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Mazon Del

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  1. Alright guys and gals, here's the situation. Despite being an engineer, I'm not up on orbital math like some of you, so this is mostly a "Can anyone tell if this is even within the realm of possibility?" type question. Enjoy. As we all know, or are learning now, the Hubble Space Telescope is in Low Earth Orbit at around 300 miles altitude. For reference the ISS is at about 250 miles. Hubble weighs about 24,500 lbs (11,110 kg) and is described as being 43x14 ft (13.2x4.2 meters) in size. What I propose as a possibility is the following: In short, utilize the Falcon Heavy as an unmanned rec
  2. http://observer.com/2016/04/elon-musk-says-spacex-city-on-mars-will-be-announced-in-guadalajara-mexico/ Musk announces/reconfirms that specific details about the Mars Colonization plans will be revealed in September.
  3. Off topic, but if you like a space vista with beautiful backgrounds that have "things" to look at, I recommend looking into Homeworld.
  4. One thing I read today is that they are looking into methods of recovering the fairings as apparently those actually cost upwards of a couple million on their own, which is kind of impressive to me. I'd always thought of them as just relatively precise latices of aluminum and basically sheet metal.
  5. That fear is still there for normal hull. Heck, on the first Moon missions I remember once reading about how the crew was acutely aware that if they were to elbow the wall hard enough or lose control of a pair of needle nose in certain areas there was a decent possibility of poking a hole in the hull.
  6. And indeed, even if the Falcon 9 flubbed the launch, it now has the capability to emergency eject the payload and activate the chutes during launch. I hope we don't need an "unplanned live test" of that capability anytime soon, but I also would love it if it worked that first time.
  7. http://news.yahoo.com/probe-ula-rocket-engine-early-215155316.html So it IS getting a review done. The Air Force wasn't too happy about how close things came so they are participating.
  8. In a similar line of thinking, what about the thought of machining a nozzle, and having it mounted to the rocket such that the motor's exhaust must flow through it? Of course stand back before you light it off.
  9. The problem is that there is currently no system in place to bring any of the modules back. The shuttle, best I am aware, was the only way that was even remotely possible.
  10. Quite an impressive post PB666, good work! The only immediate criticism I might have is that the biggest unknown on such material discussions is that we have a lot of theories on the elemental compositions of various planets, moons, asteroids, etc and some spectroscopy or other surface readings, we have precious little information on what actually lies beneath the surface of most of these bodies. One could probably fairly argue that any of the inner planets are largely likely to be elementally similar on the whole (excluding gasses) as it wouldn't make the most sense for say, Earth to hav
  11. Personally, I've loved the idea (anybody got a rough idea how much that might cost, both in dV and in $?) of sticking a booster of some sort on it and just kinda kicking it into a solar orbit where we can one day enjoy it again.
  12. For a satellite launch, yes, but it is most certainly capable of suborbital shots as evidenced by their desire to use it as an anti-ICBM weapon.
  13. Really the big boon for it is the possibility of launching modules with very high volume, without having a similarly wide rocket. You can of course have fairings wider than the diameter of the rocket, but there is only so much you can do with that before it starts causing you issues. As increasing the diameter of the rocket tends to dramatically increase the costs of that rocket, it's a pretty decent way to pack big rooms onto smaller rockets.
  14. Technically only the laser is on a ship at the moment. The USS Ponce, and it is a test system, though testing is proceeding rapidly. I believe the laser is a 30,000 KW beam, and by the end of the year they intend to be testing something like a 150,000 KW beam. The railgun is not just yet on a ship, though that is supposed to happen this year, again it is a test system and not ready for combat though if the schedule holds they should start arming ships with production railguns on or about 2020.
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