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    James tries to not reuse books in his Five Things posts on tor.com, the Hainish books were included in Classic SF in Which Humans Come From “Beyond the Stars” back in January so weren't eligible this time....
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    Nope, typical transpondian short measure. An English ton is 2240 lbs, just a few shovel fulls different to a metric tonne....
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    NHS patient data slurp delayed by two months...
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    I suspect problems with the FH design process are part of the reason Elon has been so ready to make major changes to the various iterations of the BFR programme. Originally FH was intended to be three normal cores strapped...
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    I believe the Chinese rocket that re-entered was the first stage. It wasn't supposed to make it to orbit and ... yet it did. Oops. No oops about it. The CZ-5B is a core stage plus four boosters and...
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    They're happy with the standard fairing for most DoD launches, but it is volume limited and the payloads that need a Falcon Heavy also need more space inside. The company in line to make the larger fairings are Swiss, and...
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    There's another Falcon 9 due up in the early hours of Sunday morning, for once with a commercial payload. Launch window opens at 04:26 UTC and runs for about two hours and they usually target the start of the window...
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    The windows version has a tick box in the options for installing updates automatically, and I think there's an "Ignore this version" box on the dialogue it pops up if it spots a new version....
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    Canada yes, but you were originally talking about Network Rail not getting round to replacing level crossings on the UK railways. I am well aware that transpondian rail networks are a nightmare......
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    Rail lines here are generally fenced, and in an urban area the fence will be substantial and inspected regularly, so demand paths are uncommon and will quickly be blocked off. A common problem round East Anglia though is the only...
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    My Skoda has SmartLink which connects your phone to the centre console screen via Bluetooth or USB and Android Auto, MirrorLink or CarPlay on the phone. That gives me Google Maps on the screen with a simplified display and the...
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    Depends on how fast they're moving of course, inverse square law and that......
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    In Norman times the monarchy was still technically elective as it had been for the Anglo-Saxon kings, so it was more a case of the crown condensing out of a probability cloud. Up until Henry II the procedure was roughly...
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    The Daedelus jetpack has a duration of around 10 minutes for the current design and the inventor, Richard Browning, is a Royal Marine reservist. I'm not sure how useful the jetpack would be for boarding hostile ships, much of the...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    Torpoint ferry takes up to 73 cars per trip, individual vehicle weight limit of 18 tons, crossings every ten minutes at peak so up to 438 vehicles per hour, roughly 10k per day at peak rate....
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    6. Right now, the Inspiration4 flight is scheduled to launch Sept 15. This is the mission that will launch Tom Cruise. Russia will launch its own actor in October. Right on the Inspiration 4 date, wrong on it being the...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    Indeed, 25 miles each way plus a mile or two as I searched the nearest from "Cambridge" rather than my postcode. 5l of petrol for the trip, Foxton level crossing en-route......
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    Oh, yeah, they plan to launch how many more of these in the near future? At least two. Their station is made up from three similarly sized modules. The USA seems to be in no danger of losing the top...
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    You also need to consider what the impact will do to whatever is holding your regolith rubble in place, and how badly the local environment will be affected when a hole in the retaining surface starts leaking boulders. Trying to...
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    New Shepard comes up a fair bit short in the delta-V needed to get down and back. It would need enough of a redesign to effectively be a new craft, plus a bunch of requalification to do the landing with...
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    Memories of a paper in JBIS outlining the construction of a wheel station by sending up inflatable formers for the rim and spokes, then using large spools of wide aluminium (and other materials to make multi layer insulation) tape to...
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    On the SpaceX front, SN15 made its test flight and is currently intact and vertical on the landing pad. Some fire around the base for a while after landing apparently due to venting methane. SpaceX coverage although with a lot...
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    Inflatables are actually more resistant to punctures than tin cans, multiple layers of kevlar and similar fabrics with fluffy layers in between. Anything hitting the outside tends to vapourise with the vapour getting stopped by the next layer. Tin cans...
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    I can see a mix of inflatables and tin can modules for future stations. Inflatables take a fair bit of on-orbit fitting out and can't easily be deflated for return to Earth, but using them for crew quarters and the...
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    The only point I'd disagree with is his idea that modular space stations don't work. Using Starship the modules can be the size of the Skylab workshop. You need to alter the Skylab docking adapter by replacing it with something...
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    Once we're allowed out properly I'm planning on trying a USB drink chiller to see if one will keep proper milk cold enough when I'm away....
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    Four walkers and six who went at least partway round left. Apollo 8 the only intact crew. ObXKCD...
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    Except the spare Dutch bloke was offered the job because he was married to one of Jimmy's daughters, and his successor was the other daughter, although the one after that did back up the line a bit and was the...
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    Wonder if Elon has seen that one......
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    I've long held a suspicion that he'll follow the Belgium/Netherlands example and put in a few years and then hand over to William. I don't expect him to duck out altogether, but also don't expect him to cling to the...
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