They don't have nearly as much to offer if they can't do launches quickly. I'm sure they would make that a feature of their offering.
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In most legal systems, you can't just directly ignore a court order without it becoming a criminal case. Even if it wasn't criminal before, violating a court order is itself an offense.
They can carry about 110kg to LEO, compared to the Falcon 9's 13150kg. That's 0.84% of the payload capacity. A launch is estimated to cost $4 900 000, compared to the Falcon 9's $61 200 000. That's 8.01%. That means cost per mass to orbit is nearly an order of magnitude worse.
Yes, this is a really small rocket. If you are a government or some other entity that needs to put something small in orbit right away, the USD$5 Million price might not deter you, even though you could potentially launch a lot of small satellites on a Falcon 9 for less.
And it's a missile affordable by most small countries, if your payload can handle the re-entry on its own. Uh-oh.
These days, researchers are like journalists. Just call yourself one and you become one.
Has Microsoft ever offered any apologies for its past evils? If not, then why should anyone trust them now? If someone goes and trusts a company that has been well proven to be untrustworthy in the past, and another person avoids them awaiting evidence of remorse and reform, then which one is the idiot?
Every day is a spats day.
Microminiature accelerometers are really cheap and very very light, and you don't have to wait for them to spin up or deal with their mechanical issues. I doubt you will see a gyro used as a sensor any longer.
Similarly, computers make good active stabilization possible and steering your engine to stabilize is a lot lighter than having to add a big rotating mass.
When you last flew a jet somewhere, why wasn't it a seaplane? Surely such things would be an easier problem to solve than building airports.
Short of giving you the starter course in rocket engineering, I can only say no, it's not easier.
The booster can indeed make it back uprange to Kennedy Space Center, and they've leased a landing pad for it there. Besides the turn-around burn, they tilt the booster against the airstream and let aerodynamics push it back uprange during that 78 mile descent.
If there's one thing they should work on, it's not thrusters but having the capability to throttle to hover. That would potentially change the entire low approach. It is complicated by the fact that engine performance goes nonlinear in the low range.
Being a brain in a jar is so much more convenient though. No more itchy spots between the shoulder blades that you can't reach, no need to interrupt your MMO raid to go poop, no more getting kicked in the nads, no need to worry about bad hair days. Just relax in the soothing warm gel.
And in the future we may be able to reverse this decomposition and use all these corpsicles are slave labor for the rich and powerful.
I reject your reality and substitute my own.
I did a free weekend on it, but ultimately it did seem to get a bit old. It's designed for a cooperative team but I don't have many friends who play games (and even I'm not a big fan of shooters) and I definitely won't get a randomly picked team from online strangers who like to trash talk and teabag everything. On the other hand it didn't seem as lame as most generic shooters.