NASA pays them to make a Starship whose purpose is to stay in Moon’s SOI and sometimes land on it. So you mean that NASA are idiots or kid themselves?
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