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    Yesterday, 05:07 PM
    Nicolas replied to a thread SpaceX in Space Exploration
    The "boots" are covers to keep heat (gas) from climbing up the rocket between the engines. Unless I'm mistaken, they are the cloth like material you...
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    2021-Mar-04, 09:53 PM
    Nicolas replied to a thread SpaceX in Space Exploration
    Ah, I see the issue. SN10 is afraid of heights. Came down with weak knees. Good thing SN15 will have a new leg design instead of these placeholders.
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    2021-Mar-04, 03:53 PM
    Nicolas replied to a thread SpaceX in Space Exploration
    Given the "Elon Musk = ultrarich supervillain" meme, I give it 3 days max before somebody brings a can of paint and turns the sign into "Stark City".
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    2021-Mar-04, 12:33 PM
    Nicolas replied to a thread SpaceX in Space Exploration
    Upon further thinking, they are also planning to use Starship for point-to-point flight on earth. But it was my understanding that this would be...
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    2021-Mar-04, 10:29 AM
    Nicolas replied to a thread SpaceX in Space Exploration
    It is mostly vertical falling in these tests; lift generated by the flaps is used mainly for attitude stabilisation. Think of it as a skydiver using...
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    2021-Mar-04, 12:00 AM
    Nicolas replied to a thread SpaceX in Space Exploration
    Upon closer examination of a replay, it landed 3 times! The first landing was quite hard and it visibly bounced. Then it exploded and came down a...
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    2021-Mar-03, 11:50 PM
    Nicolas replied to a thread SpaceX in Space Exploration
    Eagerly awaiting replay footage of the delayed kaboom...
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    2021-Mar-03, 11:38 PM
    Nicolas replied to a thread SpaceX in Space Exploration
    Success! ...ish. It didn't explode, it is a tiny bit on fire, it landed but crushed its feet or its feet didn't deploy correctly. In loving memory of...
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    2021-Mar-03, 11:17 PM
    Nicolas replied to a thread SpaceX in Space Exploration
    T-10 minutes
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    2021-Mar-03, 10:22 PM
    Nicolas replied to a thread SpaceX in Space Exploration
    Is that attempt 2 or 3 for today? A little confused by the order of posts here.
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    2021-Mar-03, 08:29 PM
    Nicolas replied to a thread SpaceX in Space Exploration
    Abort right after engine ignition (unless this was a static fire, but I doubt it). Nasaspaceflight apparently has info from SpaceX, as their...
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    2021-Mar-03, 08:18 PM
    Nicolas replied to a thread SpaceX in Space Exploration
    They estimate T-10 minutes as we speak!
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    2021-Mar-03, 08:16 PM
    Nicolas replied to a thread SpaceX in Space Exploration
    Indeed, both on the mass and safety accounts of having more engines restartable. In that case, they'd have to centralize the TEA-TEB tank and add...
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    2021-Mar-03, 12:44 PM
    Nicolas replied to a thread SpaceX in Space Exploration
    Maybe also add some code to use alternative engines for descend when there is a relevant engine out on ascent?
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    2021-Feb-27, 11:01 PM
    I hav bought my oldest son an electronics experiment kit. It was quite a search to still find something that uses individual resistors and...
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    2021-Feb-27, 10:34 AM
    I have sympathy for people who like to gently ruffle the feathers of a certain target audience. Like the guy whose Porsche Cayenne wears the vanity...
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    2021-Feb-24, 10:20 AM
    And knowledge of the airflight principle "no problem is so bad that you cannot make it worse" also translates well to spaceflight.
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    2021-Feb-23, 06:36 PM
    What was the data path for that video? All stored onboard of Perseverance and then uploaded afterwards, or sent realtime to MRO or something and sent...
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    2021-Feb-20, 07:23 PM
    Nicolas replied to a thread SpaceX in Space Exploration
    I doubt the FAA cared too much about why it crashed in the context of preventing that in the future. If SpaceX wants to crash ten of them, go ahead...
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    2021-Feb-20, 05:23 PM
    Those earthquakes are huge, but not large enough to explain the change in earth's rotation. But, the rotation has changed a lot, that's the activity...
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    2021-Feb-20, 08:03 AM
    Nicolas replied to a thread SpaceX in Space Exploration
    Sounds like a healthy approach by FAA. Let SpaceX do the investigation at their pace (and keep up) plus don't care about someone blowing up his...
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    2021-Feb-19, 11:04 PM
    MRO was launched 17 years ago. Quite an experienced workhorse!
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    2021-Feb-19, 03:10 PM
    Yes, in the long run. Pretty much the reason for leap seconds--the defining of the day as of a length from a century before meant that we would...
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    2021-Feb-18, 10:03 PM
    Congrats! They are getting really good at this "land things on Mars" game. Experience and proper atmospheric modelling put to good use. Let's hope...
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    2021-Feb-17, 04:34 PM
    Nicolas replied to a thread SpaceX in Space Exploration
    Scott Manley's take on the failed landing. And the birds. And in typical Scott Manley fashion, he made a mini MSc thesis of the event. :clap: ...
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    2021-Feb-16, 11:47 AM
    the Galaxy Hitchhikers. Since the don't have their own craft. Slogan: "We don't carry much weight"
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    2021-Feb-16, 09:12 AM
    Nicolas replied to a thread SpaceX in Space Exploration
    Or it wanted to avoid the three seagulls that were sitting on the bullseye. By the looks of it it came close to the platform (you see the sky light...
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    2021-Feb-10, 08:17 AM
    Nicolas replied to a thread SpaceX in Space Exploration
    I haven't forced the text through auto translate, but that one seems to be stabilized passively with the chutes? Apart from that, it does show...
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    2021-Feb-09, 10:22 PM
    Nicolas replied to a thread SpaceX in Space Exploration
    I'd like to know how much revenue they got from the 133 third-party satellites on Transporter-1. There is a minimum of 1 million for a 200kg lot, but...
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    2021-Feb-09, 08:08 AM
    Nicolas replied to a thread SpaceX in Space Exploration
    Speaking about the ideas SpaceX is putting into practice: I've seen loads of flyback booster conceps throughout the years, but does anyone have a...
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