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    Black Dart update

    Coooooooooooooool! That's a (BIG) drop tank under the fuselage, right?
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    Black Dart update

    hmmm Donamy, what is THAT in the video?
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    Black Dart update

    That looks great Donamy! So you went for a front hover engine to balance the main engine instead of the RCS?
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    Windows XP SP3

    Thanks for the help !
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    Windows XP SP3

    Hi all, Windows XP automatic update has alerted me to the existence of SP3. The smaller updates I usually install without giving them too much thought, but this one seems to be quite substantial. Does anybody know of any issues with SP3, stability etc., which should prevent me from installing...
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    NLSSTO Released

    As in 90 deg. nose high, and not retrograde?
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    Black Dart update

    Coolness !!! Nice job.
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    NLSSTO Released

    Thanks a lot for those pointers ! I'll give it another go as soon as I can. So basically, you're saying put into retrograde on EI and leave the attitude alone until it has deccelerated enough? How about deorbit burns then? Any tips on how low periapsis should be dipped? Thanks again.
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    NLSSTO Released

    As you know, I've been looking forward to flying the NLSSTO, because I really like the concept. Some feedback... Cool ride! I made a couple of ascents and attempted a reentry. Good visuals IMO. It's really cahllenging to fly. The fuel budget is low, and ascent is tricky the first few...
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    HyperDart - A new spaceplane

    Wondering here... Perhaps the lander could even do without the petals, since it operates in vaccum? PS agreed on "More screenshots!" ;)
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    HyperDart - A new spaceplane

    Wow, awesome job! That's a nifty lander. Really small though. Maybe it makes more sense to seat 2 and leave the pilot in the Dart? Anyway, I bet it's going to be a lot of fun getting it in and out of that tight payload bay ! Any booster ideas yet?
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    Iran 'fires satellite into space'

    Yes, of course, let me clarify what I'm saying - MAD isn't as relevant to the Middle East for most scenarios you can contemplate, as it was for the Cold War. Iran, unlike Israel, has a strategic advantage of size, and probably far better distribution of population and economical, industrial...
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    Iran 'fires satellite into space'

    I'm not sure I agree that an exchange of "a few" atom bombs in the Middle East is not a nightmare scenario, at least for the Middle East itself. Peace is kept in the Middle East mostly because Israel maintains its position as a military and economical power in a local scale. Given the small...
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    Black Dart update

    Looks amazing! Conventional RCS looks even better than (the very cool) retractable one. I like the OMS configuration. Seems it retains the large middle nozzle though. Will that be the main propulsion system functioning as a (cryogenic?) upper stage on ascent, with the OMS used in orbit, or do...
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    Project XR2 Ravenstar - Mk II

    Wow, fantastic skin Coolhand!
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    HyperDart - A new spaceplane

    I second that, well done CigDriver! :speakcool: Nifty presentation too. Is it a SSTO horizontal take off?
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    TED Talks: Online Lecture Series

    Most TED Talks are really interesting... They're also available on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/TEDtalksDirector P.S. Not to derail the topic... but any news on that fascinating SSTO add-on you were posting about on M6 (the one appearing on your avatar)? ;)
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    Black Dart update

    That looks truely fantastic! Not traditionally beautiful but military-x-plane style beautiful, which is much better! Nice SR-71 quotes. Is that a retractable RCS? nice idea! I'm wondering whether the doors need to be opened wider as they seem quite close to the exhaust ? Have you any ideas...
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    Iran 'fires satellite into space'

    Amen to that. So far "convincing" hasn't been convincing enough, but us armchair heads of state will have to wait and see what happens in the future. Edit: as far as I know, 2000km refers to existing Shihab-3 upgrades. Anyway, if addon developers are reading this, please don't make a sweat...
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    Iran 'fires satellite into space'

    Greg, about the effects of a nuclear attack on Israel: any nuclear attack, even if only a single, small nuclear warhead gets through the ABM defenses, would have devastating consequences. Although such a scenario would leave Israel with second-strike possiblities, long-term survival will be...
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