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  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Maybe Article 50 should be amended to include something along the lines of "Stop! Who would leave the European Union must answer me these questions three, ere the other side he see."...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    Back in the early 80s the BBC had one of their periodic attempts to create a soap opera. This one was called "Triangle" and was set on a North Sea ferry doing a 3 legged route with the idea it...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    And AFAIK, it's still a crime to receive unauthorized broadcasts in the U.K. IIRC that due to a mild case of real-worldism at the time of legislation it's an offence to act on information gained from unauthorised reception of a...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    wondering how Brits knew who to complain to when a radio signal was interfering Due to the way the transmitter network in the UK was set up virtually all transmitter locations are shared. Bellinghman mentioned Sandy Heath transmitter earlier, that...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    Expanding more, in the UK a single station may have both medium wave and VHF frequencies (and these days be part of a DAB multiplex and available via Freeview TV) for broadcast. Prior to the introduction of independent commercial radio...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    UK radio stations originally used on air callsigns, 2MT and 2LO being the first ones used. These aquired the 'G' prefix when the international use of callsigns was agreed. The prefixes are the same as used in amateur radio callsigns...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    The very long gone Hypatia book recommender at the old alexlit site used to suggest the occasional Georgette Heyer for me, though I never got round to actually reading one. The other reccommendations it made tended to be very good...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    Not a lot of cargo shipping in London itself any more, most of it was containerised and move downstream. Port of London Authority list ship movements though which may give some ideas of where to look....
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    On a journey to Mars you're going to need a lot of water anyway. A lot of it will be recycled but recycling is never going to be 100% effective, but the holding tanks for the recyclers make just as...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    To the extent that both stages of the BFR have internal header tanks for the landing fuel. One day I'll get round to going through a few SpaceX launch videos to try and spot if there's sudden lurches as the...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    For radiation shielding you actually want a lot of hydrogen, that's why you often hear the idea of surrounding a shelter with water tanks for protection on manned spacecraft. The exterior of inflatable habitats is made up of many layers...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    Note the part about biological specimens being less than 0.62m tall and the bit in the user guide mentioning "small animals up to the size of rats". I don't think the vibration issues were completely solved and contributed to the...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    You'd probably be better off going the Discovery (2001 Space Odyssey version) route and having the rotating element contained in a stationary pressurised hull. That eliminates the need for an airtight bearing and a contra rotating mass section takes care...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    The tanks were dropped while the stack was still sub-orbital, there were no engines of any kind on the tanks to de-orbit them although an offset pressure relief valve on the nose of the tank was used to make it...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    Indeed. Changing the foam could have been an alternative, but that would mean requalifying the new compound before it could be flown. Even changing the CFC used in the spraying process to an HCFC took a long time to get...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    I've often wondered why NASA didn't drag any number of modified Shuttle External Fuel Tanks into orbit Because the orange foam insulation behaved like pop-corn in vacuum conditions. NASA was open to proposals to use the ET on orbit but...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    Been far too long since I've been to Falmouth but Google Earth/Maps has quite reasonable coverage. Very little Streetview in the docks themselves but the road immediately to the south is higher so gives you a bit of a view...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    As for 12 hours, nope. An LEO polar orbit would be about 90 to 100 minutes, I think the idea is similar to von Braun's Mars Project book. That had a space station in a polar orbit that took exactly...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    They didn't actually get any of the promised UK money until after ESA kicked in 10 million a couple of years ago....
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    Pete Conrad, third man on the moon, was the one involved in DC-X. Alledgedly spent some time measuring up a space in the nose of the craft and working out how to get a seat in there......
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    Several people seem to be confusing the EU and ESA, they have overlapping membership but far from identical. The only project the UK will be unable to get involved in after Brexit is the Galileo navigation system which, as has...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    0333 88888888 (three threes eight eights) works for UK fake numbers, cllers get a recorded announcement....
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    Looks like Arabsat 6A is around 6000kg which is within the Ariane 5 capacity, though may need to be a single payload rather than shared. If BFR hits its payload to LEO targets the game changer will be a reusable...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    Finding a new way to raise the development funding has to be the first step. Currently countries contribute to the funding and get an equivalent amount of work back, so if Germany contributes 25% of the costs, 25% of the...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    SpaceX currently have two Falcon Heavy launches coming up, one in March with a commercial satellite heading for geostationary orbit and another in April with a number of satellites heading for different orbits as part of a US Air Force...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    No....
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    Ah yes, "Joey Kennedy", the famous Irish-Italian-American senator No, the famous American member of the House of Representatives for a district formerly held by his uncle....
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    So, biggest government defeat in history. Who's got the popcorn?...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    Indeed. Grew up in Tavistock (and bought a house just outside Gunnislake when I moved back to the area after University and some time in London) and can remember travelling on the steam trains from both Tavistock stations. Talk of...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    The branch line where I used to live was cut short by Beeching but not entirely closed. The 'new' terminal station was the only remaining thing on the north side of a main road with the line crossing via a...
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