* Posts by Vulch

484 posts • joined 28 May 2008


NASA's Human Spaceflight boss hits eject a week before SpaceX crew launch


Did or didn't

Elsewhere speculation is split between him having rejected proposals from Boeing for both Lunar Gateway resupply and the Lunar Lander and them leaning on people, or for having included the Blue Origin bid for the Lander and the Orange One getting upset because Bezos is so supportive of the White House occupant.

Baby Diesel? Little d'Artagnan? There is another child of Musk in the world


If he'd read the script

As a billionaire heavily invested in space he ought to be calling this one Walter or Donald as he'd already have used Scott, Virgil, Gordon, John and Alan.

NASA signs deals to put a rocket under Artemis flights until 2029


Re: They

But that's why it's so much cheaper than developing everything from scratch would be!


SpaceX's Elon Musk high on success after counting '420' Starlinks in orbit and Frosty the Starship survives cryo test


Re: This may be a really obvious question.

Guesses have said $80 a month, Elon has mentioned $90 recently. Aimed at anyone with no sensible broadband.

Airbus and Rolls-Royce hit eject on hybrid-electric airliner testbed after E-Fan X project fails to get off the ground


2.5MW would make a respectable railway locomotive by the look of it.

Apollo 13 set off into space 50 years ago today. An ignored change order ensured it did not make it to the Moon...



Strictly speaking it was Apollos 15 and 19 were the second batch of cancellations, with 16-18 being renumbered to become 15-17. In the original schedule Apollo 16 was going to be the first to carry an LRV so the less capable all-walking version of 15 was the one that got the chop.

Could WFH web traffic topple a Brit telco? Pfff, scoff operators. This has nothing on Liverpool v Everton streaming



IT Admins/support group concensus on tickets for VPN problems seems to be "Are you using wifi? Yes? Then I'm closing this ticket, open a new one if you're still having problems with a wired connection".

Lots of interference with everyone, their kids and their dog all trying to use wireless connections in multiple adjacent premises on a limied number of channels.

Brit MPs, US senators ramp up pressure on UK.gov to switch off that green-light for Huawei 5G gear


Around then the smart money was actually on a war with the USA with them having used Ireland as a pretext to start something.

Bloodhound gang handles the pan again to get back to Hakskeenpan


On the other hand the Black Arrow launched Prospero into LEO using concentrated Hydrogen Peroxide as one propellant component without killing anyone.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's a flying solar panel: BAE Systems' satellite alternative makes maiden flight in Oz


You'll be needing more mass in orbit to give the equivalent performance for things like photo reconnaisance, much further away means bigger and heavier optics. A satellite in LEO can't loiter over the area of interest either so you'll need more satellites for equivalent coverage.

Ancient Ore Crusher or KillBot 2000? NASA gets ready to pick a name for its Mars 2020 Rover


Re: Marvin

Is that better or worse than an earth shattering kaboom?

Big Falcon explosion as SpaceX successfully demos Crew Dragon abort systems


Re: "given that the rocket is lost during the test anyway?"

They're going to use both systems so there's redundancy in case of a problem with one.

Greetings from the future where it's all pole-dancing robots and Pokemon passports


Re: But the drones!

atmosphere is too thin for drones anyway

They're working on it.

The Register disappears up its own fundament with a Y2K prank to make a BOFH's grinchy heart swell with pride


Even the BOFH was a PFY once.

Happy Artemis Day everybody! NASA preps its monster rocket for testing


Also SpaceX

Falcon 9 launch in the early hours of the morning sent a comsat on its way to GEO. The first stage made its landng on Of Course I Still Love You, but both fairing catchers (first time two have tried, last launch they both set out but had to return to port because of weather) narrowly missed.

Wham, bam, thank you scram button: Now we have to go all MacGyver on the server room


Re: Dont have your machine room at the top of a building

In the early 80s the computer centre of what's now University of Bangor was moving from its home in the old MANWEB maintenance base to a shiny new purpose based building with lots of equally shiny new kit. Commissioning started with the aircon being fired up for the first time which proved its effectiveness by coating everything with a fine layer of cement dust from the open bag that had been left in a duct by the builders. I'd graduated by then, but several friends landed summer holiday jobs cleaning it out again.

Brewing in spaaaaace: SpaceX sends a malting kit to the International Space Station


Re: Prelude to Mars

It's not exactly a micro-brewer running these experiments...

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Talking a Blue Streak: The ambitious, quiet waste of the Spadeadam Rocket Establishment


Suspect they've been swapped, 24m is just short of 80ft.

