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razark

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  1. As long as you don't violate the laws of physics, you can do anything with infinite resources. Whether it's practical, easy, or worth doing is a a completely different question.
  2. But if the fuel and oxidizer are combined, and only need heat to combust, how is it any different from a solid fuel? How do you turn it off?
  3. To be fair, you couldn't be bothered to take the entire flight and got off halfway. As for the paying customers deserving wings, I don't really give a damn about the professionals, either. They're all a pain in the ass. Let them decorate their shirts with whatever they want.
  4. Is X better than Y? Imagine if you will, an X that is better than Y? Would it be better than Y? "One crazy idea I had was what if it was possible (is it?) to make a propellant gel that ALREADY has the oxidizer 'baked' into it, and only needs some heat applied to combust it? " So, a solid fuel rocket? How does this avoid the issues with solid rockets that already exist?
  5. I had one of these show up on my doorstep last Friday. In a rather large box.
  6. I name my ships after my neighbor's dogs. However, I don't actually know their names, so I just call them "Untitled Space Craft 1" and "Untitled Space Craft 2". They don't seem to mind, though.
  7. It's hard to play the game when you don't explain the rules. You said "here's a photon portal", with no explanation of what that even means. If you have some magic item with no definable characteristics, it's impossible to say how it behaves. Photon: a particle representing a quantum of light or other electromagnetic radiation. Portal: a doorway, gate, or other entrance Therefore, a Photon Portal is a doorway, gate, or other entrance for a quantum of light So, the aliens give us a "window"?
  8. Since we're just making stuff up, then, my answer would be "No, we can't do it, because the Vogons are on their way with a constructor fleet."
  9. I dunno. What the hell's a "photon portal"?
  10. A couple coworkers were talking about it.
  11. The DC-3/C-47 is an awesome airplane. Just wish people would stop painting invasion stripes on them all the damn time.
  12. Say "Oh, my God, what is that thing?" then scream and cut my mic.
  13. But why? Let's just make stuff up and use that, instead!
  14. And yet you claim to like the eight fins of the Saturn-IB. Eight, or four? Which is it, huh?
  15. "Target" is pronounced with a hard G.
  16. First, what is a "city"? Second, where is it? What size? Is it a small thing, orbiting a planet? It's a station. Is it a handful of scientists on Mars? It's an outpost. Is it a self-sufficient settlement on the moon? It's a colony. Is it the single entity that most civilizations refer to as the example that all human settlements should aspire to? It's "Byzantium", Constantinople", "Istanbul", or multiple other names depending on where and when you are.
  17. What do you mean "All other things being equal"? There's a lot more that goes into it. No single answer is going to fit every rocket. The Redstone and Saturn V had four. The STS had three. The Falcon has none. The answer is going to be "zero, three, or four, depending on the rest of the rocket design". But, as we all know, the only true and correct answer is 42.
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