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Comment Re:More junk? (Score 1) 75

It's not just an issue of decay. 4600 satellites, in what I would have to assume will be a lot of different orbit causes a big risk of conjunctions (that's close approaches, within the margin or error of your known orbits, so risk of possibly hitting). Guess what happens when two objects moving at 17000 mph hit each-other. They are going to have and cause others to have a lot of debris avoidance maneuvers.

Comment Re:More worries over technical competence (Score 1) 71

You clearly have never paid attention to the space industry in your life. Launch delays happen. They can't control the weather, they can't control an idiot boater, and I'd rather they make sure a mechanical problem on the launch vehicle doesn't cause a mission failure by making sure its fixed before lighting it up.

Comment Re:Why (Score 2) 166

Let's get this factually correct at least: USAF awarded United Launch Alliance (ULA), a partnership between Boeing and Lockheed, a no-bid contract on 36 rockets. Of those, some will be an Atlas-V (Lockheed Made) , and some will be a Delta-IV (Boeing made). Only the Atlas uses the Russian made Engine (called an RD-180 over here), the rest of that rocket is made here. The Delta uses an different engine (RS-68), which is made here. This injunction would prevent buying only engines and only for the Atlas first stage.
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3 Drinks a Day Keeps the Doctor Away 470

Nzimmer911 writes "Heavy drinkers outlive non-drinkers according to a 20 years study following 1,824 people. From the article: 'But a new paper in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research suggests that - for reasons that aren't entirely clear - abstaining from alcohol does actually tend to increase one's risk of dying even when you exclude former drinkers. The most shocking part? Abstainers' mortality rates are higher than those of heavy drinkers.'"

Comment Re:Taurus XL (Score 3, Insightful) 325

Taurus was probably chosen because it was cheaper than the Delta II (since the satellite didn't need the full capacity of a Delta II), was available, and fit the mission profile. It has had 5 or 6 successful launches, including launches for the Air Force/NRO, so it was a proven vehicle before this. The A-train constellation (which OCO was going to join) is a high inclination orbit (98.2 degrees), so Vandenberg was used for the launch site.

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