Astronomy and space exploration

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  1. cheapchips

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    They do have interesting military ties. They've been doing work with DARPA. Lochheed Martin and the CIA's venture capital company are investors. Seems that's a source of, if not controversy, at least left wing hand wringing (because let's face it, right wing press generally love the industrial military complex). :-D

    https://thespinoff.co.nz/business/2...ide-rocket-labs-secret-us-military-contracts/
     
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    My mistake, I looking at articles on other launches and it must have run together in my mind.

    Did they say they wouldn't launch them at all, or just not from NZ?
    I'd expect that as a California-based company there is a tempting amount of revenue that would be more available to them compared to any non-US based companies.
    Perhaps NZ is taking a hands-off approach, or the class of satellite at that size level doesn't seem as provocative? Perhaps there is some form of side benefit that can be gained by letting this continue, either as a favor or a capability that might have utility for NZ?
     
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    https://www.space.com/nasa-insight-lander-mars-seismically-active.html
     
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  4. Davros

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    The Private space program has just had a major setback
     
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  5. cheapchips

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    There's the suggestion that he was only a flat earther for the sweet "look, an idiot!" reality TV money and it was really just to fund his steam rocket dare devilry. The latter, of course, being a perfectly acceptable pastime.
     
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  6. eloyc

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    Oh, Zeus... that's horrible.
     
  7. eloyc

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    The SN1 blew up a few hours ago... :-(
     
  8. cheapchips

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    Bit of a shame we didn't see it do a static fire. SN2 will be done in a few weeks. Whether SN3 and onwards follow at the same pace remains to be seen. The factory is growing quickly though. Another Sprung tent will be up this week and the High Bay building is getting cladding at the top.
     
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    Not sure what SN1 is, is it this?



    Thats me :yep2:
    The US has NASA, the USAF, Space command and about a bazillion domestic defense contractors it can use to launch spy sats.
    I wish they'd fuck off & let us just launch pure commercial payloads or frozen lamb-chops or something.
     
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    It's where a good chunk of the money is sadly. Even Blue Origin is aggressively pursuing military contracts and they can rely on a £1bn+ annual payout from Uncle Bezos. Hopefully it'll change as small and reusable launchers grow the market. More likely, we'll just see military versions of Starlink instead. :-?

    SN1 was SpaceX's first Starship prototype of the year (Serial Number 1). They have made a few short tanks as well to test bulkheads. They tested those to destruction as well, although they were less premature in popping. It's going to be even more fun than usual watching them this year. They're going fast and more things will break. Hopefully something will work as well!
     
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  11. eloyc

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    https://futurism.com/scientists-nasa-found-evidence-ancient-life-mars

    I think that it's likely we will find something there, someday. It's not just wishful thinking, it's all these small amounts of suggestive evidence we've found until now...

    I hope the answer is LIFE. <3
     
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    Another one bites the dust... :cry: Elon must be soooooooooo pissed off, right now.

     
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    SpaceX purposefully selected a process of fast iteration on a pipeline of inexpensive candidate vehicles. Failing fast and often is a feature of this approach, so I'm not sure he can be too mad.
     
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  14. eloyc

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    Yes and no... He's shown to be quite disappointed in the past, even though we all know that these things can happen. He was planning to use SN3 to perform at least a tethered/static fire test and some short flight tests, so...

    Let's see how things will go with SN4.
     
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    Youtube vid


    Seems to me like you'd want that lower section at least partially pressured up?
     
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    https://futurism.com/nasa-telescope-vegetation-exoplanets
     
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  17. eloyc

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    Very interesting!
    https://www.space.com/nasa-telescope-far-side-of-moon.html
     
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    Lasers need a method of focusing beams, yes.

    :devious:
     
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    Today is the 30th anniversary of the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope.

    The grand old lady is still tickin' along!
     
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    Finally!
    https://www.space.com/spacex-starship-sn4-prototype-pressure-test-success.html
     
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