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  1. Genesis. Complete with unplanned lithobraking. Corona Lithobraking avoided by way of midair catch by airplane. Hyabusa. Not the motorcycle. (This one was actually much faster.) And they're working on a sequel.
  2. FWIW, I would love to see a simple, all-in-one solution like this in more of a squat cone shape, like the Genesis return pod. Given that it’s only a single part, disassembly is far less likely than a mere sudden stop.
  3. Shadows of the Kraken: Remastered

    The editor doesn’t save quotes between pages, unfortunately. Thanks for the kind words... and nudge to get a few more chapters in-derped and edited properly. One day I’ll get this mess fixed. Whispers, on the other hand, is likely replete with typos but the strange characters are all fixed. Except for the ones that are supposed to be there.
  4. SpaceX Discussion Thread

    IIRC they're going to build a crew tower next to the pad just like ULA. Easier to do when you're only occasionally using that pad for Dragon and FH. I would assume the TEL will function the same, the tower will just be there for crew access and (maybe eventually) for vertical integration of gov't payloads...
  5. SpaceX Discussion Thread

    Hah! The conspiratorial plot thickens! Just read an absolutely credible source that Zuma was cancelled at the last minute because Oumuamua, the 400-meter-long cigar-shaped interstellar “asteroid” that recently passed by Earth, did not perform the expected braking maneuver! Absolutely credible! of course it didn’t stop. It scanned Earth and still found humpback whales, so...
  6. SpaceX Discussion Thread

    AFAK all the launch facilities (umbilicals, hold downs, etc) are on the TEL. The pad itself is pretty bare. It’s also on special-gauge rails so won’t be driving anywhere. There’s no launch pad in Texas or accommodation for a fully assembled rocket.
  7. SpaceX Discussion Thread

    Transporter/Erector/Launcher AKA the Strongback. It’s the contraption that moves the assembled rocket from the hangar to the pad, then lifts it vertical and launches it.
  8. SpaceX Discussion Thread

    Hah! I knew it! My money says Zuma was never even a real thing, it was all just a test, maybe so SpaceX could practice and verify horizontal integration for gummint birds that have, until now, required vertical integration.
  9. ALIEN SKIES: A 6.4-scale playthrough of GPP/Rald

    Year 7, Day 345... Our intrepid, and increasingly unhinged, quartet begin this update with a quick detour to the Kargyre impact basin. It's underwhelming, but not quite so under that they can go outside without suits. On a related note, somebody take a note to send them hinges in the next care package... That's the end of any hope for a breath of fresh air for a long time. Not at all related to Stinky's overuse of bleach in the lavatory. The crew now being the long, slow climb up the frigid, dust-blown Kharsis Plateau. Any hope for a decent view is also quickly lost, however, as they soon disappear into Rald's thick cloud layer. There's a good reason for going this way, other than the gigabytes of science they're recording, that is. RaldSCAN has uncovered yet another hulking, not-possibly-natural formation high on the plateau. It's some sort of enormous pyramid at the 9000-meter level. It's over 17 kilometers across, and a good 8km to the summit, 12,000 meters above the surrounding bedrock. [COMPUTER SIMULATION] Early attempts to climb it are, unfortunately, unsuccessful. What mysteries lay on its shrouded peak? Could that be the only spot for leagues still bathed in unfiltered sunlight? The science team has nominated Lodvin to go find out. What?!? Um, er, congratulations, Lodvin. I'm not going up there! You saw what happened last time! Ah... exactly! Lodvin, you're the only one who can go up there! Anyone else would be in grave danger. Everyone knows lightning never strikes twice, so you're effectively, uh, immune... (yeah that sounds good...) I am? Of course. You're sure? Absolutely. But it wasn't exactly lightning... Someone kick him out, please. Hey! Ok, fine, but I'm taking this! Fine. Just be careful, it's not paid off yet. Not paid off yet? Why are we making payments on it, we made it! Who are we making payments to?!? Oh. Alright, then, forget I asked... Hey, it works! Wooooooo Hoooooo!!!!! Just watch your thrust settings at high altitude, 12,000 meters is just above the Jetwing's estimated ceiling, you might not have much margin to-- BANG! Ow. Lovely. You're walking home, now. Who cares, this view is fantastic! Lodvin...? Wowwww..... Er... Lodvin...? Woooooow.... ...Lodvin? Wwwwwooooowwwwww..... LODVIN! What?! Are you feeling all right? Yeah, why? You've been up there for hours... No I haven't, it's been like two minutes! Look at the sun... . . . How'd that get so high? Maybe you should head-- I feel funny... My toes are all tingly... AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Not again--OW! Oof! D'ouch, my shin! Ow! Aaaack! Oh, my spleen! Ow! Why did I not see this coming--ow! THAT's gonna hurt in the morning! Augh! Eep! Seriously starting to re-think my life choices here--OW! Are bones supposed to go "crack?" Ow! Aaaack! How is this even physically possible--OW! Ugh, my shoulder just popped out! S'ok, it just popped back in. Ouch, on the wrong side! Just kill me now. Get back here, foot, I'm not done with you yet! Ooooh this is gonna-- OW! Aiieee! What even IS that?!? Why am I still falling--OW!--? This thing isn't even that steep--OW! Can we just be done now? ACK! How can this be boring AND painful?! OW! Is that really what my butt looks like? Shouldn't those endorphins be kicking in by now?! Y'know, body's natural painkillers--GAAAH! Is there a doctor in the house? What's up, doc? Ok, there's the ground, looks hard... Yep, it is! OW! oOF! UUuuuuugh... Ohhhh.... I think I pulled something. Wow. That was pretty bad. Maybe you should get back inside, now, Lodvin. Help, I'm stuck in the ladder! Ohhhhhhhh... I need a vacation.... Don't count on it. You're still paying for that JetWing. Ow.
  10. What did you do in KSP today?

    Damn. Just... damn. What’re you running KSP on, Skynet?? Dat framerate!
  11. So what song is stuck in your head today?

    We lost a cherished pet today. So, yeah, this cranked up till the walls shake and a glass of the good rye we keep for important stuff. Been on an Evanescence kick last few days, guess I saw it coming.
  12. Any 80's kids in the house? Did I just imagine this on Transformers?

    That seems right, but scanning thru it on YouTube I'm not seeing anything...
  13. SpaceX Discussion Thread

    Ah so. If Iridium’s got no issues, I’m guessing their whole “fairing problem” with Zuma is what’s inside the fairing. Maybe it’s interfering with the Klingon cloaking device. or maybe the whole thing is just one big ruse to surreptitiously test something, and in a couple days Falcon Heavy will come rolling out right on time for a Thanksgiving static fire, and Musk will be all like, “GOTCHA!”
  14. SpaceX Discussion Thread

    I dunno, man... uncertainty about even getting FH off the pad, now fairing issues... maybe now’s not the best time to be tempting fate.
  15. SpaceX Discussion Thread

    Wait a sec... I thought NASA didn’t do 13’s anymore...