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    20% better than a 1966 design. Forgive me for being severely underwhelmed
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    Space colonisation won't get properly going until we have adequate robotics, nanotech, and maybe genetics, for the job of prefabbing complete self-sustaining habitats which utilise only local resources.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeJul 20th 2014
     
    Posted By: Andrew PalfreymanSpace colonisation won't get properly going until we have adequate robotics


    Tautology. Non statement. Waste of precious information.

    Nothing gets going until you have adequate necessaries. Of course adequate spans the space between "None at all" and "Stupendous".
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    "Sufficient unto the task" is likewise tautologous, I suppose. But simply saying "until we have robotics" is absolutely not what I mean. Oh, and we also need AI, which I'd subsumed under robotics.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeJul 20th 2014
     
    You're still not saying anything. Are you trying to specify the requirements for robotics and AI to make space habitats? If so, then what are they?
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    Nope, not trying - stating that our current level of technology is inadequate unto the task. The task is clear.
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    To help Boeing airplanes avoid atmospheric hazards.
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeJul 20th 2014
     
    NASA

    In the space shuttle the RS-25 engines were reusable, this article doesn't say if this will be the case in the SLS.

    space launch system.

    http://www.nasa.gov/pdf/664158main_sls_fs_master.pdf
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeJul 20th 2014
     
    Probably not, since the booster will drop into the sea. I can tell you this is remarkably hard on components.
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeJul 21st 2014
     
    Maybe it could float engines up?

    PM

    Did the Soviets Actually Build a Better Space Shuttle?

    http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/space/rockets/did-the-soviets-actually-build-a-better-space-shuttle-16176311
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeJul 21st 2014
     
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    Using newer and more powerful infrared telescope technology, able to detect brown dwarfs as cool as 150 kelvins out to a distance of 10 light-years from the Sun,[10] results from the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE survey) have not detected Nemesis.[11][12] In 2011, David Morrison, a senior scientist at NASA known for his work in risk assessment of near Earth objects, has written that there is no confidence in the existence of an object like Nemesis, since it should have been detected in infrared sky surveys
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nemesis_%28hypothetical_star%29
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeJul 21st 2014
     
    It's daft to call another star evil even if it does exist.

    After all it could have got rid of the dinosaurs for us.
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    The chief evil in these documentaries is that bloody drum track
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeJul 21st 2014
     
    W

    I thought I had already posted this. There are others as well.

    Bessel beam.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bessel_beam
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    If, a million years hence, we cannot protect ourselves from comet showers, we deserve to be bopped on the head by big space rocks anyway.
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeJul 21st 2014
     
    I don't think I will be worrying about it then, unless of course I get frozen.
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    You are utterly irrelevant to the statement
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeJul 21st 2014
     
    Not to me.
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    The statement does not care about your petty parochial concerns