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  1. Excavate deep hole -> land Starship in the hole -> bulldoze regolith back into the hole -> cover StarshipBase up to access hatch(es) -> profit!
  2. Good to see guys still are working on their rocket. Without potential launches, there is not much interest from media to remind us about their efforts.
  3. Well, at least solid fuel engines are a bit simpler. A bit
  4. Yeah. Some innocent cruises of your coilgun-ship, and several millenia later a sentient species in a galaxy far, far away will be making "Sir Glorp Lokdob is the deadliest son-of-a- bthig in Universe." memes.
  5. We won't use it for the same reason rockets don't shoot big steel bullets. It's impractical. And pointless. Hot expanding gases serve the same purpose without extra steps. Coilgun without chunk of metal inside = linear plasma accelerator. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnetoplasmadynamic_thruster
  6. Ambitious goal. Wonder what kind of ion engine this probe will use, and how much deltaV it will have? Seven asteroids... whew!
  7. Ah, space adventures of Alisa, yes? I've read the books as a kid. It certainly helped with cultivating my sci-fi nerdness
  8. Not to mention many users instantly rebelling, and starting various Free AI movements. I would think history taught us that slavery in any form, is not a good way to have healthy society and economy.
  9. It's been done before: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Clancy's_Net_Force_Explorers I've read one of the books from this series - Deadliest Game. It is set inside and around VR MMORPG and crimes related to it. Quite interesting read.
  10. There is a joke circulating in my country, usually used during anomalous weather: "World is getting warmer - that's why it's so cold outside." Summer this year was actually... underwhelming. A bit colder and wetter than everyone expected from summer. Predictions of apocalyptic heat arriving from Africa failed to materialize. It also turned into autumn pretty quickly in September.
  11. Thems the fightin' words! At least his dad has a buddy with whom he can wax poetically about space. When I'm geeking over something awesome and space related, my family usually tells me to keep it down and not yell too loud. Hmph.
  12. There is difference between an orbiter and helicopter drone. Orbiter is much less likely to crash and scatter across the landscape.
  13. Pride of lions can actually bring down young elephants - not full sized adults of course, but... adolescent probably would be a right word. Packs of wolves were recorded hunting down moose. Baby mammoth separated from the mother probably would be in their range. Same for bears and tigers, though they do not hunt collectively, which limits their capabilities. All in all, i would be more worried about poachers. And dumb politicians thinking they are entitled to such trophy on the wall.
  14. Now for three days of floating. And return to Earth.
  15. Stream start! Music start! Go Inspiration 4!
  16. Your hypothetical EM-climbers would be Big Eaters, so i hope they are very, very good at agriculture too. Someone better at math than me can hopefully calculate how much energy you need to run through electromagnet, to keep circa 100 kg stuck to a wall for any appreciable length of time - but i can assure you that normal human body can produce only a fraction of required power. Your EM-aliens will need to eat a lot to cover nutritional needs. Which will require very robust digestive system. And equally robust nervous system\conductive structures to transfer produced energy to hand and feet. Robust = big. Unless you want to stuck micro fusion reactors from "Back to the Future II" in their bellies. Aside from basic body plan, i don't think your creations would be very human-looking in the end.
  17. True that. IMO only Hubble launch was close in the level of tension. ISS was even more important, but it was launched piece by piece.
  18. I will listen to an Earth-shattering KA-BOOOMMM!!! Alternatively, I will be hearing only myself, yelling "THEY DID IT!!!" again and again.
  19. Eh, I'd pay no attention to any long-time plans. Things change every time someone has a new, better idea. Or it turns out previous "good idea" won't work. Which isn't a bad thing - it keeps wheels of technological and scientific progress turning
  20. "You are late!" "Yes boss, I know and I'm sorry - but there was this huge space station blocking the road..." "Are you drunk too?!?" "I have proof." ... "OK, i gotta say - It's not something you see every day."
  21. Looks like SpaceX stole all of ferociter from BO - leaving them only with gradatim.
  22. Well, BO certainly does not have anything that can be considered immensely complex and high risk.
  23. Why do i have horrible feeling you are imagining a Cenobite, when you're talking about this suit?
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