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    Only available is 3rd party fire and theft. Good luck getting comprehensive.
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    Airbag discount?
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeJan 9th 2019
     
    "Why SpaceX's Newest Rocket Will Never Get to Space"

    https://youtu.be/DM6WqjJCKQo
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeJan 9th 2019
     
    Colonise the moon before even Venus.

    If the jet car Bloodhound does indeed exceed a thousand mph on earth with its dense air than a lunar version could probably exceed that speed.

    A platform travelling on a glazed road on the moon at say 15 hundred mph would reduce the amount of fuel needed for takeoff into orbit and even for landing and would be easier to facilitate than a proper mass driver.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeJan 9th 2019
     
    Read KSR's latest, "Red Moon". He has the moon transfer vessel landing on a lunar magrail at orbital velocity, to save fuel.
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeJan 9th 2019
     
    But that is costly and would take some time.

    Using a bulldozer and powerful solar powered lasers a smooth strip miles long could be made more economically and faster, the vehicle could be wheeled or use electrostatic lunar dust for so called ground effect.

    The dust needn't be carried by the vehicle nor would it need an onboard power supply as microwaves or lasers could supply that.

    If a wheeled vehicle on the moon could travel at slightly over two and a half thousand mph it would essentially be in orbit but I prefer a palette either wheeled or ground effect that would act like a mass driver and put cargo into orbit.

    If the glazed strip was long enough cargo from earth could be landed on the moving empty palette and then braked, hopefully regaining some energy.

    This would save a lot of lunar water being used up as rocket fuel.
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    Posted By: AngusRead KSR's latest, "Red Moon". He has the moon transfer vessel landing on a lunar magrail at orbital velocity, to save fuel.


    With regenerative braking to charge up the capacitors for the next raillaunch?
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeJan 10th 2019
     
    Downloaded Red Moon, the first few pages didn't have much detail on the magnetic landing system are there better explanations latter on?
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeJan 10th 2019
     
    Yes. Pretty near the beginning, as I recall. It's terribly preachy around there, gets better later.

    The idea is to capture a ship going 25000. km/h-plus on a rail and slow it by dumping energy into the moon. That's a lot cheaper than having it carry enough fuel to slow itself down. Scary as hell, though.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeJan 10th 2019 edited
     
    We have now decoded them in a secret cryptology lab in Gjøa Haven. We will share the astounding alien technology if you lift the steel tariffs.
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    It's OK - it's safe to go in
    https://www.sciencealert.com/rotating-black-holes-could-be-the-key-to-hyperspace-travel

    The question is: where does one emerge?
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeJan 10th 2019
     
    And when?
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    Whernever white holes are to be found, presumably. Except there aren't any to be found in this universe, so far at least.
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeJan 11th 2019
     
    More precious spa e water wasted.

    Steam-powered asteroid hoppers developed through UCF collaboration.

    http://www.spacedaily.com/m/reports/Steam_powered_asteroid_hoppers_developed_through_UCF_collaboration_999.html
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    c
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeJan 11th 2019
     
    Really? I was looking forward to trying some e-water. I'm sure it's tastier than that insipid i-water.
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeJan 12th 2019
     
    Alien life could exist on frozen and rocky 'super-Earth' Barnard b just six light-years away from us, study finds.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6583085/Alien-life-exist-frozen-rocky-super-Earth-just-six-light-years-away-study-finds.html
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeJan 15th 2019
     
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    • CommentTimeJan 15th 2019