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by KitemanSA
Thu Jan 18, 2018 3:44 am
Forum: News
Topic: SpaceX News
Replies: 1999
Views: 194758

Re: SpaceX News

Hmmm. “Classified mission” that “failed”? Perhaps they just want folks to THINK it failed. ;)
by KitemanSA
Thu Dec 28, 2017 12:52 am
Forum: News
Topic: Mark Duncan has passed ...
Replies: 5
Views: 471

Re: Mark Duncan has passed ...

Mark Duncan, the fellow who cleaned up and posted many of Dr. Bussard's papers on his Askmar.com website, passed away on the evening of December 23, 2017. Mark did the Polywell an incalculable service by doing this. I have been sending people to his website for years. I have space on mine ... I sup...
by KitemanSA
Mon Oct 02, 2017 9:15 pm
Forum: General
Topic: NTR fuel
Replies: 11
Views: 621

Re: NTR fuel

Meta-stable hydrogen would ake a good fuel precisely because the energy needed to break the H2 bond is stored in the fuel. That is quite a bit of additional energy.
by KitemanSA
Mon Oct 02, 2017 9:07 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Goodbye Tension, Hello Pension
Replies: 6
Views: 386

Re: Goodbye Tension, Hello Pension

When I was retiring, I was setting up to become a contractor. I said, "I'll take month off then start briging in the BIG bucks". Well, that month stretched just a bit. It has been ~5.5 years and I find I LIKE being retired. :D
by KitemanSA
Tue Sep 26, 2017 7:18 pm
Forum: News
Topic: SpaceX News
Replies: 1999
Views: 194758

Re: SpaceX News

Well, they have a US Military payload schedued in 2018 so they can't slip TOO far.
by KitemanSA
Fri Sep 01, 2017 4:20 am
Forum: News
Topic: SpaceX News
Replies: 1999
Views: 194758

Re: SpaceX News

Tht should hav been
Commercial . . . . Customers . . . . . NASA
Launch
by KitemanSA
Wed Jul 26, 2017 7:53 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Stuff in Space
Replies: 43
Views: 2158

Re: Stuff in Space

The Webb will be a good instrument but they screwed around with it, wound up spending more by trying to delay it. The price is badly bloated. Reminds me of the USS Gerald R. Ford. When NewNews Shipbuilding first provided an estimate for the Ford, it was ~7 years and $7billion." The Navy said &...
by KitemanSA
Thu Jun 29, 2017 10:33 am
Forum: General
Topic: Elon Musk Is In Bed With Crooks
Replies: 47
Views: 3437

Re: Elon Musk Is In Bed With Crooks

So if he tries to use solar, does the business stop at night or does he use a lot of his batteries to store (and lose energy from) the solar panels. And how much embedded CO2 will be in that whole sequence of steps?
by KitemanSA
Sun May 14, 2017 8:50 am
Forum: General
Topic: Go Navy!
Replies: 313
Views: 25217

Re: Go Navy!

IIRC, they CAN'T do it. All the pipe paths they held in reserve to install steam if EMALS didn't work have been released and used. They were getting close when I left.
by KitemanSA
Fri Mar 03, 2017 5:22 am
Forum: News
Topic: Fission news(I know blasphemy )
Replies: 53
Views: 5388

Re: Fission news(I know blasphemy )

I'm still not sure where you foresee all the difficulty. Solid salt is brittle. That which hasn't made it to the dump tanks can be easily broken into small pieces and swept up. Then the remainder can be washed up. Clean-up... easy.
by KitemanSA
Thu Mar 02, 2017 7:07 am
Forum: News
Topic: Fission news(I know blasphemy )
Replies: 53
Views: 5388

Re: Fission news(I know blasphemy )

paperburn1 wrote:I guess it is all relative, not huge like Fukushima but huge in comparison to the cost of a normal cleanout/up.
Don't see why it woud be "huge in comparison" to anything.
by KitemanSA
Thu Mar 02, 2017 7:05 am
Forum: News
Topic: Fission news(I know blasphemy )
Replies: 53
Views: 5388

Re: Fission news(I know blasphemy )

paperburn1 wrote:Please note this was at a reactor were TEPCO followed the seawall and power distribution recommendations.
Onagawa is owned and operated by KEPCO IIRC, not TEPCO.
by KitemanSA
Sun Feb 26, 2017 6:37 am
Forum: News
Topic: Fission news(I know blasphemy )
Replies: 53
Views: 5388

Re: Fission news(I know blasphemy )

On 11 March 2011 Japan suffered its worst recorded earthquake. The epicentre was 110 miles east north east from the of the Fukushima Dai‐ichi (Fukushima‐1) nuclear power site which has 6 Boiling Water Reactors. Turns out that Onagawa Nuclear Power Station was closer to the epicenter, saw greater sh...
by KitemanSA
Sun Feb 26, 2017 6:33 am
Forum: News
Topic: Fission news(I know blasphemy )
Replies: 53
Views: 5388

Re: Fission news(I know blasphemy )

Speaking of hubris, One of the little-known facts about fukushima was the generators were sealed in a watertight building in the flood zone. In theory even if submerged underwater the buildings retain their integrity and in fact they did. But it was a small little overlooked design flaw that did th...
by KitemanSA
Sun Feb 26, 2017 6:30 am
Forum: News
Topic: Fission news(I know blasphemy )
Replies: 53
Views: 5388

Re: Fission news(I know blasphemy )

...There will still be huge cost associated with cleanup ... Seems highly unlikely since any leakage would either freeze on the leak, plugging it, or drip to the floor where it would freeze and be easily chipped and swept then hit with the nuclear equivalent of a Stanley Steemer. Yes and no... Even...

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