On Sunday, a Soyuz-2.1b rocket was successfully launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia’s northern space port, carrying a 3,119-pound Glonass navigation satellite into orbit. And boy was it snowy.
To be fair, 540 dancing robots might be the best way to celebrate anything.
The US may make big turbines, but the UK knows how to make lots of them: The world’s biggest wind farm is to be constructed just off the cost of England.
Jeez, I don’t know if I’d risk a dime (or a life) on a 45 year-old museum piece running 50+ year old tech
Turning off a light just became a much smaller task. A team of researchers has developed the world’s smallest optical switch, which uses just a single atom to control the flow of light.
Yeah, the all say that, then you topple a Saturn V rocket onto a baby and everybody screams and cries.
Without fuel, any rocket is weaker than a baby.
If you’re being that way- they’re museum pieces and not capable of anything short of rusting.
Jeez, I don’t know if I’d risk a dime (or a life) on a 45 year-old museum piece running 50+ year old tech. So, effectively, the Saturn V, while there are two on Earth, cannot fly. You could recondition them, bolt by bolt, o-ring by o-ring, and then you might get one on Earth that could fly. Now? No way. The word “is”…
The Saturn V plans are fine. They’re stored on microfilm at the Federal Archives in East Point, Georgia.
If you’re going to be logical, it’s a real problem.
It’s safer to build dozens for now. They’ve yet to perfectly land an engine, so until that happens, they’re basically stocking up. No sense in banking on a perfect landing when the tests keep failing; by having dozens in stock, they can continue running missions while they work on the problem of landing.
Unless there is a module that requires the SLS, the falcon heavy would match it with 3 launches. That’s $300M versus $2B. You could launch 6x the weight with falcon heavies versus the SLS for the same cost.
Still way too early for SpaceX to build re-usability into their business model. Makes sense that they would proceed assuming no re-usability over the next few years, until that capability makes it out of the experimental stage.
The Saturn V tooling and production lines have been replaced by the Space Shuttle External tank tooling and production lines which have in turn been replaced by SLS tooling and production lines.
The SLS will cost at least $2B per launch, the Falcon Heavy will cost $100M per launch. Remind me again why the Senate Launch System exists?
It’s not the plans that are lost, but the supply chain and institutional knowledge to build them again. It would take billions of dollars and years of work to start up the closed down, long gone assembly lines and to replace the countless suppliers of the millions of components and subassemblies. And all those…
With full thrust and fully expendable it's being rumored that Falcon Heavy might be capable of upwards of 100t to LEO.
What I’d like to see is when we get to a point when we send a falcon heavy up, and watch those boosters separate and each land at 3 different LZ pads without a crash. That would be Awesome, and historic.
That’s the only unboxing video I’d wanna see.