Frankie and Benjy Mouse should be able to help with that.
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Re: Well the smoking gang...
2 side walls would class it as outdoors
Actually two complete walls class it as *indoors*. The wording is "50% or more", not "more than 50%". Generally smoking shelters have a missing panel in one of their remaining sides to make sure they're under the 50% limit.
Re: Jabba the Hutt in 1983’s Return of the Jedi
No, Jabba was always in RotJ along with slave bikini Leia. He was pasted into an extra scene in the original Star Wars though.
Re: What's the record?
The current hyperloop test tracks are short. Show me a steam train that can do 0 to 200km/h and back to 0 within 500m.
Visible pass after launch
If the launch goes off on schedule it ought to be possible to see the Dragon, second stage and solar panel covers go over the UK about 20 minutes later, weather permitting. There's an ISS pass about half an hour before launch that will give you an idea of where to look. On CRS-11, the first flight of this booster, the pass was videoed.
Weight, extra moving parts (you really don't want a wiper or brush to get stuck halfway across a panel) and I think the amount of dust collecting on the panels was one of the things that was quantified by Spirit and Opportunity. Previously the amount of dust expected was "some".
The plan is to run sub-orbital stuff like the Virgin Galactic Spaceship 2s out of wherever is chosen rather than orbital things.
CRS-13 has been pushed back to the 8th now, Iridium is on course for the 22nd/23rd from Vandenberg so the fairings problem looks like it is being managed. Zuma is likely to take precedence as a paying customer over the Heavy though so we'll probably not see the Heavy launch this year. https://spaceflightnow.com/launch-schedule/
And if everything goes smoothly we'll see four more boosters re-flying in the very near future with CRS-13, Iridium and the side boosters of the Heavy.
Has the feeling of something that wasn't there in one image, was for the next two and had gone again by the time the fourth image was taken. All they know is the event started after the first and before the second, and finished after the third but before the fourth.
Re: An eccentricity of 1.2 ...
Voyager 1 - 3.72, Voyager 2 - 6.28
Elliptical orbits to their Jupiter encounter, then a boost from each subsequent encounter.
Re: Rendevous with Rama
Morgan Freeman holds the rights and has been trying to get things moving for many years.
A MAMIL got convicted of furious cycling in Cambridge a while ago without fatalities, for some reason he'd decided the best time for "training" was middle of the night as night clubs kicked out.
Similar tale told about a Cattle Market back home. Customs and Excise turn up near the end of the day to dip Land Rover tanks looking for red diesel. First farmer comes out and starts a long argument with the C&E officers about how they don't need to test his tank. In the mean time everyone else hops into their Landie and depart, the parking area being a triangle of open space between a couple of roads with no fences or hedges there's no hope of delaying them. Finally exasperated C&E get an answer to their repeated question of why they don't need to dip the tank, "This one runs on petrol".
[In the UK fuel for agricultural machinery isn't taxed but mustn't be used in road vehicles, there's a red dye added to trace it]
Re: Oh noes
I'm ambidextrous with mice and tend to use them right handed at home and left handed at work. For a while in a previous job the other two developers were both left handed but one used a right hand mouse with standard buttons, the other used a left hand mouse with reversed buttons and I used left handed mouse with standard buttons. The mouse on servers was hardly ever in the right place when you needed to fiddle, but it was easy to tell who had been fiddling last.
Re: First post!
Mostly recycling old strips these days, I think the author had an attack of real life. There do seem to be the occasional new ones, or maybe it's just coincidental what goes around comes around.
Now I'm earworming the headline as a verse of "Hippopotamus" by Sparks...
Probably as intended...
Re: "They put their first rocket into orbit just nine years ago"
Technically they've only landed fourteen rockets in a row, it's just that two of them have landed twice.
"Sea of Glass" by Barry B Longyear mentions a "Shrine of the Why" where someone had asked an AI why it recommended a particular action (an assassination IIRC). The printout filled a very large room...
Re: Some intense dislike by the company of Tom Robinson, or an aversion to high speed roads?
On the contrary, "3, 5, 7, 9 double white line"...
Re: I would like to be the first to point out...
Or at the very least a Playmobil re-enactment, been a while since we've had one of those.
Get the medics to do it?
Removing things from a box without setting off the alarm sounds like the classic game "Operation" which the perpetrators of the incident should surely be well practiced at...
Re: There's an opportunity here
Quite common for RC aircraft/drone battery recharging. They're often rapidly recharged so even more danger of overheating and bursting in to flame.
The 1970s version of Ark Royal had similar clearance on its way out of Devonport dockyard. They always had to set out with just enough fuel and supplies to get clear of the breakwater, then load the rest of the fuel, food and so forth with the aircraft arriving as they headed out into the Atlantic.
