Incarnation of Chaos

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  1. Which i don't really mind; it's just nice to see that my suspicions confirmed xD
  2. I remember seeing that.....i think Scott Manley talked about that; also pointing out that many of the ships of the expanse have no visible way to dump that heat.
  3. Near Future Electrical has a reprocessor which takes DU and converts it into Xenon, it also can convert Ore into Enriched Uranium.
  4. Hm.....they did have to pretty much craft each planet's anomaly map by hand for the stock KSP system; you make a great point here. But i find it very unlikely Star Theory will do anything beyond the standard patched conics implmentation and whatever "Solution" they have for rask and rusk. Just because of time, along with the possiblity it would throw newer players off.
  5. Considering there's a mod for "Lumpy" gravity in KSP1; this will likely be modded in pretty quickly by someone. Since KSP2 will make it so much easier to do, and it's something realism freaks would want.
  6. This is awesome.... Also we should totally get Spice Geysers from Spore because why not.
  7. So they literally took an existing concept, and slapped a cool name on it just so they could fudge the ISP numbers and have cool-looking ships. Welp; not the worst iv'e ever seen in Science Fiction, but still kinda silly.
  8. The other reason Xenon IRSU isn't really a thing is primarly the fact that it's a Noble Gas, and a rare one at that......So the concentrations of Xenon in planetary atmospheres are pitiful (1 part per 11 million). It almost makes me ask the question if using a Nuclear Reactor and somehow tapping off the Xenon-135 and intentionally bombarding it with neutrons to convert it to Xenon-136 (Half life is something around 2.165 X 10^21 years, so basically stable); this also would make your reactor harder to poison (Which makes me think this is difficult/impossible because otherwise it'd likely be done commercially). Though even the crazyness of intentionally poisoning a reactor to create and collect Xenon seems less of a challenge than seperating Xenon from an atmosphere; it's inert and basically not even there which makes chemically seperating it difficult (Nothing bonds with it so you have to filter everything else out, including other much more common Noble Gases like Argon and Krypton). Meaning your only "Real" option is cryogenic seperation; which requires entire industial parks and massive amounts of energy on earth. Perhaps you could use the Cryogenic LOX in some kind of heat exchanger on the ship to ingest and cool the surrounding air to it's liquid state, but even that would add an immense amount of mass for the needed radiators and loops. And it would result in the slow loss of your fuel (Though making Oxygen to liquify is muchhhhhhh easier than making Xenon). All of this though is assuming you have the sheer energy to run the various equipment needed to do this; all of which is on top of your normal life support and science equipment. And that's an assumption which also means you're using truckloads of solar (Which wouldn't fit on a reasonable sized lander) or you're using nuclear power (At which point perhaps). And all of the heat exchangers, compressors and other refigiration equipment also means your ship has to carry a massive amount of extra dry mass you may only use once or twice. But all of this is coming from a realism standpoint, which in KSP isn't really relevant since we mine generic "Ore" and convert it into a number of substances without any of this. I'll be interested to see if anyone knows of any realistic way to handle and manufacture cryogenic liquids in something that doesn't look like a floating industrial park xD
  9. Welp that's one of the most honest answers i think i'm gonna get xD I'm actually a big fan of the expanse, but the hype around the epstein drive i couldn't ever understand.
  10. I still don't understand the difference between an epstein drive and a fusion torch tbh
  11. Fusion drives are also something that we know for sure are physically possible, so i would have to agree.
  12. This is somewhat related to the thread at hand i guess; asking because you're the mods current maintainer and it's about reaction wheels. Does TweakScale actually scale the force applied by reaction wheels up or down when resizing? Couldn't really find a straight answer anywhere.
  13. It's the fact that we haven't demonstrated it can ACTUALLY be metastable; meaning the properties of a Metallic Hydrogen Engine aren't known. It's basically all conjecture from estimates from the late 70's that have already been demonstrated to be off the mark numerous times. He continues to attempt to impart this information, but people either don't want to or fail to understand what he's saying. So lemme try to give the tl;dr. Metallic Hydrogen IS predicted by current physics, and we're rather close to creating in a lab setting (We may have already) However the discussion isn't about if Metallic Hydrogen exists or could be used as a fuel. The discussion is if Metastable Metallic Hydrogen exists. What is "Metastablity"? In general it's where a compound or substance is "Trapped" at a higher energy level than it's ground state, but for some reason cannot spontenously transition back to the lowest energy state (This gets REALLY complicated). So the substance appears stable for all intents and purposes, it can be handled and worked with fairly easily even. But once additional energy overcomes whatever funk is preventing transitioning; BAM! All that penned up energy is released as it reverts to the lowest energy state. Metallic Hydrogen was predicted to remain in a metallic state even after the immense pressures were released, this would make it much denser and easier to handle than H2 or LOX. It would also mean an immense amount of energy would be released upon reverting back to gas. However current experiments have not shown this to be the case, as it rapidly transitions back to a gas or liquid depending on temps. All of these are at much higher pressures than predicted it would take. NONE of this means that metastable Metallic Hydrogen CANNOT exist; it's simply that we haven't PROVEN it's existance and the calculations that appeared to show it were WRONG. EDIT: I decided to put my money where my mouth was and look at some actual papers on the subject, the ones from 1968, 1974 were strangely locked behind a account. But i found 3 papers from a russian nuclear resarch university from 2016-2017 detailing a mathmatical simulation predicting a metastable form of Metallic Hydrogen that could appear at 500 Gigapascals, along with it's superconducting transition. All current experiments have been well below this threshold. Star Theory could've talked to these authors for some kind of basis for their engines, that doesn't really change the current state of things. But it does mean there's at least active interest in the scientific community for Meta stable Metallic Hydrogen.
  14. Yeah i wasn't planning on this approach when writing simple programs; the dynamic typing only becomes cumbersome with larger projects. It's not even a speed issue, more readiblity and debugging.