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Re: Space exploration thread
« Reply #3040 on: September 19, 2021, 10:27:28 pm »
Bad news is that I’ve got to work about 2000 years to afford one trip…
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Re: Space exploration thread
« Reply #3041 on: September 19, 2021, 10:30:28 pm »
Wasn't it the same with the steel (Carnegie) and oil (Rockefeller), etc., industry back in the day? They drove the technical innovation and made transportation affordable, bringing a 3 month cross-US voyage by horse to a mere week by train.

I'm not sure that's a realistic comparison to space tourism.  How about these guys stick to stuff the human race needs now, where technology exists and utilising their resources could transform the lives of literally billions of people within five years? Better than shooting rich people into space surely?
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Re: Space exploration thread
« Reply #3042 on: September 19, 2021, 10:38:23 pm »
I'm not sure that's a realistic comparison to space tourism.  How about these guys stick to stuff the human race needs now, where technology exists and utilising their resources could transform the lives of literally billions of people within five years? Better than shooting rich people into space surely?
I'm not disagreeing with your sentiments, but that's a wishful thinking, mate... Yeah, it would be good, but it's not realistic. Even the big magnates of that time became big philanthropists as a competition who will give more, not because they felt good for the human race in any way. As much as it sucks in some aspects (mainly creating disparity), competition drives progress. Regulations is what curbs the disparities (as we know all too well even in football), regulations are lacking.
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Re: Space exploration thread
« Reply #3043 on: September 19, 2021, 10:39:42 pm »
Bad news is that I’ve got to work about 2000 years to afford one trip…
I bet you knocked a few years off that number already, so stop whinging and get on with it!  ;D
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Re: Space exploration thread
« Reply #3044 on: September 20, 2021, 09:50:33 am »
I'm not disagreeing with your sentiments, but that's a wishful thinking, mate... Yeah, it would be good, but it's not realistic. Even the big magnates of that time became big philanthropists as a competition who will give more, not because they felt good for the human race in any way. As much as it sucks in some aspects (mainly creating disparity), competition drives progress. Regulations is what curbs the disparities (as we know all too well even in football), regulations are lacking.

Of course it's not realistic. I'm just tired of lauding these tax evading shirkers for what they're doing instead of them rightfully getting shit for what they should be doing but aren't.

As I said, I love space exploration and discovery, but for me this is just space-washing by men trying to launder their reputations to the public. As I see it, whatever benefits might come of it are trickle down.
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Re: Space exploration thread
« Reply #3045 on: September 20, 2021, 09:53:34 am »
100% not the case for Musk imo, he truly believes for the human race to survive they need to be multi-planetary and everything SpaceX does is aiming towards that.

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Re: Space exploration thread
« Reply #3046 on: September 20, 2021, 09:57:22 am »
I'm not sure that's a realistic comparison to space tourism.  How about these guys stick to stuff the human race needs now, where technology exists and utilising their resources could transform the lives of literally billions of people within five years? Better than shooting rich people into space surely?

A lot of this tech will filter down though, and wouldn't necessarily be developed otherwise.

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Re: Space exploration thread
« Reply #3047 on: September 20, 2021, 03:09:40 pm »
100% not the case for Musk imo, he truly believes for the human race to survive they need to be multi-planetary and everything SpaceX does is aiming towards that.


Orrrr... he could set up a lobby opposed to the fossil fuel industry to try and buy off politicians currently resisting plans to tackle climate change?  I dunno - maybe he has!

A lot of this tech will filter down though, and wouldn't necessarily be developed otherwise.

So... trickle down technology? ;)

I've said my piece now anyway. I don't want to derail the thread, although I do think billionaire spacemen should be separated out from this discussion. As you were everyone. :)
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Re: Space exploration thread
« Reply #3048 on: September 27, 2021, 11:34:26 pm »
SN20 is cryotesting very soon.. maybe tonight
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Re: Space exploration thread
« Reply #3049 on: September 28, 2021, 11:46:40 am »

Orrrr... he could set up a lobby opposed to the fossil fuel industry to try and buy off politicians currently resisting plans to tackle climate change?  I dunno - maybe he has!

