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Comment: Re:Landing vs splashdown (Score 1) 339

Consider it deducted from the amount of payload/second stage you can carry. But if your first stage is engineered to be more than enough for what you need as payload anyway (ie it's already cost effective) you might as well try to recover the cost of it with a soft powered landing and make MORE profit.

Comment: Star agency (Score 1) 114

by Dunbal (#49398609) Attached to: DHS Wants Access To License-plate Tracking System, Again
The DHS, which has never caught a "terrorist" ever. At least before the fact. When passengers caught one after the fact (the "underwear bomber") and handed him over to the DHS, they claimed that "the system worked". It used to be that apologists could claim that there had been no terrorist attacks on the US since 9-11 and use that to support an argument that the DHS was a good thing. Well it's 2015, and there have been a few successful attacks now...

Have you ever noticed that the people who are always trying to tell you `there's a time for work and a time for play' never find the time for play?