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  1. zolotiyeruki

    SpaceX Discussion Thread

    In my current job, I work with a good half dozen different CAD programs, and I swear every single one has its own unique set of camera controls. It's really annoying. Does middle click and drag zoom or pan this time? Does right click and drag zoom, or does it rotate? Is it shift-middle-click-drag to rotate, or is that in a different program. Grrr.
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    If the first stage hits the drone on the way down, it's missing the landing barge anyway, so what's the risk? I don't know anything about StarLink--does it somehow not require directional antennas?
  3. zolotiyeruki

    SpaceX Discussion Thread

    Here's my question: why don't SpaceX put a second craft out there with a camera to catch the landings? Or a quadcopter, or *anything*? I don't think I've ever seen a droneship landing where the video feed *didn't* cut out.
  4. zolotiyeruki

    SpaceX Discussion Thread

    Or would that be a space-fa(i)ring tourist? That's an awesome picture, and makes me wonder if a personal heatshield would be plausible. Slowing down a 125kg astronaut with space suit would be easier than a 4 ton capsule, right? How long until we get a Marvel movie with Captain American surfing down from orbit on his shield?
  5. zolotiyeruki

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    The curved outer surface would just act like extreme dihedral, and keep the squishy meatbags in the leeward side, wouldn't it? Besides, the fairing has a diameter of about 5m and a mass of about 900kg, so a 75kg person on the inside surface wouldn't affect the CoM much. Of course, I'd also love to see each fairing half sprout stubby little winglets after separation and glide back to the launch pad
  6. zolotiyeruki

    SpaceX Discussion Thread

    I don't seriously think they'd do it, but the CoM issue is already a well-studied one--aircraft operators are *very* cognizant of weight and balance issues already. Besides, I understand each fairing half has its own reaction control thrusters, so it can make sure to re-enter in the correct orientation, and the curved shape will be aerodynamically stable. The shock when the chute opens looks pretty wild, though.
  7. zolotiyeruki

    SpaceX Discussion Thread

    A few seconds of googling tells me the payload fairing is deployed at 110-140km altitude. If SpaceX are launching a lighter payload, I wonder if they could strap some (suitably-space-suited) passengers inside the fairing for the ride of their lives. If Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin are selling tickets for a suborbital hop, SpaceX might as well also!
  8. zolotiyeruki

    SpaceX Discussion Thread

    11 more engines = about 35% more mass at liftoff? Or is there something else going on?
  9. zolotiyeruki

    SpaceX Discussion Thread

    Three things? What are the other two?
  10. zolotiyeruki

    SpaceX Discussion Thread

    Wow, the bell on the 2nd stage Merlin is a whole lot longer than it looks like from the onboard cameras!
  11. I know this challenge is all about shuttle design and flying, but we haven't had much in the way of rover payloads. Maybe a new mission could require the deployment of a rover via a cargo ramp?
  12. zolotiyeruki

    SpaceX Discussion Thread

    Beechcraft called. They'd like their name back. (ok, ok, it's not exactly a unique name...)
  13. zolotiyeruki

    Is a one day, solar polar race possible?

    It has been a while since I've dug into KSP aerodynamics, but IIRC shock cone intakes have a lower drag coefficient than pretty much any other 1.25m part in the game besides the tail connector. If you replace your current nose cones with shock cone intakes, it may gain you a bit of speed. EDIT: I just double-checked the .cfg files for the shock cone intake and the PartDatabase.cfg for the Advanced Nose Cone A, and the game hasn't changed them--the shock cone intake has a Cd of 0.3, and the ANC A has a Cd of 0.3477. The shock cone intake is 40kg heavier than the nose cone you're using, however (120kg vs 80kg).
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    Maybe the next one will be LZ-8?
  15. I didn't bother trying to point the engines through the CoM. I just attached all the boosters to the sides of my shuttle so I wouldn't have to worry about it. KSP could really use some 2.5m SRBs...