ZTE Nubia Z20: It's £499. It's a great phone. Buy it. Or don't. We don't care


Re: I am from Gdańsk and I beg for help

Also, Kiwi in this context is a brand of shoe polish rather than an antipodean flightless bird.

Two astronauts conduct a successful spacewalk, world+dog lose minds


Re: Sorry Richard, you blew it

Strictly speaking they don't have any complete suits in a particular size on the station. What they have is a number of space suit parts in different sizes that can be combined to produce the best fit for any given astronaut. It takes time to swap bits round, in particular to move the life support bits from one torso unit to another. In the previous spacewalk it was decided to change who would be going outside rather than spend the several crew days required to build the different sized suit.

NASA Administrator upends the scorn bucket on Elon Musk's Starship spurtings


Something has been nagging me about the look of Starship

Last night I realised, the design is based on Fireball XL-5.

India's Chandrayaan-2 and Vikram lander split amicably above Moon, SpaceX hops over Texas


Re: One Lunar Day?

Temperature. The Chinese lander and rover use radio-isotope heaters to keep warm overnight, along with more insulation. It's all weight and the main purpose of this mission is just to land successfully and prove the technology. Expect longer surface life next time.

New British Army psyops unit fires rebrandogun, smoke clears to reveal... I'm sorry, Dave...


Re: Hmm, seems I've seen this somewhere else ..

Shame they put a General in charge. If they'd gone for a Brigadier they could have called in UNified Intelligence Taskforce.

Oz watchdog claims Samsung's leak-proof phones ad campaign doesn't hold water


Re: Galaxy S7 owner

I got myself an S7 Active for Ingressing in the rain after my S6 objected to a few damp 8-rolls. Has a tendency to zoom right in as raindrops hit and run down the screen but lets you finish the banner. Also has a 50% bigger battery giving you longer to find a suitable tree or shop awning to shelter undder while you try and persuade it the USB port is dry enough to use. Downside, only officially sold via AT&T in the states so grey import and the additional crap is less useable than usual.

She's just a Cosmic Girl but UK.gov is dangling £20m to have Beardy Branson's 747 launch satellites from Cornwall


Possibly being seen by the county as a way to help Newquay Airport to stay open. With Plymouth Airport currently shut the next nearest is Exeter.

Rocket Lab picks up the pace while SpaceX sends a Dragon to the Space Station


Re: Kudos for mentioning Iron Sky

40 years ago was the 80s, not the 60s! The current suits were designed alongside the Shuttle and although the design is that old, the actual items in use were manufactured more recently. There has been a need for new components for a while as the old ones wear out and are taken out of service, but not enough in the budget for everything needed.

Julian Assange jailed for 50 weeks over Ecuador embassy bail-jumping


Re: @Len After 50 weeks

According to the extradition treaty the USA can not bring additional charges once they've got hold of him, what's in the request is it. Additionally the UK will not extradite for capital crimes unless a guarantee is made that the death penalty will not be invoked. Yes, the USA could ignore both of those conditions, provided they are willing to never have an extradition request go through again.

Last week in space: Giant aircraft, asteroid impacts and exploding satellites


Re: Stratolaunch

UFO resupplied Moonbase using a Lunar Module launched (and recovered IIRC) from a large carrier aircraft. Got to keep the purple wigs amply supplied.

Just the small matter of the bill for scrapping Blighty's old nuclear submarines: It's £7.5bn


Re: Wow.

It is an aircraft carrier, HMS Prince of Wales. Second of the pair due to be operating F-35-Bs at some point when there's enough of them flying.


Appoint Chris Grayling as Minister for Disposing of Nuclear Submarines and we should be able to get through all of them before anyone spots the pattern.

Mind you, half of them would probably miss the Russian ships, and the US Navy, French Navy (we tried once with them already, score draw) and Isle of Wight might spot it...

Champagne corks undocked as SpaceX brings the Crew Dragon back to Earth


Spot the Canberra

The chase aircraft NASA used to provide the imagery from aquisition to the drogue chutes opening was a WB-57, a heavily modified example of the English Electric Canberra built in the USA. One of three still operated by NASA 70 years after the first examples flew.

Meizu ditched hole-free phone because it was 'just the marketing team messing about', not because no one really gave a toss


Re: Deal...

And with a decent sized bezel so you can actually carry the thing round (OK, so I play Ingress) in your hand without continually triggering accidental touches on the screen.

SpaceX Crew Dragon: Launched and docked. Now, about that splashdown...


