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  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    Heavier-than-air flight had already been achieved, with gliders. Powered heavier-than-air flight was the thing the Wright Brothers figured out and demonstrated but advances in internal-combustion engines meant that someone was eventually going to fit engines into a glider-type aircraft structure...
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    As for that crook Edison ... let's hear it for Sir Joseph Swan In Britain the joint company to market Swan's successful light-bulb design using tungsten filaments was called Swan-Edison, in the US the company was called Edison-Swan....
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    The various modules that were coupled together in orbit to form the basis of the ISS were all fitted out with air recirculation, power distribution, toilets, heating and cooling, radiation protection, airlocks, insulation and a hundred and one other things...
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    We've actually got mass-to-orbit capability, we just don't have a lot of heavy throw-weight launchers and even fewer heavy payloads begging for a boost on those launchers. That 400-tonne space station circling the Earth today wasn't dependent on a handful...
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    The External Tank contents ran out at about 8 1/2 minutes into the flight having burned from the pad to that point when the stack was travelling mostly upward at about 8km/sec. The empty ET was then separated, releasing 30...
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    What were they going to do with the expended External Tanks once they got them into orbit? There was no budget to provide a permanent establishment of tugs and other operations structures in orbit to corral these tanks, modify them...
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    One working definition of "empire" is a nation-state that has enclaves in other nations where their laws prevail in regard of their own citizens. British citizens abroad in the British Empire were subject to the laws of Britain, not to...
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    Ah, I hadn't realised the Japanese Soryus were as big as they are, more battle ship inflation going on I guess. I wonder what a nation committed to pacifism and coastal self-defence needs a long-range attack submarine class for... By...
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    I'm not an expert but it looks like the French are the only folks building a sub hull in the 4000 tonne range. The off-the-shelf AIP boats like the 209 derivatives are typically 2000 tonnes and most modern nuclear attack...
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    I can't speak for the quality of the Suffrens since none have been commissioned yet -- folks thought the Lada class boats were going to be hell on wheels and that didn't happen when the first hull hit the water....
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    A large part of the ISS was carried into orbit by the Space Shuttle in its cargo bay, maybe 250 tonnes or so. It also carried satellites like the Hubble, orbital laboratory facilities, pallets, supplies and spare parts, crew members...
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    I did a rough calculation a while back, on launch "throw weight" as a total in terms of mass into orbit annually from all launchers everywhere and discovered, to my surprise that it had plateaued rather than growing steadily as...
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    Useful transuranics will probably be Islands of Stability elements with atomic numbers and masses exceeding anything we can reproduce on Earth at the moment. Nearly all of the other transuranics we know of are radioactive and have half-lives measured, at...
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    I had an idea for a locked-room murder mystery where the victim was killed by a curious variant of Spontaneous Human Combustion while lying in their bed. The mystery was solved when someone went next door and found the wall...
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    why are you bothering to stash nuclear weapons in L2 to begin with when you could just use rocks. It turns out Rocks! From! Spaaaace! don't actually work that well as bombardment weapons unless they're absolutely massive and in that...
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    The big problem with directed-energy weapons is that the source has to be hotter than the target since the beam loses energy in transit. There are ways around this, "rocket" chemically-pumped lasers which dump the heat in the source by...
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    The problem still is, how do you maintain them if you park them in L2? How much does it cost to launch a maintenance flight, possibly manned, every six months or so out to where they've been positioned to keep...
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    If someone could build such a station and put it in a 2-hour polar orbit then someone else could build an interceptor missile that could destroy that station almost trivially. The orbital bomb system in "Space Cadet" was incredibly vulnerable...
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    "Space Cadet" went into more details of the orbital bomb delivery system. The main character (I forget his name) was discussing the bomb orbits over dinner at home on leave as he had spent time doing maintenance on such bombs....
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    There's no point carrying nuclear weapons into orbit. If you get them there you can't maintain them without flying people up to fix them as well as having a Shuttle-type workshop vehicle too. Deorbiting them to target costs fuel and...
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    I saw a quite readable Geosync Satellites for Dummies article somewhere by someone who had worked as an integration contractor for Thales and Lockheed a while back, I wish I had kept a copy of it. It might have been...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    What was surprising was the number who'd phone out of hours — who expects to get an answer at 9 o'clock at night? Funeral homes commonly subscribe to an out-of-hours answering service. Distraught people will call them up at any...
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    As to oil... hypothetically we could kill maybe 2-300 carefully targeted people and never have to worry about having a petroleum economy again. You'd have to kill a couple of billion poor people in India and Africa to stop worrying...
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    They use suspended cables running between poles to carry the overheads for the trams in the city. In some locations such as Shandwick Place these are bolted rather insecurely into the walls of the buildings lining the roadway, in others...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    I can't think of any of the Edinburgh tram system that runs on "repurposed former railway tracks". The tram line runs alongside railway tracks for part of its length between Haymarket and Hermiston Gait but not on railway right-of-way. They...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    You know perfectly well whom I mean when I say "Social Democrat Labour MP's" Yes, Blairite right-wingers who can't be doing with all that Socialism thing and being nice to poor people but who couldn't quite bring themselves to give...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    Social Democrat Labour MP's Eh? There's the Liberal Democrats and the Labour Party, there are no Social Democrat Labour MPs. Ambitious politicians don't join the Lib Dems since they're a permanent minority centre-right party. There's talk of a breakaway group...
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    indeed - there was a political joke, a couple of years later, that Scargill was in the pay of the CIA & Thatcher of the KGB. Nah, Thatcher was actually a Deep Green mole, out to destroy the coal industry...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    The Nissan decision isn't actually Brexit-related, except in an odd way. A few days ago a wide-ranging EU-Japan trade agreement came into force. Part of that agreement is large cuts and eventual abolition of tariffs on cars and components between...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    Re: "dinosaur killer" asteroids, we're kind of lucky in Sol system to have the Great Vacuum Cleaner i.e. Jupiter whose gravitaitonal field which has been disrupting and absorbing comets and free-floating asteroids for a few billion years after the system...
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