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by Maui
Fri Aug 02, 2019 7:35 am
Forum: News
Topic: SpaceX News
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Views: 459796

Re: SpaceX News

Some good reading has arrived just in time for the weekend:

https://netspublic.grc.nasa.gov/main/20 ... arship.pdf
by Maui
Wed Jul 31, 2019 5:10 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Vortex rocket engine: lighter, more efficient, more reusable
Replies: 17
Views: 5698

Re: Vortex rocket engine: lighter, more efficient, more reusable

Wow! That's a much better answer than I was expecting. Thanks!
by Maui
Tue Jul 30, 2019 10:54 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Vortex rocket engine: lighter, more efficient, more reusable
Replies: 17
Views: 5698

Re: Vortex rocket engine: lighter, more efficient, more reusable

Anyone have a decent idea how the Vortex compares to SpaceX's Merlin engines? I did a couple of searches but couldn't find any real discussion. It might be because the various sources currently seem a bit vague on the exact specs of the Vortex. One of the major benefits SpaceX is looking for in the...
by Maui
Wed Jun 26, 2019 4:38 am
Forum: News
Topic: Lawaranceville E-Newsletter
Replies: 826
Views: 263261

Re: Lawaranceville E-Newsletter

We’re now over 30 shots and we have tripled fusion yield over last week. Not time yet to break out champagne, as we are still a factor of 4 short of our own record yield of ¼ joule. But going in the right direction. We’ve scanned from low to high fill pressure and we have found the sweet spot for n...
by Maui
Tue Jun 18, 2019 5:31 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Lawaranceville E-Newsletter
Replies: 826
Views: 263261

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Indeed they did... new post as of 15 minutes ago: Beryllium experiment started! In the first week, we fired 13 shots, starting June 4. As anticipated, first shot vaporized thin beryllium oxide layer, creating dust. Good news is that the dust is steadily being cleared off, with very little evidence o...
by Maui
Fri Jun 14, 2019 5:23 pm
Forum: News
Topic: SpaceX News
Replies: 2275
Views: 459796

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It does appear they are now actively de-orbiting one of the Starlink satellites: https://twitter.com/planet4589/status/1139334848001314816 Regarding ESA, they are actually now dipping their toes in a commercial launch provider program as well: https://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Transportation/...
by Maui
Fri Jun 07, 2019 4:54 pm
Forum: News
Topic: SpaceX News
Replies: 2275
Views: 459796

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Right. I think one of the reasons they are launched below their operational orbit it to help ensure any DOA satellites de-orbit that much faster.
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by Maui
Tue Jun 04, 2019 10:44 pm
Forum: News
Topic: SpaceX News
Replies: 2275
Views: 459796

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Are you sure about that? I know I've seen conversation about how the Starlink sats will actively de-orbit... though I have to admit I can't find an actual source behind that conversation for the moment. It doesn't make sense to me why you wouldn't. I imagine with an active de-orbit you could likely ...
by Maui
Thu May 30, 2019 5:57 pm
Forum: News
Topic: SpaceX News
Replies: 2275
Views: 459796

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“Prior to this the idea was to decouple the legs from the wings. This wasn’t very aesthetic, so now we have 3 large legs/wings that actuate. It is slightly more risky because we are combining multiple functions together” Don't care what you choose to fixate on, or details you care to invent for you...
by Maui
Tue May 28, 2019 10:32 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Lawaranceville E-Newsletter
Replies: 826
Views: 263261

Re: Lawaranceville E-Newsletter

Watch closely because there's something of interest in one of the videos? Or for updates coming soon?
by Maui
Sun Apr 21, 2019 7:52 pm
Forum: News
Topic: SpaceX News
Replies: 2275
Views: 459796

Re: SpaceX News

COPV episode 3? Does this use COPVs? Thread on Reddit suggested it did?
by Maui
Sun Apr 21, 2019 5:56 pm
Forum: News
Topic: SpaceX News
Replies: 2275
Views: 459796

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?? This is the demo Dragon II capsule
by Maui
Sun Apr 21, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: News
Topic: SpaceX News
Replies: 2275
Views: 459796

Re: SpaceX News

Welp, I’m guessing this will end up being a full year delay. :( Glad this didn’t happen with astronauts onboard tho:

https://youtu.be/crqPsqk2VdQ
by Maui
Wed Jan 23, 2019 6:22 pm
Forum: News
Topic: SpaceX News
Replies: 2275
Views: 459796

Re: SpaceX News

The Starship hopper was destroyed last night by a storm :(
https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index ... msg1904371
by Maui
Wed Jan 23, 2019 12:46 am
Forum: News
Topic: SpaceX News
Replies: 2275
Views: 459796

Re: SpaceX News

Elon Musk: Why I'm Building the Starship out of Stainless Steel I was contemplating this for a while. And this is somewhat counterintuitive. It took me quite a bit of effort to convince the team to go in this direction. But now I believe they are convinced—well, they are convinced. So that certainl...

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