Re: Landing

With that being the 35th landing and the 69th Falcon 9 launch, it has now reached the point of more than half the launches have had the first stage land again.

There are two Heavy launches planned for the imminent future, the first one for Arabsat 6A is due to be the next flight from LC-39A so needs the base of the TEL to be reconfigured. The second is a test flight for the US Air Force expected to fly 6 to 8 weeks after the first using the same set of three first stage cores.

How do you solve a problem like Galileo? With a strap-on L-band payload, of course!


Re: Hirzon angles??

we could make the sticks from Meccano

Made in France these days, you'll be needing an import licence.


Re: Hirzon angles??

Incoming munitions tend to have quite a good view of the sky, by the time they get to cities it's boom time...

Pokemon No! Good news: You can now ban the virtual pests, er, pets to stop nerds wandering around your property


Re: And the Rest of the World?

It's not relevant to Ingress because it doesn't have critters spawning randomly around the area, and being on private residential property is already a no-no for new portals and grounds for swift removal of any remaining legacy portals. As far as I'm aware, no-one outside Niantic has any idea of how the Potter games mechanics will work.

If you want a vision of the future, imagine not a boot stamping on a face, but keystroke logging on govt contractors' PCs


They should talk to HMRC

About unintended consequences.

Granddaddy of the DIY repair generation John Haynes has loosened his last nut



I always tried to have two copies of the manual. One stayed in the house so I could have a quick read through before I started and the other was the garage copy that got covered in oil and eventually disintegrated. I think I got through 4 copies of the Morris Minor guide over the years...

Hey, UK.gov: If you truly spunked £45k on 1,300 Brexit deal print-outs, you're absolute mugs


Re: What about profit?

Not sure what margins are in the printing business

They're the blank space to the left and right of the text, but that's not important right now...

Clever girl: SpaceX's Mars-bound Raptor engine looks like it works just fine


Re: Green

The flight engines are supposed to be using spark ignition rather than the TEA-TEB mix used on the Merlins. Tests of the prototype Raptors have used TEA-TEB though, so the spark igniton may still be coming Soon (TM).

The D in SystemD stands for Dammmit... Security holes found in much-adored Linux toolkit


Re: Never trusted SystemD

It's a classic case of "Something must be done. This is something, therefore it must be done".

Oz cops investigating screams of 'why don't you die?' find bloke in battle with spider


Spiders: Permitted sizes

A spider can be any size across provided, and this is important, it is no thicker than a coat of paint.

A few reasons why cops haven't immediately shot down London Gatwick airport drone menace


Gatwick is a big place

The airport perimeter is something like 10km long. How many shotguns/hunter drones/nets/eagles/whatever are you going to need to deploy to cover that?

Falcon 9 gets its feet wet as SpaceX notch up two more launch successes


Re: How do you launch 64 satellites from a single rocket?

It was something like four slightly larger satellites deployed from the second stage, then three dispensers with a varying number on each separated. The three dispensers then released thier satellites over the next half hour or so. Because of the orbit the various separations were out of range of ground stations so no video.

Millennials 'horrify' their neighbours with knob-shaped lights display


Re: Apparently flamingos and unicorns also

*End* of November? Luxury!

Pulses quicken at NASA as SpaceX gets closer to crewed launches and Russia readies the next Soyuz


NASA may have been pushed into the inspections according to a tweet from Eric Berger last week.

Doctors join wombats in sh!tting bricks to help parents relax about kids chowing down on Lego


...Or a 16 pin DIL TTL chip which has the ability to become more firmly attached to the underside of your foot for several steps.

Busy week for ISS as Russia resumes flights and vies for parking spaces with NASA


Re: The ISS is getting short of parking spots

Although the new Russian docking ports will only be used by Soyuz and Progress. Dragon, Cygnus and HTV currently are berthed at CBM ports. The new crew capsules from SpaceX and Boeing will use the IDA ports.

Rocket Labs mean business, Brits stick pin in Mars map, and Japan celebrates HTV-7’s dive into the atmosphere


Re: Hippy-friendly hybrid-electric rocket motors

The pumps use a number of battery packs and as each one is depleted it is jettisoned, lightening the load.

Roughly 30 years after its birth at UK's Acorn Computers, RISC OS 5 is going open source


Re: Eproms?

You need to watch the address bus width. The ARM processors used by Acorn, including the StrongARM, used 27 bits (I think, getting on for 20 years since I left Acorn) of the notional 32. More recent versions use the whole 32 and I think RISC OS 4 and 5 are intended for the full width architecture. It may or may not be possible to build for the older architecture.



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