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by luke strawwalker
Thu, 21 Apr 16, 03:29 am
Forum: Heard around the Starport
Topic: GHrocket who?
Replies: 4
Views: 1485

Re: GHrocket who?

Yeah, GH is something else. Stuck at that "14 year old" level of humor, but he DOES know his stuff pretty well. Don't always agree with him by a longshot, but his comments DO make me think. I like someone who isn't afraid to call it like he sees it, and let the chips fall where they may. I can respe...
by luke strawwalker
Tue, 19 Apr 16, 03:36 am
Forum: The joys of CATOs
Topic: the fickle nature of E's and F's
Replies: 18
Views: 6767

Re: E9-4 CATO

In fairness it's been fairly common knowledge that the black powder Estes "E" motors have had their troubles. Remember that Estes' first foray into the "larger than D" motor territory (for black powder motors in 'recent' times anyway) was the E15, which had so many problems they were quickly pulled ...
by luke strawwalker
Fri, 15 Apr 16, 04:15 am
Forum: Politics As Usual
Topic: Barrack to the people, don't worry about Hillary's server.
Replies: 5
Views: 1703

Re: Barrack to the people, don't worry about Hillary's server.

That's true, but won't do much good if this one sinks out from under them before it gets here.

Later! OL J R :)
by luke strawwalker
Fri, 15 Apr 16, 04:12 am
Forum: Books, Films & other media
Topic: 10 Most Anticipated Science Fiction Movies of 2016
Replies: 5
Views: 2351

Re: 10 Most Anticipated Science Fiction Movies of 2016

"Passengers" might be mildly interesting. Depends on how similar it is to how "The Martian" was done. Keira and I both loved "The Martian", although we both discussed a few technical inaccuracies we noticed-- I made her calculate WHY you couldn't use a drop cloth and duct tape to replace a missing h...
by luke strawwalker
Thu, 14 Apr 16, 05:38 am
Forum: Politics As Usual
Topic: Barrack to the people, don't worry about Hillary's server.
Replies: 5
Views: 1703

Re: Barrack to the people, don't worry about Hillary's server.

Ask Eric Snowden... Gee, Mistuh Prez... "there's *classified* and then there's "classified". Hmmm... like our nuclear launch codes are "classified". Obviously we don't want some raghead launching our missiles... Then there's "classified" like who knows what that was on Hillary's server. Who knows wh...
by luke strawwalker
Thu, 14 Apr 16, 05:13 am
Forum: General Rocketry
Topic: Omitted information on Blue Origin landing number 3
Replies: 3
Views: 1346

Re: Omitted information on Blue Origin landing number 3

Oh, I forgot "fourth" above, and since I don't see an 'edit' button... Fourth, methane is fairly easily attainable for in-situ resource utilization for deep space missions. (ISRU). Robert Zubrin built a "pilot plant" for turning the commonly available CO2 of the Martian atmosphere into methane rocke...
by luke strawwalker
Thu, 14 Apr 16, 04:45 am
Forum: General Rocketry
Topic: Omitted information on Blue Origin landing number 3
Replies: 3
Views: 1346

Re: Omitted information on Blue Origin landing number 3

Personally, I'm much more interested in their work on the methane engine for the Air Force to replace the Russian-built RD-180 on the Atlas V... I can see a LOT of uses for a big methane burning engine (and getting the experience will put them in the catbird seat to develop smaller, say ORION-SM siz...
by luke strawwalker
Tue, 12 Apr 16, 00:25 am
Forum: Your tax dollars at Work
Topic: TSA Radomizer costs mega bucks to create
Replies: 1
Views: 1315

Re: TSA Radomizer costs mega bucks to create

Sounds like a typical gubmint operation. I want my tax dollars back. Course it was probably some Congresscritter's BIL that did the programming and got the contract. Methinks this is probably the modern day equivalent of "$500 toilet seats". IOW, money to pay for the alien spaceport at Area 51... La...
by luke strawwalker
Tue, 12 Apr 16, 00:21 am
Forum: Model Rocketry
Topic: Old Launch Photos
Replies: 20
Views: 6433

Re: Old Launch Photos

Good luck with getting them to work with a newer computer. IIRC they used specific software that hasn't been updated or supported for a decade, which is about like a century when it comes to computers...

Later! OL J R :)
by luke strawwalker
Mon, 11 Apr 16, 23:58 pm
Forum: General Rocketry
Topic: Blue Origin Vs. Space X, the continuing story.
Replies: 5
Views: 1799

Re: Blue Origin Vs. Space X, the continuing story.

Good points. SLS was *technically* "foisted" on NASA, BUT it certainly wasn't like NASA was dragged kicking and screaming and forced into it. NASA was a more than willing partner in getting that approved, because nobody in gubmint (inside NASA or outside it, say in Congress) has the courage or fores...