So... trickle down technology? ;)

I've said my piece now anyway. I don't want to derail the thread, although I do think billionaire spacemen should be separated out from this discussion. As you were everyone. :)

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Re: Space exploration thread
« Reply #3050 on: September 28, 2021, 12:46:54 pm »
Enlightening input as ever  ::)

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Re: Space exploration thread
« Reply #3051 on: September 28, 2021, 01:42:32 pm »
SN20 did cryo testing  last night

A small number of heat tiles popped off in the process
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Re: Space exploration thread
« Reply #3052 on: September 29, 2021, 10:00:37 am »
Speaking of heat tiles.....
There's an insight on the web to the failed shuttle that burnt uonon reentry. It seems the ground crew knew there was a strong chance this would happen after they analysed the footage of the bit of ice from the boosters, but decided against telling the crew as they knew there was nothing that could be done. What a horrible secret to have to keep. I wonder if they had to bareface lie to the families.

Sorry, massive human challenges as well as technical ones.
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Re: Space exploration thread
« Reply #3053 on: September 29, 2021, 10:49:24 am »
Both shuttle disasters were littered with human errors weren't they? The Challenger documentary is especially chilling to watch and it should never have flown on the day it did!

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« Reply #3054 on: September 29, 2021, 04:57:26 pm »
Speaking of heat tiles.....
There's an insight on the web to the failed shuttle that burnt uonon reentry. It seems the ground crew knew there was a strong chance this would happen after they analysed the footage of the bit of ice from the boosters, but decided against telling the crew as they knew there was nothing that could be done. What a horrible secret to have to keep. I wonder if they had to bareface lie to the families.

Sorry, massive human challenges as well as technical ones.

It wasn't ice though?  It was foam shedded by the main tank during launch that struck the leading edge of Columbia's left wing and punched a hole in it.  It had happened on numerous occasions before without consequences, which was one more reason why they didn't bother informing the crew.

I saw a programme many years ago that considered several possible rescue scenarios had the damage been discovered prior to reentry. One was a rescue shuttle; another was a flight plan for re-entry that favoured the undamaged wing edge; if that wasn't possible then another option was to get Columbia far enough into the atmosphere were the crew could bail out through the emergency hatch.

The shuttle, although a technical marvel, was plagued by design flaws as a result of competing requirements.
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Re: Space exploration thread
« Reply #3055 on: September 30, 2021, 01:58:08 pm »
Ah, probably right about the foam Red Berry. Just my memory. The takeaway for me was the ground crew knowing.
I 'think' they knew they couldn't get a rescue mission up there fast enough. Don't know about the undamaged wing. Would like to think they would try anything possible.
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Re: Space exploration thread
« Reply #3056 on: October 5, 2021, 10:13:04 pm »
William Shatner is going into space on Blue origin next week.

It will make him the oldest person in space at 90 years old..


Quite the story that

https://etcanada.com/news/825036/star-treks-captain-kirk-rocketing-into-space-next-week/
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Re: Space exploration thread
« Reply #3057 on: October 13, 2021, 02:20:24 pm »
William Shatner is going into space on Blue origin next week.

It will make him the oldest person in space at 90 years old..


Quite the story that

https://etcanada.com/news/825036/star-treks-captain-kirk-rocketing-into-space-next-week/

My favourite part is him telling us we have to stop wrecking the planet just before he is about to go on a rocket trip that produces over 300 tons of CO2 per launch.

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Re: Space exploration thread
« Reply #3058 on: October 13, 2021, 03:10:20 pm »
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Re: Space exploration thread
« Reply #3059 on: October 13, 2021, 05:08:14 pm »
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Re: Space exploration thread
« Reply #3060 on: October 13, 2021, 05:09:54 pm »
Done!

So people may find all this 4-5 minutes in space a bit of a gimmick.

Eventually, there will be orbits of the earth and then trips to the moon.

In the long run all this is extra technology to make us live on other planets.

May take a couple of hundred years like
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Re: Space exploration thread
« Reply #3061 on: October 13, 2021, 05:29:36 pm »
William Shatner is going into space on Blue origin next week.

It will make him the oldest person in space at 90 years old..


Quite the story that

https://etcanada.com/news/825036/star-treks-captain-kirk-rocketing-into-space-next-week/

No need for it at all, he lived there for years so they could at least have let someone who's never been before have a go

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« Reply #3062 on: October 13, 2021, 05:52:34 pm »


Looks like I won't need to bother to diet before my flight.
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Re: Space exploration thread
« Reply #3063 on: October 13, 2021, 09:16:00 pm »
Glad he made it back safely and had a magical experience. Who knows, in about 20 years we might all be able to afford to go there

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Re: Space exploration thread
« Reply #3064 on: October 22, 2021, 10:17:08 pm »
They’ve successfully (I assume) done a static fire test of the raptor vacs. 

