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So today I was reading up on Elon Musk’s latest heavy rocket.

Basically he is duct-taping 3 rockets together and using them to launch his car (yes his car) into an orbit beyond Mars......  They also say it and I quote “might” work.......

Anybody else ever heard of anything more kerbal like ever?

 

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6 minutes ago, Rocket Farmer said:

Anybody else ever heard of anything more kerbal like ever?

I launched a model rocket and strapped fireworks to it for New Years day

 

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I made my Vespa faster by the simple expedient of removing big lumps of the chassis (it's monocoque) all the redundant wiring and fitting a lightweight saddle and bicycle mudguard (held on with electrical tape). Oh and a Harley petrol tank.

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Imagine 80mph on this...........

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Orion (no, not the current NASA project of the same name, the *real* Orion).  Send a battleship-sized spaceship into space by setting off nuclear weapons underneath it.  Theoretical top speed: 10% of lightspeed.  Not just kerbal, but straight out of E.E. doc Smith.

Scott Manley has a small playlist of these (4 videos): https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYu7z3I8tdEmmUlCpcj-7BUt0X-sdjmtt

 

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The 1970s U.S. Navy Space Cruiser project is pretty kerbal. Non-pressurized cockpit with the pilot's noggin in a space helmet showing outside. Launched on an ICBM. Mk. 1 Eyeball navigation. The craft greatly resembles certain micro-optimized craft made by Turbo Pumped (youtube).

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"Ignition!: An informal history of liquid rocket propellants" by John D Clark. The whole book.

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ISRO's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle. Four stages, alternating solid and liquid. First and third stages are both HTPB, with the first stage filled with more than a hundred tons of boom. Second and fourth stages burn two *different* hypergolic liquids (UDMH/N2O4 and MMH/MON). First stage is augmented by six (count-em!) solid boosters, four of which ignite at launch and are dropped at T+ twenty-five seconds when the other two ignite. Totally amazing.

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A favorite story of mine is that of HGS-1 (also called Asiasat-3 and PAS-22, but was called HGS-1 during this story).

A proton launch failure left the satellite in the wrong orbit (highly elliptical, presumably something like geosynch-intercept).  To save the bird, launch control looped it around the moon.  This used up about half the delta-v for stationkeeping and left the inclination about 11 degrees off, but left Hughes with a workable satellite.  After another sale, the it was moved yet again (no inclination change).  There was another plan to fix all the inclination with a much slower route, but since they couldn't track such progress it was never used.

I'm not sure what the design lifetime of the bird was, but it only lasted 4 years before removal to the graveyard orbit.  It also suffered loss of a solar panel, presumably dealing with different heating/cooling cycles than expected (well, according to wiki.  I don't think GSO birds get much shade from the Earth, although it may have suffered from being behind the Moon.  Presumably the "slow route" would have been harder on the bird).

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On 1/6/2018 at 7:55 PM, Rocket Farmer said:

So today I was reading up on Elon Musk’s latest heavy rocket.

Basically he is duct-taping 3 rockets together and using them to launch his car (yes his car) into an orbit beyond Mars......  They also say it and I quote “might” work.......

Anybody else ever heard of anything more kerbal like ever?

 

The "launching the car" part is super Kerbal. The "strapping 3 proven rockets together" part seems imminently practical. It works in the game because it works in real life :)  Both for the same reason too...once you've worked out all the bugs on something it's better to not mess with it.

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The PLUTO missile, a nuclear powered missile large as a train flying at supersonic speed at sea level. Able to kill just by the supersonic blast, cover the land with radioactive waste and design to launch nuclear bombs (just in case)...

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United Airlines Flight 232 (1989)

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Sioux City Approach: "United Two Thirty-Two Heavy, the wind's currently three six zero at one one; three sixty at eleven. You're cleared to land on any runway."

Haynes: "[laughter] Roger. [laughter] You want to be particular and make it a runway, huh?"

 

 

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I`ve heard about  a red roadster "going somewhere" on top of a huge rocket.
If i were Mush...  errm Musk (which i am not), i`d refrain from such enterprise, for reason.
But anyone has issues, and such issues (in this case the presence of a red roadster) can be solved the kerbal way.
So i resume if i were Musk (which i am not), yes, i`d launch the thing, for no apparent reason (except PR).

Most Kerbal thing i`ve ever heard of, true.

 

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41 minutes ago, Ty Tan Tu said:

Didn't even mention they (sorta) landed the thing without any hydraulic controls. No control surfaces whatsoever.

Thats a) amazing and b) kerbal there.

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59 minutes ago, Geschosskopf said:

Yuri Gagarin actually was ejected from the space capsule, and parachuted down to Earth separately. 

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As G-forces subsided and the capsule continued descending safely, Gagarin prepared to eject from his craft. At an altitude of seven kilometers, the main hatch of the capsule was jettisoned and seconds later, the pilot ejected. It was 10:42 Moscow Time. Gagarin's ejection seat then came lose gently and he was left falling toward earth. The main parachute of the PS-6415-59 system deployed successfully, however the backup chute came out later as well and, after some delay, deployed. As a result, Gagarin was descending under two parachutes. During the parachute descent, which lasted from six to 10 minutes, Gagarin struggled to open a valve for breathing atmospheric air. The device stuck below his external orange layer and he had to use a mirror to pull the valve.

 

 

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23 hours ago, Urus28 said:

The PLUTO missile, a nuclear powered missile large as a train flying at supersonic speed at sea level. Able to kill just by the supersonic blast, cover the land with radioactive waste and design to launch nuclear bombs (just in case)...

Well... it's the only way to be sure.

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I saw a kid MIG weld without his helmet for few seconds, teacher didn't even know what happened

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On 1/7/2018 at 9:29 AM, wumpus said:

Orion (no, not the current NASA project of the same name, the *real* Orion).  Send a battleship-sized spaceship into space by setting off nuclear weapons underneath it.  Theoretical top speed: 10% of lightspeed.  Not just kerbal, but straight out of E.E. doc Smith.

I remember reading George Dyson's (son of Freeman Dyson) book on Project Orion, and some of the anecdotes they had in it.  Going from memory rather than verbatim, but they had a conversation with an Air Force admiral that went something like: 

"I get guys in here every week proposing to use giant rockets to send little tiny payloads up into orbit, and here you are proposing to send up an entire goddamn spaceship?"

"We're talking nuclear detonation engines: we can put something roughly the mass of downtown Chicago into orbit."

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