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NASA Inspector General Lobs Big Rocks At Agency's Asteroid Hunting Program 35

Posted by samzenpus
from the money-spent dept.
coondoggie writes Lack of money, management structure and staff are hampering NASA's ability to effectively identify and track comets, meteorites and asteroids that might threaten Earth. The space agency's Inspector General, Paul Martin, issued a scathing report this week that said while NASA's Near Earth Object program has done substantial work in identifying the sometimes massive rocks hurtling around the planet it is substantially behind in its goal of cataloging 90% of those 140 meters in diameter by 2020, among other issues.

ULA and Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin Announce Rocket Engine Partnership 19

Posted by samzenpus
from the working-together dept.
An anonymous reader writes During an event at the National Press Club, Bezos announced an agreement with Blue Origin and United Launch Alliance, the joint venture of Boeing and Lockheed Martin, to continue development of a new rocket engine for ULA's Atlas and Delta rocket lines. From the article: "Called BE-4, the engine has been in the works at Blue Origin for three years and is currently in testing at the company's West Texas facilities. ULA, founded in 2006, has supplied rockets to the US Department of Defense and NASA and will now co-fund the BE-4 project to accelerate its completion. The agreement is for a four-year development process with testing slated for 2016 and flight in 2019."

Comment: what a lazy jerk (Score 4, Funny) 140

by Thud457 (#47882941) Attached to: Accused Ottawa Cyberbully Facing 181 Charges Apologizes
pheh! what a piker, you mean to tell me me didn't convert a bulldozer into an improvised tank, rampage across town and knock down city hall?![1]
Hell, he couldn't even bother enough to steal a tank.[2]

[1,2] Both of these things actually happened. And they weren't even in Florida. Look it up.

Comment: when someone asks you if you're a god... (Score 1) 368

by Thud457 (#47871231) Attached to: Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

If you get that kind of cash you can do anything you're able to imagine. Anything.

You SERIOUSLY underestimate my imagination Junior.
Hell, if you can build a laser big enough to carve "Chairface Chippendale is a doodoohead" on the moon, you're just starting to get warm.

Numeric stability is probably not all that important when you're guessing.