Musk says it will be ready to launch next month…. Although the environmental clearance needed means that almost certainly won’t happen until next year.
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Re: Space exploration thread
« Reply #3065 on: November 12, 2021, 06:23:08 pm »
SN20 6 raptor static fire just competed!


Looked good…
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Re: Space exploration thread
« Reply #3066 on: November 13, 2021, 05:26:30 pm »
SLS Artemis-1 not expected to launch before February 2022. Fuck me, that's at least five years behind schedule.  :butt
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Re: Space exploration thread
« Reply #3067 on: November 23, 2021, 02:07:18 am »
I'll just leave this in here. Sick of this shit...

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-59307862
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Re: Space exploration thread
« Reply #3068 on: November 25, 2021, 03:11:57 pm »
JWT has been delayed by 4 days, hopefully there aren't any issues that may affect its launch or when it reaches space. This telescope is really going to be a game changer along with Vera Rubin Observatory.

Also saw a paper from Prof Rowan Robinson on Planet 9 and some IR anomalies that were detected on data taken by a probe/telescope in 1983. He's not convinced but its worth investigating.
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« Reply #3069 on: November 26, 2021, 07:15:40 pm »
JWT has been delayed by 4 days, hopefully there aren't any issues that may affect its launch or when it reaches space. This telescope is really going to be a game changer along with Vera Rubin Observatory.

Also saw a paper from Prof Rowan Robinson on Planet 9 and some IR anomalies that were detected on data taken by a probe/telescope in 1983. He's not convinced but its worth investigating.

They're probably worried about hitting Russian space debris.
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Re: Space exploration thread
« Reply #3070 on: December 5, 2021, 03:13:49 pm »
Comet Leonard is low in the sky after sunset, visible at 4th magnitude. It's on its way to being ejected from the solar system, so this will be your only chance to see it.
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Re: Space exploration thread
« Reply #3071 on: December 5, 2021, 08:42:18 pm »
Comet Leonard is low in the sky after sunset, visible at 4th magnitude. It's on its way to being ejected from the solar system, so this will be your only chance to see it.
https://www.skyatnightmagazine.com/advice/comet-c-2021-a1-leonard/


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Re: Space exploration thread
« Reply #3073 on: December 6, 2021, 10:58:38 pm »
Just saw the article about the chinese rober finding a cube shaped object on the horizon of the moon.

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« Reply #3074 on: December 7, 2021, 09:16:19 am »
Just saw the article about the chinese rober finding a cube shaped object on the horizon of the moon.

Who wants to start the conspiracy theory bingo?

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Re: Space exploration thread
« Reply #3075 on: December 17, 2021, 03:08:55 pm »
Starship set for orbital flight in January/February.

They are planning for 3+ manned flights on 2021!!!
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Re: Space exploration thread
« Reply #3076 on: December 17, 2021, 03:43:51 pm »
Starship set for orbital flight in January/February.

They are planning for 3+ manned flights on 2021!!!

"We built this City" was great. Glad they're finally going to make it into space
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Re: Space exploration thread
« Reply #3077 on: December 17, 2021, 06:09:54 pm »

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Re: Space exploration thread
« Reply #3078 on: December 22, 2021, 08:45:15 pm »
According to Scott Manley, they're going to open up a 50 year old Apollo moon sample that was deliberately kept sealed in anticipation of new technology further down the line being able to do better science with the samples.

It's a 70cm deep core sample taken by Gene Cerman from Apollo 17. Should be intriguing! :)
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Re: Space exploration thread
« Reply #3079 on: December 22, 2021, 10:07:55 pm »
According to Scott Manley, they're going to open up a 50 year old Apollo moon sample that was deliberately kept sealed in anticipation of new technology further down the line being able to do better science with the samples.

It's a 70cm deep core sample taken by Gene Cerman from Apollo 17. Should be intriguing! :)
They are going to start opening up more of the Apollo samples in view of the forthcoming lunar missions, which would collect more. We still have 2/3 of the 680 lbs from that era untouched.
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