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    She's a Senator from Washington state whose jobs are closely tied to the "National Team" bid.
    • CommentAuthorkorkskrew
    • CommentTimeJul 28th 2021 edited
     
    SpaceX topping off the frame for the giant robot (right) that catches their superheavy booster (left) out of the sky.

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1YM54U_LGu4YVdQVlqtFNKS1zeUvejOIi/view?usp=sharing

    Let me know if you can't see that pic. This is the first time I've tried to do this.
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    Works a treat. And thanks for the heads up!
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeJul 29th 2021 edited
     
    I post this specially for AP. I thought he would enjoy the US announcer's pronunciation of Russian names that he really should have looked up before he started talking.
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    Yes, Нау́ка is not hard.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeJul 30th 2021
     
    Nor Пётр.

    But I wouldn't expect him to handle the Cyrillic. I just think he should have done a tiny amount of homework before blabbing his ignorance all over the internest on behalf of the US space effort.
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    Professor Kipping: Could Intelligence Be A Persistent Phenomenon?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4I51F8xYr44
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    The First-Ever Map of Mars’s Interior
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HQiDPoT-4A
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    On the latest booster (B4) Musk has elected to scrap the grid fin retraction mechanism. Although the real reason is probably to minimise the time to launch, it might also be a viable optimisation. Certainly it saves the weight of the extra mechanism, but clearly adds drag to the ascent - perhaps the former wins over the latter overall.

    My chief misgiving is that the grid fins, being at the upper end of the booster, may perturb the navigation unduly on ascent. This is probably most critical around maxQ. However, the aerodynamic effect of the fins of the starship (mounted above the booster) probably dominate the overall aerodynamic profile.

    Less drag may, counterintuitively, obtain with the grids flat to the trajectory direction (as opposed to rotated to minimise area) because they are full of holes. A speed-dependent effect.
    • CommentAuthorkorkskrew
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd 2021
     
    Seems like he's considering something other than grid fins.
    https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1421567416232984582

    I wonder how hard it would be to steer the thing with just some fins that could be rotated to become spoilers, kind of like what New Glen has (will have?). Steering with spoilers sounds hard.

    It will be interesting to see what they come up with.
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      CommentAuthoraber0der
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd 2021
     
    Maybe something passive like feathers or scales.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd 2021
     
    Passive steering? Sounds exciting.
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      CommentAuthoroak
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd 2021
     
    Maybe Tesla could let them use FSD.
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      CommentAuthoraber0der
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd 2021
     
    Posted By: AngusPassive steering? Sounds exciting.


    Braking. Steering is another problem.
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    FSD? Someone passed out this week and the FSD took the car to the side and saved him.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeAug 3rd 2021 edited
     
    I get the taking the car to the side bit, but how did it save him? Is there a defib included?

    Come to that, how do these guys who do themselves in by crashing Teslas while asleep in the back seat manage it?
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    Let me guess - you're here all week and I should try the veal.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeAug 3rd 2021
     
    Guess away!
    • CommentAuthorBigOilRep
    • CommentTimeAug 3rd 2021
     
    Posted By: AngusI get the taking the car to the side bit, but how did it save him?

    It took him to a Church, where he found Jesus.
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