thinks he'll be able to wring out some amazingly fat government subsidies
“SpaceX no doubt has some brilliant ideas about Mars. But who will pay?”
From the Ars Technica article:
“He’s made a lot of money from NASA over the years, and now he may be about to effectively tell NASA that they’ve had their head up their ass for a long time about how to go to Mars, that this is how we’re going to do it, and you’re going to pay. I don’t know how well that is going to be received.”
My personal take is humans to Mars is a fantasy, perpetuated by an old dated Manifest Destiny. I see no huge landrush to the Gobi Desert even though it’s a thousand times easier to settle. Reason it is barren, inhospitable (except for a few hardened individuals). We romanticized about Mars because it is so far away (and will always be 20 years away from putting a man on Mars like fusion power is always 10 years away).
three main airports around NYC to Manhattan.
I'm thinking of back in the days they had civilian Chinook helicopters providing service to and from the Pan Am building, at least what I remember seeing in the 1960s Clint Eastwood movie "Coogan's Bluff." I always thought that would be cool to take off and land on top of that building. Maybe it just doesn't financially work out (Pan Am no longer exists, and I've not seen that model of helicopter used for passenger service). I was in NYC in 1990s, landed at JFK, got on shuttle bus to downtown hotel and accepted that this will be a very long ride (about 2 hours!). While poking along at avg 2 mph, I see a police station and thinking how do these guys get anywhere quickly Code 3?
Back in 1970s there was helicopter air service from and to LAX, helo was a variation of the Bell 47 (pilot in front, three passenger seats behind). It was featured in Flying magazine as "The fastest way around Los Angeles is in the slowest thing flying."
Yes, someone posted on youtube, "stop complaining, it worked for me." I asked if a 2.5mm drill bit will work as I have 2.5mm earphone, someone replied he doesn't see why it would not. However, I can't really check if these internet posts are true because I don't have an iPhone7.
Speaking of fables, I would like to see what happens if someone tried charging their phone in microwave oven.
orbiting workshop for research on scientific matters
Skylab gave us lots of insight of space station occupancy from dealing with bone/muscle loss, designing crew quarters with vertical references, preparing daily task lists that are not so nitpicky on details.
I remember news clips (yep, I'm that old) of various people entering in bomb shelters. In 1979, Air and Space magazine (or some other well known magazine) had a drawing showing structural ring and large water cylinders descending on a sleepy midwest town (oh the horror of Skylab is falling, Skylab is falling).
$10,000 prize to the first person to deliver a piece of Skylab debris
I remember that, the debris wasn't much, looked like charcoal briquits. I remember after STS-1 launch and missing tiles on the OMS pods, same SF newspaper offered a prize for first person to deliver a missing tile or portion. Columnist wrote, "We blew the bank on the Skylab prize so this award will be only one dollar."
possible to own a piece of Skylab debris today.
This reminds me I do own a piece of Skylab! A poster I bought from NSS as part of their fundraising campaigns is a Skylab poster with a one inch square of the O2 or water tank insulation. It's somewhere along with my stack of papers and posters of all kinds of various stuff (much of what I forgot).
We've yet to even return a human being on the Moon! What is with Mars? Yes it is interesting geological place but why live there? I don't see a huge land rush to settle the Gobi Desert even though it is a thousand times easier to settle there than Mars. Reason of no land rush is because it is a barren inhospitable place because it is obvious there is no good reason to live there. We only romanticize about Mars because it is so far away.
And then there is the phrase, "once you're in orbit, you're halfway to anywhere." Yeah right but I sure don't see much of anything that went beyond GEO, except for a very small number of spacecraft (all guvmint expenditures) compared to LEO/GEO. I think it is ***very difficult*** to get out of earth orbit, I'm no expert with Tsiolkovsky rocket equation or fully studied "Fundamentals of Astrodynamics" by Mueller, Bate, White but I think there are huge challenges such as need high ISP and a lot of fuel to achieve escape velocity. Then need to deal with radiation, consumables, and be able to fix things when they break (no Progress or Soyuz that can quickly respond).
Yes SpaceX has made great strides though in comparison US and Russia have slowed down. Recovering first stages provide interesting option but in the big picture can it all scale up? Apollo was a single mission only, Shuttle was very expensive and very tedious, Russia's equipment has its issues.
oh just usual bitching on the forums for me.
Besides Uber rants, wasn't there a time when ***only*** yellow cabs were allowed for taxis? I remember in 1990s traveling to NYC particularly at airport there were signs that only yellow cabs are allowed taxis, everyone else is forbidden so don't jump into those cabs.
Was it back in 1970s that cabbies were able to make a lot of money? Kind of like waitresses back then when they didn't have to declare tips as taxable income? Though the movie is fiction, watching Taxi Driver few months ago what stood out was the character was making a lot of money spending all his awake time on the road. In reality was it like that back in the days? Few other items that caught my interest was in beginning where Robert DeNiro character interviews for a cab driver job, manager asks for a chauffeur license which he has (I'm wonder that is something just don't simply get at a moments notice but maybe thats too much to explain in the movie). Another was the manager was reluctant to hire DeNiro but when asked about military service, DeNiro replied Marines Corps. Manager, "yeah, I was also in the Marines." (in other words, "You're hired!")
there is also this "cab medallions" worth big bucks. I could never figure this out, it seems everyone has strong opinions but little knowledge (typical of internet posts). It seems it has mythical aspects like what is said back in the days of tax rates at 94% but nobody ever paid that amount because in reality there were loopholes.
But the first goal is to maximize commission-able revenue.
Give me a sales guy who knows my needs and systems, and can recommend solutions that will make my job easier, I will keep their email and phone # handy. Another real plus is being honest to recommend a product I'm not aware of instead of something I was first seeking but it was more expensive. Oh, and cut the show promoter, game show host, or Amway sales pitch technique.
... every one of them says they don't have quotas,
I asked a cousin, deputy sheriff, about quotas, he said there are none. He then said there are days where he gets one call after another, no time to stop and give someone a ticket (unless it is a gross violation) because he has to respond to calls. Then there are slow days with not much happening, supervisor will look at activity logs of long periods of no calls and might question lack of patrol activity. Cousin said it's real easy to rack up lots of tickets (lots of drivers committing violations).
HELP!!!! I'm being held prisoner in /usr/games/lib!