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    News Changes to the SpaceX BFR rocket.

    Have any other rockets had water-cooled steel plates underneath them rather than a flame trench or water deluge system, or is this another case of Elon half assing it and hoping it works?
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    News Changes to the SpaceX BFR rocket.

    Raining chunks of concrete on endangered sea turtle habit isn't a good look. This is their nesting season too.
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    News Changes to the SpaceX BFR rocket.

    Yeah, a Moon landing in 2025 is highly unlikely. Starship may not even reach orbit until then, but I believe that it will probably land on the Moon at some point. Although blowing out a gaping hole under the launch pad during the OFT was pretty stupid, SpaceX isn't usually incompetent. They...
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    News Changes to the SpaceX BFR rocket.

    Folks, I'm sharing the absolute best animation that I've seen of the Starship program. It really is movie quality. SPOILERS (read below after watching): From what I've read regarding the orbital flight test: the booster won't be caught by the chopsticks, Starlinks won't be deployed by...
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    News Changes to the SpaceX BFR rocket.

    Well, success means different things to different people. I was halfway expecting it to RUD and the launch mount to be obliterated. 31 out of 33 engines working properly with the launch mount still intact is definitely progress, so I'd call it a success.
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    Question How did you get into Orbiter Sim?

    It was 2005 or 2006 when I discovered Orbiter. I had played the various versions of Microsoft Flight Simulator going back to when I was a kid, and I believe that I had searched for a space simulator and Orbiter popped up in the search results.
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    Updates SLS Updates

    Agreed. That's in bad taste. I'm looking forward to the mission and hope it's successful, as well as subsequent missions. Returning to the Moon is exciting. However, do we really need to reinvent the wheel? If these are just more "flags and footprints" missions, what's the point? I think...
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    Internet Best Space Films?

    To add on to my old list, Apollo 18, Passengers, Gravity, The Martian, and Ad Astra were all very enjoyable movies to watch. I actually enjoyed Ad Astra more than The Martian, although part of that may be because I had already read the book for The Martian.
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    Project SpaceX SuperHeavy

    I set up a base on Mars, set the landing pad as target and missed it by just a few kilometers. I was heading towards it, then the suicide burn started and I ended up in a Martian canyon. One thing that went very well was that by trial and error, I managed to execute an aerocapture. That was...
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    Project SpaceX SuperHeavy

    Thanks for creating this wonderful addon! I completed the 10km hop as well as the mission where Starship lands in the water near Hawaii. My next adventure is going to be a Mars mission, picking the right launch window and bumping up the propellant level to 100% after reaching LEO (of course...
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    What is your favorite thing to do in Orbiter?

    My favorite is re-entering Earth's atmosphere in NASSP. Rolling the Apollo CM back and forth while watching the G's, making sure not to come in too steep or too shallow, is very enjoyable.
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    What music are you listening to?

    I've been listening to electronic music by Acrion lately. I'll Be There, Eternal Joy, and Gates to Heaven are my favorites.
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    Launch News SpaceX: Inspiration4 mission.

    We could go the conspiracy theory route and say that there was no one inside of the Dragon capsule that launched last night and the crew members were filmed at a set in Hollywood. LOL
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    Updates STS-135 Updates

    Agreed. I predict that SLS will either be quietly cancelled or there will only be one or two test launches and then it will be deemed unnecessary once Starship is ready. NASA does a good job with :probe:and training astronauts, but it looks like commercial launches will be the way to go in the...
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    Gaming No Man's Sky

    From the pictures and videos I've seen, No Man's Sky looks like a cross between Lisa Frank and someone's bad acid trip. I think I'll get it. I'm not expecting realism, but it looks like fun.
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    Question What games are you playing?

    I just beat Story mode for Red Dead Redemption 2 (would HIGHLY recommend, especially if you are into old western American culture). Now I'm messing around with MSFS 2020. It's quite a bit different from FSX, so there's a bit of a learning curve. So far, I've been making short flights between...
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    Phosphine detected in the atmosphere of Venus

    Definitely. However, unfortunately, a boring explanation is usually the correct explanation. Remember the star that was thought to be surrounded by a Dyson sphere and ended up just being dust? Before we get too excited, let's consider that the phosphine was most likely produced by...
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    Question Are astronauts insurable for life insurance?

    I was thinking about the upcoming SpaceX DM-2 flight and how Bob and Doug have hopefully kept their life insurance policies paid up in case something happens during the mission, but it got me thinking about life insurance for astronauts. Can they get life insurance, and if so, is it at normal...
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    Updates SpaceX DM-1 capsule lost during static fire test

    Thank God this happened during testing rather than during the planned DM-2 mission. Not only would people have died, but I can't imagine that NASA would ever trust SpaceX to send up astronauts on their rockets again. This is yet another reminder that spaceflight is very dangerous business.
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    Who will put people on Mars first?

    In my personal opinion, I believe that big, bloated space agencies like NASA have had their time (with Apollo 11 being the pinnacle of NASA's achievements). Now, there are private companies that run leaner and meaner without all of the red tape and politics involved with big government...