The FCC approves usage over US territory, Ofcom will decide on use above the UK, similar agencies will decide for their own countries. ITU is, as you said, responsible for managing frequencies and not if operation is permitted over particular areas of the planet.
Re: Maybe Elon will help?
SpaceX are due to launch another ten Iridium satellites tomorrow (Sunday 25th) and have plans for their own LEO constellation.
Note this is just a write-up of the presentation Elon Musk gave at IAC in September last year. He has recently announced a follow-up is imminent and will focus more on paying for the project.
Progress has been made, the carbon fibre tank featured in the presentation has since been tested to destruction. It's not clear if the destruction was intended, but that's why you test such things.
Switzerland aren't included in this. The new regulations cover the EEA, which is the EU, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, but not the EFTA. There's still no regulation of charges calling to other EU/EEA countries when you're at home.
When I were an engineer working at a regional ITV station (back in the days when they actually existed) adverts did get vetted but the regulators only got to see the shooting script, not the finished product. This got us such items as the two apparently identical shower gel ads featuring the rear view of a young lady taking a shower outside a tent on the African Veldt. Turned out the difference was that in the first version run she twisted sideways enough to reveal a nipple, in the second version which got its first airing after the complaint was upheld she didn't. Both versions had been delivered to us at the same time...
The Soyuz has done its re-entry burn and is on the way down before it dumps the orbital and service modules so nothing gets to stay in orbit.
You're conflating two incidents in your last paragraph, the Chinese tested an anti-satellite weapon which resulted in a bunch of debris, and the Americans launched a load of copper needles in the 60s to see if they could create a reflective layer for long distance radio comms.
Delay if delayed
The reason for the possible two day delay if tonights launch doesn't happen is down to the departure of one of the Soyuz currently at the ISS being due to return with its crew on Friday.
Re: Hang on...
Thunderbirds was my first thought too
Elon Musk has five sons...
From discussion elsewhere... They guy is ex-military and his background had him expecting every component, no matter how small and trivial, to have its own serial number and detailed record of testing and use. SpaceX in common with a lot of similar industry only tracks to batch level and does appropriate representative testing. Interpreting, it seems like a statement along the lines of "This box of bolts has been tested" in SpaceX terms means "We've taken half a dozen at random and checked they meet spec" whereas in his terms anything other than "We have checked every single bolt in this box meets spec" is forgery.
Re: State protected entertainment
Show me anywhere else that produces anything remotely like "The Sky At Night".
It's in the CB1 Development around the Railway Station which is in the CB1 postcode. Microsoft are in the same area, handy for the Botanic Gardens at lunchtime but impossible to park. Not the best of areas to nip outside for a quick drone test either.
Re: When you think about it, isn't there a lot of obvious work to be done here?
In the mean time, the enemy deploys their drones which drop a grenade on every source of bluetooth signal...
No currently flying helicopter has the range to do a mid-air recovery of an engine pack from a Cape Canaveral launch if setting off from land. That means a support ship is going to be required on station, and it's going to need a big helicopter to carry the engine pack so it's going to be a big ship. Probably doesn't need to be quite as big as HMS Albion or HMS Bulwark, but that sort of sized flight deck will be needed to hold the helicopter and recovered engine pack.
Next flight but one
SpaceX has a Falcon 9 due to launch on Sunday, it's due for its static fire tonight after two postponements. Recycle the pad and SES-10 is up next. There's a ULA launch due, currently targetting the 14th, and if that slips again (should have launched last week) then it may affect the SES-10 launch.
Re: He has a point
Must dig out the soil moisture sensors I bought back in the autumn. Planning to use them with Wemos D1 Minis to deal with greenhouse watering and pumping water between rain butts. Cut down Arduino type things with onboard wifi so they can talk to each other.
Re: Someone's been in Silicon Valley too long
If only someone was planning on putting up a 4000+ high speed internet satellite fleet to provide global connectivity...
Re: Back in business
They have no plans to not try for a landing every time from now on, with the possible exception of Heavy centre cores. Barge landings for Iridium and Echostar, probable RTLS for CRS-10, and a barge for SES-10 which should also be the first reflight.
Re: Showing off?
If this being the first Pegasus launch in 3.5 years and only the sixth in the past decade makes it routine...
The low flight rate makes it a very expensive launcher.
I've seen it reported elsewhere that disabling "Fast Boot" makes things work again, speculation that something in the network stack doesn't get reset properly and the DHCP request is sent too soon.
Re: "plasma noise"?
"The ground" in this case would be the surface of Mars. Shuttles remained in touch during re-entry by relaying via the TDRS in geostaionary orbit above them. Mars Express and TGO were (hopefully) recording information from the lander for that reason.
Nah, W12 8QT. Let them hunt round the flats they've built there...
Re: VM junk mail
Indeed. I shred them first and add some ripped up Amazon cardboard on top. Nice cheerful fire in seconds.
"New Armstrong" was mentioned in the presentation.