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  1. Nope, that's not it, I'm in the same timezone as the launch and it's not perfectly 2 hours off, it's 1 hour 50 minutes off If it's just me I'm guessing it's just YouTube being weird
  2. Am I the only one wondering why the livestream says its starting almost 2 hours before launch? I'm sure it's just a small mistake somewhere but... eh, whatever
  3. ...except, of course, those orbits wouldn't be low anymore. If you want a REAL low orbit then you're gonna have other problems as mentioned above.
  4. SHHHHHHH DON'T SAY ANYTHING (But... given 2020's luck so far...)
  6. I remember there was an unofficial community-run weekly thing at one point, years ago.
  7. Didn't Elon say something about "aiming for about 1.5" at one point?
  8. I feel like that's not the last time we're going to hear those words around here
  9. AW YES LET'S DO THIS Wallops is a 5 hour drive from where I live, hope I can follow them a bit more up close and personal sooner or later...
  10. I didn't mean to suggest that they were going to test it to destruction, I thought he meant SN2 was going to do the tests it was going to do before it blew up- pressurization, Raptor static fire, etc. There was already some speculation on SN1 not flying the 20km hop because of Elon's tweets and minimal equipment being mounted on the outside of the tank (where it would be easier to service but hard to move inside for flight). I'm guessing that "stripping to a bare minimum" means the same thing they did for SN1, but that doesn't mean it's supposed to blow up. And, yes, obviously it would test the thrust structure welds (as well as the tank autopressurization and Raptor firing, probably?)
  11. I... I guess? What the heck does "don't shuck the puck" mean?! But yeah, I'm *guessing* that's what he meant, and this as also suggests that SN2 isn't going to fly- it's just going to do what SN1 was doing with pressure tests. So... I'm guessing after SN2, if it succeeds, they'll start building SN3, and THAT will do the 20km hop. Hopefully in only a few months, they can certainly build one that quickly by now. Of course, it's getting a bit repetitive saying each vehicle is supposed to do a 20km hop, and then it blows up
  12. There's a question mark-- I think these diagrams just try to show speculation as well, even if it's contested. Though it's kind of odd that the header tank isn't filled in... Also, as for construction, I would assume a single, very tall ring per tank would be best to minimize welds, but it might not actually make as much sense as it seems- first, it makes it a lot harder to transport the larger sheets of metal. You need a larger, custom machine to roll them up. I don't know about this, but I could see how thermal expansion could be a problem, too, or at least harder to predict. And, lastly, it doesn't get rid of any of the welds that have actually failed so far. Those are where the domes are attached. So it doesn't really solve the problem. I think they just need better, higher quality, smooth, automated welds protected from wind.
  13. Yeah, I was wrong lol. Guess it's just because it's really old crust, then?
  14. Remember, every Starship that explodes in development... ...is simply more content for Part 2: "How Not to Fly a Starship." Doesn't seem to phase SpaceX in the slightest.
  15. I didn't bring that up just to sound like a smug idiot, I said this so I could show this map!- the red circles all mark visible, exposed, confirmed impact craters Took me a while because this thread motivated me to just go ahead and finish all of Canada. Even the parts not visible in this screenshot. Yep. Right now. (I may need help) I am not a geologist, but I'm guessing the reason there are so many here is that they've been preserved under ice sheets. Sure, they eroded basically the entire landscape, but I guess big enough depressions were fine- and sediments covering them weren't as much of a problem because the glaciers were transporting sediments away from those areas? Idk, again I don't know what I'm talking about here (EDIT: I told you I don't know what I'm talking about lol) And no, the giant thing off the Hudson Bay is probably not an impact crater, though apparently that's debated?
  16. "Odds" nothing. Quite a few of those are actually confirmed impact craters! It's always interesting to be able to see these on Earth, a good reminder that Earth is just another planet. Love this kind of thing- I've even tried looking them up and marking them on Google Earth in my spare time. Eventually, after enough boredom, it should have all visually identifiable craters on Earth. Most interestingly, the double lakes are BOTH confirmed craters, BUT evidence shows that they're from different time periods. Their proximity is merely a coincidence, as opposed to an asteroid breaking up. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clearwater_Lakes Here, have this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_impact_craters_in_North_America
  17. oh YES let's do this As @magnemoe suggested, I bet Starship could do it- sadly, it will be long gone by the time Starship is flying. Hopefully we'll get another one of these eventually- this isn't the first, after all. Maybe then we can land it. I think the article said until around April, so... sadly, no.
  18. Og, you're right, I'm just blind I guess lol Well, that's one mystery solved. Now what are those 3 FH missions? (That one air force mission is one of them, ViaSat may be another?) Yeah, that's a fairly likely possibility, but I'm still not sure TBH...
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