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    Yesterday, 08:47 PM
    (If you have to make a joke, please go to "I'm so old that..." in Fun & Games.) So, how did we do it before the internet? Let's document it here....
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    Yesterday, 08:18 PM
    Nicolas replied to a thread Reusable Rockets in Space Exploration
    If you want to have statistically valid data to base your specific product curve on, certainly. I was naming it in the more general sense that a...
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    Yesterday, 12:34 PM
    Nicolas replied to a thread Reusable Rockets in Space Exploration
    Bathtub theory says that new = unproven hardware is more likely to fail than flight proven. Spacex prices show that reuse is cheaper than new. And...
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    Yesterday, 12:24 PM
    They launched their suborbital rocket yesterday. Which is far from their ambitious orbital plans, but it is working hardware at least.
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    2021-Jan-14, 06:59 PM
    That all seemed to go according to plan. I couldn't see the retrothrusters working on the capsule at landing, but apparently everything went fine.
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    2021-Jan-14, 09:09 AM
    Nicolas replied to a thread SpaceX in Space Exploration
    This seems likely, either confirming a setup or multiple checks using different parameters.
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    2021-Jan-13, 10:00 PM
    Nicolas replied to a thread SpaceX in Space Exploration
    These static fire tests are short. I'm well aware that these are not full duration burns. Yet it is amazing how fast these rockets reach apparently...
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    2021-Jan-13, 05:23 PM
    Nicolas replied to a thread SpaceX in Space Exploration
    On the bright side, the payload release system was succesfully though unwillingly tested...
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    2021-Jan-09, 10:39 AM
    Nicolas replied to a thread SpaceX in Space Exploration
    I was talking about the new attempt from yesterday. I'm that on top of the news. :)
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    2021-Jan-08, 11:04 PM
    Nicolas replied to a thread SpaceX in Space Exploration
    Static fire test of SN9 appears to be aborted.
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    2021-Jan-08, 07:39 PM
    Orion development started in 2006. It will be at least 15 years old by the time it does a manned flight. It was 8 years when it did an unmanned...
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    2021-Jan-08, 08:49 AM
    From NASA's website: So reducing cost and time is indeed the official goal. Time will tell if that is indeed the case. As far as time is...
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    2021-Jan-07, 10:56 PM
    Plus a few weeks to take it from the factory to the test stand and it's still at least 10 days before the static fire attempt... You know those...
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    2021-Jan-07, 06:49 PM
    Nicolas replied to a thread SpaceX in Space Exploration
    And you can't get more "boiler plate" than the Starship construction. :rimshot:
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    2021-Jan-07, 10:40 AM
    Nicolas replied to a thread SpaceX in Space Exploration
    Can someone give (a link to) some context about the Starship lunar mockup? Is it a SpaceX initiative, or part of the deliverables for a NASA...
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    2021-Jan-06, 10:39 PM
    And if you think the above was overstating it: the SLS core has been standing on that test stand for a full year. A YEAR. And the closest they have...
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    2021-Jan-06, 10:32 PM
    Nicolas replied to a thread SpaceX in Space Exploration
    Observe and learn SLS, observe and learn how you do static fire tests. The static fire of SN9 appeared to go smooth. No fire afterwards that the...
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    2021-Jan-06, 02:50 PM
    "When the Sun goes down, the Moon comes up. At least it usually does." O well ...
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    2021-Jan-06, 12:05 PM
    It will not screw up. They can't afford to screw up as it's mission hardware. Any sign of something not going according to the simulation, and...
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    2021-Jan-06, 11:58 AM
    If the centrifuge generates sustained 10.000g which your payload and stage(s) have to survive, wouldn't it be far easier to just build a modern...
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    2021-Jan-03, 12:53 PM
    Nicolas replied to a thread SpaceX in Space Exploration
    In order to reuse a launch vehicle, it has to launch something into space first. A short burp above the platform doesn't count. :)
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    2021-Jan-03, 09:22 AM
    Nicolas replied to a thread SpaceX in Space Exploration
    I expect a polished version of the SN8 flight, just like with the two hover flights. So a less explosive landing and less overshoot on the return to...
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    2021-Jan-01, 06:08 PM
    And thank you Selvaarchi for taking this task upon you once again!
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    2021-Jan-01, 09:52 AM
    Nicolas replied to a thread SpaceX in Space Exploration
    New year's eve epiphany (and there was no alcohol involved whatsoever): Imagine you want to send a stuffed turkey to the ISS. You have three...
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    2020-Dec-30, 10:57 AM
    Nicolas replied to a thread SpaceX in Space Exploration
    Government program overhead is one thing, a factor 100 a whole different thing.
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    2020-Dec-29, 11:35 AM
    People stand near the edge of an open cargo bay of military cargo planes -in flight. If you can design a craft to go to the moon, you can design...
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    2020-Dec-29, 09:38 AM
    Nicolas replied to a thread SpaceX in Space Exploration
    If those Raptors really are as cheap as they say, landing would not yet be overly relevant. For Old Space prices, writing off 3 engines is a major...
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    2020-Dec-27, 04:29 PM
    Nicolas replied to a thread SpaceX in Space Exploration
    We've seen previous SN that were only a tank section, presumably after a significant redesign.
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    2020-Dec-26, 08:30 PM
    Nicolas replied to a thread Marketing Spin in Off-Topic Babbling
    I just received the original and still ultimate king of marketing spin: the lottery. "With this ticket you win at least 2, guaranteed!". But the...
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    2020-Dec-26, 08:27 PM
    I meant shoo, as play on words. And NGC = National Geographic Channel.
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