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  1. If you launch it sitting on its engine vertically, it ought to take off the pad slowly, and then you can slowly turn the sideslip into proper flight.
  2. You know, it's funny. In my head, I realize that thing's stupidly huge. But LOOKING at it... It doesn't look big enough, somehow, to hold 72 tie fighters... @[email protected]
  3. Well yes. But it's less the fuel and more 'my plane will burn to a crisp at about 4 minutes.' xD
  4. When you say it needs to be able to fly for fifteen minutes, is that at full burn, or can we ramp up to speed, then pull back for the duration portion?
  5. My quick and dirty way to design a Duna lander is that if it can hit space on Kerbin using a standard ascent profile, it's got plenty of juice to make Duna. That usually overengineers the lander by quite a margin, but I prefer having surplus fuel. They make for great emergency fuel deposits in case I'm not as efficient for later missions.
  6. So, an SSTO, that's only SRBs? Or do you also allow us to manually stage since there's no way to automate that in stock?
  7. Am I missing crew quarters, or do the escape pods have more crew capacity than the rest of the station?
  8. Oh for the love of... DID YOU WATCH THE MOVIE?! At the end, She is SPEAKING to them, and they are replying with their circlebits. THEY UNDERSTAND THE LANGUAGE. What they lack is bloody VOCAL CORDS TO REPLICATE IT... And have you learned a different language? It starts with 'childish' words and concepts, because that's the base everything else is built on. When trying to communicate with a completely different species, from a completely different BIOSPHERE, even those base concepts could be RADICALLY different. How do you explain the concept of 'red' to them if they see only in shades of
  9. It's not to prove that we're intelligent; there is a theory that mathematics would be an easier shared 'language' between disparate species, as they're both supposedly describing the same universal concepts.
  10. As far as the physicist thing, I assumed that the army had watched Contact. He and the Aussie one-liner do mention trying binary, primes, and Fibonacci sequences to try and establish communication, as well as trying to teach them algebra. And the later part of the movie shows they DO understand spoken English, at least, and presumably the writing as that's how they were gathering their lexicon. I imagine that the writing issue is a biological limitation on their part, being unable to form the shapes. "What do you mean it's not as long as Contact..." "We need to cut FORTY FIV
  11. Hadn't read the story. But the ending was HORRIBLE. I did not sign up for the wibbly-wobbly lunacy that it devolved into.
  12. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SNAP-10A Given that this was built in the 60s, I'm pretty certain we could make it smaller. Granted, this is just the reactor. Including all the cooling and shielding is a different question; it's like asking what the smallest internal combustion engine you can build is, but then also including the transmission, exhaust, and car electrics as well.
  13. Are you talking about the most recent one? That big one was coming in INCREDIBLY fast. It looked slow because the thing was the size of half the planet.
  14. *waggles hand* I work with modern computers on a daily basis taking their guts apart. Cheaper manufacturing, yes, because they only expect or WANT the device to last about 3-5 years at most. Many products are optimized for cost (in theory), instead of longevity. This results in a $100 purchase every three years instead of a $200 purchase every five. But back on topic... one of my big pet peeves is limited tool use; for instance, that lightsaber can cut through a reinforced blast door, but you'll still sit and wait for the troopers to come to you instead of cutting the bridge off.
  15. To be fair to the trope, most movie producers, scriptwriters, and moviegoers are primarily consumers of smaller engineering products. For most of their adult lives, or the entirety of their adult lives, they've purchased and used products with planned lifespans and intentional obsolescence. Cars built in the sixties will still run, with care. I don't think anyone is going to be saying that in 2076 about modern cars. There is a perception that stuff build before 1970 is more reliable than stuff after it because, in a WIDE array of consumer-level products, it's ACCURATE.
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