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Catherine Mintz
... writes science fiction, fantasy, horror, and poetry.
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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 yesterday 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 2 days ago on Next Up: January 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
Q/Here are a few of the sites I currently have bookmarked—/Q A =few=. It's going to take me a while to run through the list. A boiler burst, no heat, no hot water. Life on the new frontier is time-consuming.
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on Next Up: January 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
Q/I would caution you both to ignore stories in the mainstream media. /Q WB Where are you looking for better information?
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on Next Up: January 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
The Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2018/01/09/the-mystery-behind-the-fate-of-a-top-secret-satellite-comes-at-the-height-of-one-of-elon-musks-biggest-rivalries/?utm_term=.ed8708eb4410
Toggle Commented Jan 9, 2018 on Next Up: January 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
We got about seven or eight inches, but the wind made being outdoors like being hit by a series of snowballs. Today it is glitteringly cold.
Toggle Commented Jan 5, 2018 on Next Up: January 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
Roast beef, oyster mushrooms, potatoes, asparagus.
Toggle Commented Dec 24, 2017 on A Merry and Happy New Year at SF and F Roundtable
UFO! Well, no, but, the East Coast gets its own show in January: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/12/23/a-ufo-sighting-briefly-freaked-out-the-west-coast-there-was-an-earthly-explanation/
Toggle Commented Dec 23, 2017 on Back to the Moon? at SF and F Roundtable
Q/—And definitely off topic, a Merry Christmas to all./Q JH Merry Christmas!
Toggle Commented Dec 23, 2017 on A Merry and Happy New Year at SF and F Roundtable
Show us the money: https://phys.org/news/2017-12-trump-americans-moon-money-experts.html Q/NASA said its work toward the new directive will be reflected in NASA's fiscal year 2019 budget request, which comes out in February. Logsdon said that budget request will reveal a lot. The amount should be "something that shows they are serious," he told AFP. "A few hundred million, a half a billion. It doesn't have to be some massive increase. As long as it is new money, not taken away from other programs, dedicated to this objective."/Q
Toggle Commented Dec 14, 2017 on Back to the Moon? at SF and F Roundtable
Q/The other day, I was trying to describe some missile defense stuff to a friend, and got the usual lecture about "solving our differences through diplomacy."/Q Diplomacy from a position of technological weakness has a long history of abject failure.
Toggle Commented Dec 11, 2017 on Next Up: December 2017 at SF and F Roundtable
Meanwhile, in Japan, defense preparations are sped up: http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201712080029.html Q/North Korea's flurry of ballistic missile launches has prompted the government to move up plans to deploy a land-based Aegis missile defense system./Q
Toggle Commented Dec 8, 2017 on Next Up: December 2017 at SF and F Roundtable
The Washington Post says it is real but also quotes: Q/Keith Cowing wrote on his blog, NASA Watch, “This is a chance to do something that really resonates with people. Instead a lot of people will see some guy throw his expensive car away in outer space or make a shiny red reef in the Atlantic."/Q https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2017/12/02/elon-musk-ever-the-merry-prankster-plans-to-launch-a-tesla-to-mars-on-a-spacex-rocket/?utm_term=.2c8c45ba8cdb
Toggle Commented Dec 3, 2017 on Next Up: December 2017 at SF and F Roundtable
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elon_Musk%27s_midnight_cherry_Tesla_Roadster Brave little roadster.
Toggle Commented Dec 2, 2017 on Next Up: December 2017 at SF and F Roundtable
Q/But Narang says this new missile unambiguously puts the U.S. within range. And given what's known about the rest of North Korea's weapons program, he says, it's better to err on the side of caution. He says, "We have to assume that this thing can park a warhead on the Eastern Seaboard."/Q NPR: https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/11/30/567468685/new-north-korean-missile-is-a-monster
Toggle Commented Nov 30, 2017 on Next Up: December 2017 at SF and F Roundtable
As is traditional here, no turkey. Pork char sui, saffron rice, spinach and watercress salad with dried cherries and blue cheese crumbles, lemoncello gelato to finish. Oddly enough no one ate breakfast, no one ate lunch, and it was omelets for dinner.
Toggle Commented Nov 25, 2017 on Happy Thanksgiving at SF and F Roundtable
"I'm not convinced how much good the simulations will accomplish. " JH "I have strong doubts about the behavior aspects of these simulations—" WB I think they are part of imagining our way into space. More people imagined going around the worls than ever did, and even fewer made it. Today, about six percent of the people who go up Everest don't make it back. Even though the deaths are disporportionately sherpas (https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2014/04/mortality-on-mount-everest/360927/) many people don't understand how extreme the conditions are. Things have generaly gone their way; sometimes, on the mountain, they don't. Space is much more dangerous; help much further away.
Toggle Commented Nov 16, 2017 on Fake Space Travel at SF and F Roundtable
Fake is when the moon landings take place in a airplane hanger floored with cement dust. Simulated is when they're doing the (almost) real stuff but know someone can throw a switch and stop the show. Let's preserve a useful distinction.
Toggle Commented Nov 10, 2017 on Fake Space Travel at SF and F Roundtable
"And—it exploded!" https://www.theverge.com/2017/11/8/16624022/spacex-merlin-rocket-engine-failure-mcgregor-texas-falcon-9 Not supposed to affect the launch schedule.
Toggle Commented Nov 8, 2017 on Next Up: November 2017 at SF and F Roundtable
Film: https://www.space.com/38609-spacex-launches-koreasat-5a-satellite-lands-rocket.html
Toggle Commented Oct 31, 2017 on Next Up: November 2017 at SF and F Roundtable
First peek at a Musk tunnel: https://futurism.com/elon-musk-boring-company-tunnel-la/
It's a big project with problems that have known solutions. All it needs is willpower and money.
Meanwhile, in Mexico, they are tunneling and building train tracks on pylons. They are also exploring things that can go wrong: http://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/senators-want-update-new-intercity-train/
The Baltimore Sun has an article with more details: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/politics/bs-md-hyperloop-in-baltimore-20171019-story.html
It is a neat solution to the right of way problem that has prevented a TGV-type train on the East Coast, which could certainly use one. Train stations are more centrally located than airports, and trains can haul more weight per unit of fuel than planes do.