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  1. From the animation they provided - how are they going to get 2kg? It looks like they plan to vacuum stuff, not scoop. Whatever- the main thing is they stuck a landing. Props for that. If they succeed in liftoff, docking and return; that's the miracle of modern engineering.
  2. Shadow looked weird, that's for sure. Well... if they do a full Apollo, would that mean the Chinese beat the Soviets in the Space Race?
  3. Feel free to chunk this into the appropriate thread - but I have question about something that bugged me early on in KSP: the inability to attach a something to another something if both are radially attached to the main something. Most notably, this applies to wing segments - like, when I try to make a big wing from a bunch of different parts, or say I wanted to build an OV-10 or P-38 lightning - with the tails being able to be connected to each other by a central wing. Or to make pontoons that connect with the fuselage via two girders at the ends of the pontoon Wit
  4. That's interesting - and makes sense. So the collisions and near-misses all get averaged out over time. I don't know why - but I also presumed that distant object 'nudging' was involved - hence my expectation that the angle between the non-aligned and a Jupiter (or just the net mass) would play a part - even if the two never got close. So what effect can a gas giant have over the evolution of a planetary system once orbits stabilize? What has been explained above makes sense if you follow the wandering Jupiter/Saturn - where they get close enough to fling stuff about.
  5. Hmmmm. I'm still trying to get a handle on this. So - presuming an active star forming region, there are eddies in the dust clouds with a net average spin. Yet because it's a cloud - that net spin is just that - a net... Meaning there are clumps that are zipping around on their own program. If I understand correctly, the objects that are in alignment with the net rotation of the system can form a stable orbit around the center... But the not aligned will be captured, reduced to zero AM (and eaten by the star), or flung out. So what is the process to make the captured align?
  6. I will try this. And then show my kids! Okay - next question: Is Jupiter responsible for the solar system having an orbital plane? I know that there is some expectation that everything accreted from a spinning disk of SN remnants... but it seems to me that the gravity from a planet as large as Jupiter might also assist in getting other planets' orbits to align. i.e. whenever one is above or below Jupiter's orbital plane, its gravitational force is at an angle from the plane of the other planet; and all things being equal should exert some sort of normalizing on the o
  7. I'm utterly stunned ever time I see this. Just floored. Does not get old
  8. @K^2 - so when I bend a coat hanger wire back and forth rapidly to break it, I notice that it heats up - just like stretching a rubber band several times in a row, and I always thought that working something like that generated heat. Interesting to read that they're different. So back to the wire... I'm guessing the bending is exerting different forces than the stretch you described, and that's why I notice the heat?
  9. Oh... I was a Marine. Doesn't get much cooler than that. I mean, I guess having your own rockets is pretty cool, too.
  10. Thanks fellers. Every day I learn a little more about just how much I don't know
  11. Let me refine this - what about for applications like cracking codes or encryption - would the cpu or gpu have an advantage?
  12. Which makes a better supercomputer - systems build around CPUs or GPUs?
  13. Had you not posted that - I was thinking about SPIE rigging. What's the slowest a plane can fly? Even a 40kt jerk from a rope does not sound fun.
  14. One of my many tasks I performed in my early days in the Corps was hooking up loads to CH - 46 and CH - 53 helicopters. I've helped them schlep a lot of heavy gear across the sky, artillery included. I've also seen what happens when things go wrong - which was the impetus for my post. The idea of trying to capture a dynamic load with both the load and the bird on the move is... Creative. That they found pilots willing to do it... Stunning.
  15. I'm sorry - but Elon Musk's job is pretty damn cool. Almost as cool as what I used to do. ... Almost.
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