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by kunkmiester
Sun Oct 01, 2017 12:16 am
Forum: News
Topic: Mach Effect progress
Replies: 2612
Views: 408217

Re: Mach Effect progress

Sadly most people won't be convinced until you land a 747 in their front yard. Also sadly, that would be rather expensive.
by kunkmiester
Fri Sep 29, 2017 2:55 pm
Forum: News
Topic: SpaceX News
Replies: 1877
Views: 173964

Re: SpaceX News

Because very few payloads need FH. It requires another manufacturing line and takes away development time and money from ITS. ITS, at least as it was presented a year ago, would be cheaper to operate and more reusable, while offering a lot more payload. Musk wants ITS anyway for his mars program, w...
by kunkmiester
Mon Sep 25, 2017 9:50 am
Forum: General
Topic: NTR fuel
Replies: 11
Views: 327

Re: NTR fuel

I'm still waiting for the real Shawyer replication- - if he got his idea from how he had to adjust communication satellite orbits, a more comprehensive audit of a larger dataset will show a similar trend, and will show deviation from photon rocket thrust levels. Monoatomic hydrogen I believe would e...
by kunkmiester
Sun Sep 24, 2017 12:26 pm
Forum: General
Topic: NTR fuel
Replies: 11
Views: 327

Re: NTR fuel

Would a hydride be dense enough to provide as much hydrogen as a liquid fuel? It could certainly make an interesting hybrid rocket. I'm wondering how much monoatomic would increase isps, wpul it be enough to be worth it?
by kunkmiester
Fri Sep 22, 2017 10:45 pm
Forum: General
Topic: NTR fuel
Replies: 11
Views: 327

NTR fuel

Been reading Heinlein's Rolling Stones to the boy. In it they mention "stabilize monoatomic hydrogen" as the ideal fuel for the ship's rocket. Is such a thing possible? I'd assume it wouldn't be stable long term, but if you could get a few hours out of it, it'd be practical for chemical ro...
by kunkmiester
Thu Sep 07, 2017 9:26 pm
Forum: News
Topic: SpaceX News
Replies: 1877
Views: 173964

Re: SpaceX News

TRW used to let me in to one of their satellite assembly areas, but only after it was cleaned up so you had no idea what they did there. My job was to test their overhead lift to be sure they were not going to drop whatever it was they built. Orbital was more fun. They'd bring rocket parts over for...
by kunkmiester
Mon Aug 07, 2017 4:34 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Water-based film paves way for cheaper semicons
Replies: 1
Views: 113

Re: Water-based film paves way for cheaper semicons

Not quite the chip fab I'm still looking for, but getting rid of chemicals and complex processes heps make it easier to set up a smaller, maker style fab.
by kunkmiester
Tue Jul 25, 2017 5:18 am
Forum: General
Topic: Stuff in Space
Replies: 40
Views: 1235

Re: Stuff in Space

With Falcon Heavy the price of big stuff is dropped like a hot rock. You could probably throw ten small telescopes up for the price of one big one, and with modern controls, it will be easy to make arrays even in the visible spectrum. There's also the fact that you'd not be looking for just one obje...
by kunkmiester
Thu Jul 06, 2017 9:39 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Attn: Tom Ligon
Replies: 16
Views: 858

Re: Attn: Tom Ligon

I had mentioned it on the forum a long time ago, you'd have to do so one digging for it. I think at this point though there is too much Tokomak. Like his data slabs which remain a bulkier version of tablets like he originally envisioned, it's a legacy he'll probably leave in since there's ten years ...
by kunkmiester
Fri Jun 09, 2017 5:59 pm
Forum: General
Topic: tokomak startup?
Replies: 3
Views: 974

Re: tokomak startup?

Unless tritium is being used as a "starting fluid..." On a more serious note, Polywell is little known in the sci fi community as far as I can tell. When that strip was written (how long ago now?) The artist didn't know about Polywell. Tokomak is the default for the mpst part, so why not? ...
by kunkmiester
Fri Jun 09, 2017 5:02 am
Forum: General
Topic: Attn: Tom Ligon
Replies: 16
Views: 858

Re: Attn: Tom Ligon

You using the speed reader Paperburn?

I had a chuckle, jab yet to read your response over there, but I was surprised to see someone else mention it over here.
by kunkmiester
Sat Jun 03, 2017 5:01 am
Forum: News
Topic: SpaceX News
Replies: 1877
Views: 173964

Re: SpaceX News

Does a rocket reach a velocity where something like hail would be a bigger deal than for an airliner? Aside from lightning and winds, thats the only other problem with inclement weather. I don't know how far they've gotten on limiting weather's effects on prep, but if all they'd be worried about on ...
by kunkmiester
Fri May 19, 2017 6:27 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Funding Polywell by an ICO
Replies: 32
Views: 2385

Re: Funding Polywell by an ICO

That would be the joy of a digital currency, it makes accounting easier. Not necessarily practical, but easier. The chain would provide the ability to tweak rates, different people would be able to set their hourly differently, and the math to account for the difference would be automatic, so it's s...
by kunkmiester
Fri May 19, 2017 5:27 am
Forum: News
Topic: Funding Polywell by an ICO
Replies: 32
Views: 2385

Re: Funding Polywell by an ICO

If I recall correctly bit coin at least does had an absolute limit in how much can be created, though it is a very large number. The greater concern is the audit process, supposedly someone like the NSA could create a few billion coin purses, and if they have them all verify or refuse to verify tran...
by kunkmiester
Wed May 10, 2017 8:14 am
Forum: News
Topic: Funding Polywell by an ICO
Replies: 32
Views: 2385

Re: Funding Polywell by an ICO

As I recall, there were plenty of investors interested, but Bussard insisted on a substantial amount of control over the technology, which was unconventional and kept anything from coming. There was also classification from the Navy, which while minor kept publishing for a while. I'm not sure where ...

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