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  1. @Ariggeldiggel I'm no expert on this, but I do have an analogy that may help: Imagine space as a three-dimensional grid, with galaxies sitting in it. This grid is constantly expanding in every direction, but the galaxies aren't physically moving away from each other - they're simply sitting in space and being carried along for the ride as every point on the grid becomes further and further from every other point. Now, this doesn't prevent the galaxies from moving about in space normally, as we do see some galaxies such as Andromeda moving towards us due to gravity. However, it does provide an explanation for why everything in the Universe seems to be running away from us no matter where we look - objects aren't necessarily physically moving, they're just becoming further apart as space itself becomes physically bigger. The interesting upshot of this is that the fabric of space doesn't need to obey the 'cosmic speed limit' aka the speed of light, because it's not made from matter or energy. This is why the observable universe appears to be about 93 billion light years across, despite being only 13 billion years old. Hope this helped!
  2. Highly doubt it's an actual component, the obvious resemblance to a turtle shell suggests to me that this buggy belongs to SpaceX's environmental team (given the abundance of turtles in the area).
  3. Probably too busy flying the spacecraft, only Jeb could recover from multiple thruster failures and still successfully dock.
  4. Rocket Lab is a US company, despite currently only launching from New Zealand. I think it's set up that way so that they're eligible for US government launch contracts.
  5. Not too bad of a delay it seems, thanks for keeping us updated guys! If anything, I'd interpret this as good news. 'Early 2023' and not just '2023' suggests to me that they're confident that it'll be ready for that relatively short release window.
  6. At least in my understanding, 'fairing' is colloquially used in the context of spaceflight to mean the disposable aerodynamic cover that surrounds payloads, but the general definition means just any aerodynamic covering. So I think Starship's nosecone still counts as a fairing, though I think referring to it as a 'payload bay' would probably still make more sense.
  7. The wording is interesting, though: Maybe I'm reading into this too much, but this seems to suggest that the PEA is largely complete, and a mitigated FONSI is the expected outcome. I don't think "mitigations" would be explicitly mentioned in this manner if the outcome was still unsure, or the FAA expected to grant SpaceX a regular (non-mitigated) FONSI or an EIS.
  8. That's basically what the colony VABs/launchpads already are.
  9. S20 is incompatible with Raptor 2, and changes to the stage separation design make it incompatible with B7+ boosters as well. There's a small chance that it could conduct a solo suborbital flight, but I wouldn't count on that. It's an old design now, SpaceX probably wants to move on.
  10. BFR was essentially the placeholder name for the older proto-Starship designs. Officially it stood for Big Falcon Rocket, but it could also be interpreted as something a bit more rude
  11. Note that we haven't seen an overpressure notice, which means that they can't use CH4. They should still be able to load LOX.
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