Remind me again, why doing this crazy rocket landing is better than using a parachute recovery like the shuttle boosters did?
This is what chicken hitting an engine looks like. The engine effectively explodes. The engine gets a "passing" grade in such a test as long as the blades flying out of the explosion are contained by the enclosure and don't immediately destroy the rest of the plane. If you think this is a minor event, you're deluding yourself.
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the problem is that the world is awash in surplus capacity at every turn
If you'd tried hailing a cab on a street in Boston, I bet you'd be singing a different tune.
When? Way before they figured out if they scare everyone with ISIS, they'll get even more resources.
They never made it to orbit. The projects were canceled
Which was my exact point!
btw., layering all your answers with personal insults really makes you sound like an expert!
You'd say that if you knew nothing of the early American space program. Of course, having demonstrated no knowledge of that history your opinion on the matter is pretty much worthless.
Perhaps you know of some secret space plane that went into orbit before Apollo, but this would be news for the rest of the world. So cite or STFU.
Space planes were actually the preferred method of getting to space before the Apollo program.
Considering that no space plane actually went into orbit until the Space Shuttle, the space plane must have been the preferred method for getting into space in the same way that teleportation is preferred now.
Sure, monopoly is bad, but I'd much rather have a monopoly that has to listen to the votes rather the one that doesn't.
We all now know that money==speech, so in fact it's a first amendment issue
Whoa, that's messed up!
Whipping up a few lame PHP scripts, leaving all the logs, using real name, your own static IP and a personal Dropbox account?! Is that what cuts for a hacker these days? With a million dollar payoff? I am starting to think I am not optimizing my earnings potential
They'd have to buy an AWFUL lot of cable services to do that.
No. They would instead invest into the company and then shove AWFUL service down your throat to turn profit.
DevOps is a niche. Get over it.