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Catherine Mintz
... writes science fiction, fantasy, horror, and poetry.
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Postponded to tomorrow: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/science/watch-live-spacex-to-launch-bangabandhu-1-satellite-atop-block-5-the-most-powerful-falcon-9-rocket-to-date
Toggle Commented May 11, 2018 on Next Up: May 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
"A small one could handle a light camera, or vital small parts or papers, but big and bulky gets tricky." JH In cities, for heavy loads, they're hoping to use autonomous vehicles, but in Europe, particularly, where old streets are often narrow and winding, they'd like to take to the air. Big cities already have an almost constant background noise of planes and helicopters: people might not be surprised. They also might be happy, but convenience often wins out.
Toggle Commented Apr 21, 2018 on Next Up: April 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
"The UPS guy is getting sick of bringing me furniture. Wait til the new deck planter shows up..." WB Life in the 21th century. Wait until drones take over his job.
Toggle Commented Apr 12, 2018 on Next Up: April 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
I have a new computer and new software: busy, frustrated.
Toggle Commented Apr 7, 2018 on Next Up: April 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
Soyuz 8: http://www.spaceflightinsider.com/missions/iss/international-space-station-crew-size-doubles-soyuz-ms-08-docking/
Toggle Commented Mar 25, 2018 on Next Up: March 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
Snow, snow, snow. Tomorrow, flood, flood, flood.
Toggle Commented Mar 22, 2018 on Next Up: March 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
"Norton is currently blocking spaceflightinsider.com as a"fraudlent website." No idea why." WB It works for me. Norton was doing some sort of bug fix back on the 6th.
Toggle Commented Mar 19, 2018 on Next Up: March 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
Officially, we are not going to have that much snow. Unofficially, they're moving planes out of the airport, sending them to warmer, dryer places to wait for the sun to return. I pay attention to the Plane Index, because airplanes spent a lot of money on forecasting. Money is behind more history than outsiders can guess. A number of inventions would have been rolling or flying much earlier than they did if their improvished inventors had had more funds.
Toggle Commented Mar 12, 2018 on Next Up: March 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
We're currently undergoing a series of daylong water stoppages as they replace infrastructure in the streets. Good thing writing only requires pen and paper. For a day or three storing drinking water is not such a problem, but water to clean hands and flush toilets is more challenging. Cooking is impossible. Out in the country maybe a reserve pond would be feasible?
Toggle Commented Mar 9, 2018 on Next Up: March 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
I assume SpaceX is trying to build a reputation for getting the job done as scheduled. We still have people without power and another storm with wind and wet, heavy snow is incoming. I've been through Cat 4s, but I wasn't foolish enough to be outside for the exciting parts.
Toggle Commented Mar 6, 2018 on Next Up: March 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
I went outside and the wind knocked me to my knees. It was fully as fierce a storm as a hurricane.
Toggle Commented Mar 3, 2018 on Next Up: March 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
Atlas V 541 with GOES-S, very pretty: https://youtu.be/CkZ4xBecBig
Toggle Commented Mar 2, 2018 on Next Up: March 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
I guess we're still not up to the departure-arrival schedule of a moderately bad airport.
Toggle Commented Feb 18, 2018 on Next Up: February 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
The LA Times reports the failure of the middle set of engines was due to =lack of ignition fluid=. I guess they put a bigger tank in there next time. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-spacex-falcon-heavy-core-20180212-story.html Is there a better source for this?
Toggle Commented Feb 12, 2018 on Next Up: February 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
For the current thinking on the orbit, see the Atlantic article at the upper right. Short version: not the asteroid belt.
Toggle Commented Feb 8, 2018 on Next Up: February 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
Did they land the main booster on the barge?
Toggle Commented Feb 6, 2018 on Next Up: February 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
"WOW!!!!!!" WB Yep. Absolutely.
Toggle Commented Feb 6, 2018 on Next Up: February 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
Old launch, but new pictures, from Curiousty on Mars: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2018/02/03/curiositys-five-year-journey-across-mars-in-one-stunning-photo/?utm_term=.552ae6a393e0
Toggle Commented Feb 3, 2018 on Next Up: February 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
NASA will be trying to talk to its Oldie But Goodie: https://gizmodo.com/over-a-decade-later-nasas-long-dead-image-satellite-ma-1822479068
Toggle Commented Jan 28, 2018 on Next Up: January 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
The Magic Day is February 6th. Probably. Possibly. Midnight cherry roadster away: http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-spacex-falcon-heavy-20180127-story.html#nt=latestnews
Toggle Commented Jan 28, 2018 on Next Up: January 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
Q/Oh, one other nooz: some amateur looking for Zuma found NASA's long-lost IMAGE satellite, working fine—/Q WB https://image.gsfc.nasa.gov IMAGE. I guess they should change the past tense references.
Toggle Commented Jan 27, 2018 on Next Up: January 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
Q/And off-topic, I've spent today resurrecting my computer after the hard disk died a miserable death last night./Q JH Sympathy, but remember the Good Old Days when we did it all by hand, usually with added White-Out.
Toggle Commented Jan 23, 2018 on Next Up: January 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
More Zuma: https://www.space.com/39464-air-force-spacex-confidence-zuma-mission.html Q/The Powers That Be have no legitimate existence, and our the scourge of our times./Q WB Eisenhower called it the military-industrial complex and it is, in reality, probably much older than the fifties. Also, consider the Old Boy Network—
Toggle Commented Jan 23, 2018 on Next Up: January 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
That was useful. I should have been more explicit in saying I assume that when he says so many flights were made with such and such results that was accurate. But even that may not necessarily be so, apparently. But what did happen to Zuma? Apparently there's still considered to be some chance amateurs will spot it its unresponsive hulk in orbit. Of course, if I wanted to hide a satellite, lofting it up as an unresponsive hulk might be a way to go. Passive information gathering is hard to detect. It's when it calls home it attracts attention.
Toggle Commented Jan 16, 2018 on Next Up: January 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
Here an article from Forbes: htps://www.forbes.com/sites/lorenthompson/2018/01/15/doubts-about-spacex-reliability-persist-as-astronaut-missions-approach/#5d7404013305. I'm going to assume the verifiable facts are true, but the conclusions may not be. How does one break it down?
Toggle Commented Jan 15, 2018 on Next Up: January 2018 at SF and F Roundtable