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  1. CatastrophicFailure

    What did you do in KSP today?

    Kurw–ait, can I say that here?
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    SpaceX Discussion Thread

    NS was also going a lot slower at Max Q, less than 500mph. F9 will be supersonic, so even with the engines canted away, I think that shockwave right on the tank front is gonna kill it. I imagine they’ll expect the worst but hope for the best with a downrange recovery. Or, come to think of it, they might use the opportunity to test their new automatic FTS system, too...
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    What funny/interesting thing happened in your life today?

    My wife... i just call them “Cat” and “Other Cat.” ...interchangeably...
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    Blue Origin thread. (New, replacing lost thread.)

    Flying and certified to carry passengers, which may be a good long while in the BFR’s case. NS still continues along after, at greatly reduced prices. Today, in addition to flying across the country, you can still pay a “few” bucks for a quick flightseeing tour in an “obsolete” aircraft. I think NS and suborbital tourist flights still have a long money-making period ahead.
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    SpaceX Discussion Thread

    Probably nothing significant, but... So... (like the other guy said), December, then?
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    SpaceX Discussion Thread

    As I understand it, they were missing by around 50 meters. They are getting better at aiming the fairing, but increasing the net size also increases their margin for error, so it’s a little of both. Herr Steve is, after all, essentially a prototype for several more boats, so they want to get the bugs out now. and that thing could catch some scary-big bugs...
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    Blue Origin thread. (New, replacing lost thread.)

    . . . crap Ok, on to Plan C...
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    What did you do in KSP today?

    If they’re just text, you could probably share them here (or rather in their own thread), just using the CODE function in the menu above if they’re only a couple kB.
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    Blue Origin thread. (New, replacing lost thread.)

    Great, now all I need is a second mortgage! To the BatCave PoorHouse!
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    SpaceX Discussion Thread

    No, Ford is no longer a sponsor, badum-tish. Looks like there’s a covered one next to the upper hatch, surrounded by yellow space-tape.
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    SpaceX Discussion Thread

    While there are still many unresolved issues with this, keep in mind that a fully-fueled BFS is capable of one L of a boostback burn.
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    SpaceX Discussion Thread

    wiz00dle.
  13. CatastrophicFailure

    SpaceX Discussion Thread

    Get the— ... oh.
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    Blue Origin thread. (New, replacing lost thread.)

    Couple more interesting tidbits:
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    SpaceX Discussion Thread

    It’s not just the heat, it’s the dynamic pressure. AKA hypersonic air drag and all the nasties it brings. And that MVac engine Bell is fragile as heck. Watch during a launch, just after staging, you’ll see a metal stiffening ring come loose from the end of the Bell. You could easily dent it with a hammer, it’s so thin. Protecting that is gonna be the big trick for re-entering a second stage. Doing a big retro burn is a likely way of doing this, but then it’ll still have to deal with the much higher G-forces from plunging faster into the thicker air, and most likely nose first, directing that force in a way it wasn’t designed for, in order to protect that engine Bell. And then you have the whole messy business of center of mass due to that heavy engine at the back. Realistically, I have no idea how they’re gonna pull this one off.