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Comment: A Space Pseudo-Program (Score 1) 95

by k6mfw (#48207721) Attached to: What It Took For SpaceX To Become a Serious Space Company
from Paul Spudis, "the Potemkin Village “commercial space program” is trotted out to demonstrate that we are accomplishing something."
http://www.spudislunarresource...
Well at least Elon had some hardware built instead of just PPTs. But some argue commercial space companies, "To be fair, probably about 25% of New Space does have some minimal substance, but over the past decade the clear majority of them have never amount to anything beyond a press conference where they make grandiose promises and then beg for money from investors and NASA."

Comment: Re:A potload of money (Score 1) 95

by k6mfw (#48207641) Attached to: What It Took For SpaceX To Become a Serious Space Company

You don't think the videos they sometimes release are real?

but do they show the good stuff? how about technie stuff but understandably they hold this back, proprietary info. SpaceX has been known to cut the live feed when something goes wrong. And the landing of Dream Chaser when landing gear failed they cut that part out but they claim the landing test was a success (if it's so great then why not show the vid?). I heard the craft did not tumble like the M2F2 (as shown on opening of Six Milllion Dollar Man) but if they're taking govt money (tax payer) then I cry foul when they do a Soviet Russia.

Comment: Re:A potload of money (Score 2) 95

by k6mfw (#48206135) Attached to: What It Took For SpaceX To Become a Serious Space Company
I asked someone that follows commercial space (he also invested some money into xcor) of how SpaceX, SNC, Scaled Composites, etc. have done something that should have been done decades ago. His reply was this is result of wealth inequality which a few billionaires can spend lots of money on something very dubious of making any profit. Reminded me what Donald Douglas (I think) answered how does one make a million dollars in airplane business, "start with 10 million" or some answer like that. Now there is all kinds of interpretations of what SpaceX does or does not, lots of articles, etc. We may not know the ***real*** answers until years from now (i.e. like it was not really known by most decades later how we beat the Soviets to the Moon). Also note none of us know what SpaceX does except what Elon says at press conferences.

Comment: Re:New science study uncovers something incredible (Score 1) 238

by k6mfw (#48190533) Attached to: Favorite clickbait hook?
Sometimes the article goes on and on with multiple webpages but occasionally someone will summarize the topic in a brief comment. Or mention the person that wrote the article gets almost all his consultant fees paid by Monsanto. Not always i.e. a comment begins with insightful items but then concludes, "I was able to make $100K in one week! See gogetbids.com for more!"

Comment: a self guided tour, now that would be my favorite (Score 1) 274

by k6mfw (#48187945) Attached to: The Largest Ship In the World Is Being Built In Korea
from TFA:

I was expecting a tour of the ship from someone who knew it inside and out – instead I was just told “here it is – off you go!”. “Er OK do you have a map?”. “No. The engine is that way, the bridge is that way. Have fun, and make sure you aren’t on board in 5 hours because the ship will be leaving for Russia.” So off I went

Comment: Re:Ho-lee-crap (Score 2) 274

by k6mfw (#48186677) Attached to: The Largest Ship In the World Is Being Built In Korea

True, but they weren't exactly built to last. They were built quickly. They had a tendency to break in two.

and transmission had only three settings: Forward, backward, and neutral. There was a pic showing one that broke in two because didn't spend time to engineer for steel contraction in very cold water. Must have been terrible when (if it did happen) at sea. Interesting comment from previous post, "Kaiser actually built one in four days in a carefully-choreographed stunt...two or three weeks was typical." Another benefit was Kaiser created employee health benefits as perk to attract workers. Companies did have to compete for employees in those days.

Comment: Re:Ho-lee-crap (Score 1) 274

by k6mfw (#48186577) Attached to: The Largest Ship In the World Is Being Built In Korea
Interesting to compare South Korea to North Korea (ok, not much in comparison as so vastly different). What we have is a small nation that is a manufacturing economic powerhouse. I heard when they built their high speed rail, part of govt specs is components have to be made in SK as final assembly may seem way to go in terms of providing jobs in the country. But most of value is the parts manufacturing, and US buys HSR components and systems from SK. I remember 1988 Olympics when SK showcased their modern city Seoul while NK insisted they were the superior Korea and attempted to complete Olympics facilities. However, I read someplace it was not always like that after 1953 Korean War. For couple decades NK had better roads, rails, infrastructure etc. that was built by Japanese during their period of occupation as NK was industrial portion and SK being mostly farmland. But it was in 1970s, while corruption was rampant, the SK govt figured they better modernize into 20th century. Now I don't claim to be authority, too lazy to look up the facts (if they can easily be found, I rarely consult wikipedia), but then building huge ships is impressive, just think of all those boatloads of cheep Chinese stuff coming into Los Angeles and Oakland.

Comment: Re:credibility of article is doubtful (Score 1) 566

by k6mfw (#48155131) Attached to: Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project
Interesting read about this Mk-54 (Davy Crockett) with 10 or 20 ton yield. There was a program on History Channel back when they had documentaries on history which described this beast and footage of it being fired. You fire the cannon (actually recoilless rifle) and then jump into a ditch to avoid radiation exposure. I was thinking what if cannon charge was a dud and only throws it 100 feet. One of the people they interviewed said Davy Crockett was "as practical as an atomic grenade." Can't throw it far enough.

Comment: Leonov was in Milpitas! (Score 1) 122

by k6mfw (#48133097) Attached to: First Man To Walk In Space Reveals How Mission Nearly Ended In Disaster
In late 1990s I think. I saw a small article in San Jose mercury news he had a table and some his artwork (yes this cosmonaut is an accomplished artist ) but most passerbys didn't recognize him. If I knew he was on tour I'd ask him to autograph my Apollo Soyuz poster. Arrg. Also few years ago one of his paintings and a photo of him showing it that was up for auction. Next year is his 50th anniversary of that spacewalk and 40th anniversary of Apollo Soyuz.

Comment: Re:The Russian space program was amazing (Score 4, Interesting) 122

by k6mfw (#48129997) Attached to: First Man To Walk In Space Reveals How Mission Nearly Ended In Disaster

If you see the Russian spacecraft, it's amazing how determined they were to compete, relatively successfully with the US space program,

James Harford in the 1997 book "Korolev" he interviewed several of Sergei Korolev colleages and one of them said when Kennedy announced the race to the Moon, the Soviets can either get in the race or not. They did neither. There were those in Politburo very interested in manned spaceflight, others that were not ("stop wasting resources with man in space which is only good for propaganda instead of actual military hardware). When Khrushchev was ":sent to Siberia" Korolev lost much support. He was able to proceed with Soyuz, N1 (he was also chief of many other programs) but their space program was not given all resources. So there was not enough resources for development and ground tests, N1 never had successful launch, Soyuz had it's growing pains and its first manned flight was a fatality.

I wonder if our space program is experiencing this "we're doing neither." No shortcuts are being taken in SLS and Orion development but there is no significant funding for landers and habitat modules. And where is US going? Moon, Mars, or an asteroid? Depends on who you talk to.

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