I watched it, and it made me realize how spoiled we've become with the amount of cameras employed on every Space X launch. The Boeing launch went to animations way too quickly and there was nothing else to really see
@Roadkilled I don’t think anyone’s claiming it would be a simple nut to crack. Per the article:
“ One could for example fill the launcher with a liquid metal, add an injection mechanism and an expanding ring, and produce the mirror in space. “It is a fantasy,” admits Bercovici. “My mother asked me, ‘When will it be ready? I told her, ‘Perhaps in about 20 years.’ She said she doesn’t have time to wait.” ”
@beefchips Which is the default interpretation of my conspiracy theorist brother.
Actually, he's not so bad, space aliens are the only one he goes for, at least. Which, in the era of shapeshifting lizard people, Qanon, Flat Earth, and the like, isn't that bad of a record, in the scheme of things. Still annoying though
@ttyymmnn Only a few words are changed because the writers are lazy. It's a lot of work to figure out new words that won't make the writers look stupid, and they still fail half the time. It's even more work to scrub the script for all instances so you don't have the actors messing up and saying the normal English word instead of the new word. Once you decide to do it, why not use the same words and phrases other shows have picked? That makes your job as a lazy script writer even easier.
I suppose it depends on how you look at things. Certainly when most people look into the future, they extrapolate from where they are now. That’s natural. Of course, they can’t envision new variables that come into play later that haven’t been discovered yet. So we can expect that the farther into the future we go, the less it will be like what we envisioned. Whether that’s better or worse overall I suppose always remains to be seen.
@just-jeepin The coolest part is the gold mirrors. They naturally reflect more information than traditional mirrors, such as infrared optics I believe. So we will have much more data/imagery than hubble could have provided. And the size of this thing and capability is so far beyond hubble. I'm excited.
@jayvincent Hey if you crank the film camera fast enough and it's a bright day you can get a slightly-slowed-down replay to watch! But yeah, rocket science is intense but early rocket science was just crazy. I suspect they have a ton of data to go over and find out what caused the engine failure, which is likely the main issue with the flight.
@skyfire77 Hmm, that seems really weird. The Kourou airport is at the space center, and closer to the launch sites than any docks. Seems like if there are problematic bridges, they'd be just as much of a problem delivering by boat. Who know, maybe there will be video of them unloading to see how it actually works when it happens.
@hammerheadfistpunch I don't know the aerodynamics of these sorts of things, but it could be that hovering takes more energy than moving flight.
Edit: Seems this assumption was correct. Helicopters for comparison require about twice the power to hover compared to at cruising speed. Still could be an error, but it might explain what seems like a discrepancy.
s like me! I do have over 1,000 hours P1 but don't meet any of the other standards though - even if I was a US citizen.
i was gonna apply.....but aparently i need to be us citizen
usually i get shot down at my lack of education......
i didnt even make it that far this time 😞
welp sucks for them....
they'll need idiots like me up there
people what know how to use duct tape and piss off superiors
@forsweden they hire plenty of amazing people. Are you a fantastic coder? Good. Did you spend internship summers as an ‘analyst’ for the government and can’t talk about it as well? Now your qualified enough! That’s their level. Serious talent.
@just-jeepin Make the rocket tall enough, and you don't need to launch it.
Sadly, it turns out that building a 50-mile+ tall building is a bit of an engineering feat. Which of course why we want to dangle a very strong string from space instead. Or do more radical stuff:
Note: you might be doubting the analogy, but that's just a bad drawing, here's the one from Wikipedia:
@just-jeepin Speaking of satellites - has anyone else seen the SpaceX STARLINKs at dusk/dawn?
I had no idea this was a thing and was camping about a month ago out here in Oregon. I was sitting by the campfire at night while wife got the kid down for the night, enjoying the stars starting to come out. And hey look, a satellite. Cool.
And another. Nice. And another...wtf? And another, and another, and another all spaced right after the other, flying in the same trajectory.
Thankfully I had cell signal so I did a quick google and was able to learn what it was I was seeing -
@facw Just depends on how far SpaceX can really drive down the price. Elon says $2 million per launch (but then, Elon says a lot of things...), but we're probably still 3-5 years off an operational Starship mission, so the exact cost of a full stack is still fluid.