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Engineering / Re: Interesting stuff about SpaceX Starship (hate the name)
« Last post by Nemesis on April 15, 2023, 08:19:32 am »
The FAA has issues the launch license for next week with the primary day being April 17th.  SpaceX has installed the flight termination system which would seem to indicate that they expect the launch.  The license covers at least Monday to Friday to allow for "slippage".

Apparently the 2nd stage will not attempt the vertical "ocean landing" but will do a belly flop horizontal impact, heat shield down.  Curious.  Hope we get video of both landings and an explanation.  It could be to ensure a breakup so no one else can recover it or just to find out how much of an impact it can survive.

Indicators are that the 2nd stage is going to be given 3 more vacuum engines sooner than expected and be lengthened to about 60-61 meters.  What this will do for payload and/or general performance is an unanswered question.

So looks like it should REALLY happen this time or at least VERY soon. 
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Engineering / Re: Interesting stuff about SpaceX Starship (hate the name)
« Last post by Nemesis on April 10, 2023, 10:46:13 am »
Since Virgin orbits failed launch they have entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.  Not a liquidation (yet) but pretty bad. 

Virgin Galactic (the space tourism company derived from Spaceship One) is NOT affected (at least directly) by the Virgin Orbit problems.  But it has been a long time since their one passenger flight so it is worrisome. 

ULA is looking for a buyer.  Also not looking good.

Boeing is looking to take a large loss on "Starliner". 

One Web on the other hand has completed the first stage of their constellation (after multiple brushes with total failure).

Vulcan Centaur 1st launch is now "June" and Starliner "July" for 1st manned launch.
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Engineering / Re: Interesting stuff about SpaceX Starship (hate the name)
« Last post by Nemesis on April 08, 2023, 08:31:16 pm »
Not cargo carrying but it will be a full launch with the potential to achieve a successful reentry and both stages are to attempt a "water landing" like the Falcon 9 had to successfully do before the first recovery.  A full load of engines and presumably fuel and a heat shield on the 2nd stage.  Maybe even Starlink for communications.  It is the last one using hydraulic gymabling the next launch will use electric.  So it is a full launch but it can reasonably be termed a "test article" too.
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Engineering / Re: Interesting stuff about SpaceX Starship (hate the name)
« Last post by Starfox1701 on April 08, 2023, 12:20:34 pm »
And this is a completed ship or another test article?
 
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Engineering / Re: Interesting stuff about SpaceX Starship (hate the name)
« Last post by Nemesis on April 08, 2023, 09:36:10 am »
Once again there is a date for Starship 1st launch the 17th.  Now will it or won't it?
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General Starfleet Command Forum / Re: OPplus411 - upscaled textures
« Last post by d4v1ks on April 05, 2023, 05:59:33 pm »
A BFT encoder\decoder for the ones with patience to enhance\fix the SFC2OP fonts.

Link to the original post:  https://hotandspicyforums.com/bft-encoder-decoder-t42425.html
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General Starfleet Command Forum / Re: OPplus411 - upscaled textures
« Last post by FPF-DieHard on April 05, 2023, 02:21:24 pm »
Where da white women at?

Somebody dig up Dizzy so we can do Slave Girls 2023.
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General Starfleet Command Forum / Re: OPplus411 - upscaled textures
« Last post by FireSoul on April 04, 2023, 08:52:02 pm »
Luc, when 1000's of hours of other folks' work are described as "mangling" or are implied to be neglectful or myopic, don't be surprised to receive less than admiration in a subsequent comment. And I'll leave it at that.

Anyways, I have AI behavior to work on. The K-D6M's education is underway...

You're right. I should not have done that.

However, I thought this was a completed conversation that didn't need to be resurrected.
In addition, I put in thousands of hours in SFC too.  You need to understand my position as well.

Do us all a favour and let's go back to "this is past now".

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General Starfleet Command Forum / Re: OPplus411 - upscaled textures
« Last post by TarMinyatur on April 04, 2023, 10:34:26 am »
Luc, when 1000's of hours of other folks' work are described as "mangling" or are implied to be neglectful or myopic, don't be surprised to receive less than admiration in a subsequent comment. And I'll leave it at that.

Anyways, I have AI behavior to work on. The K-D6M's education is underway... 
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Engineering / Re: Interesting stuff about SpaceX Starship (hate the name)
« Last post by Nemesis on April 03, 2023, 09:29:22 am »
Terran 1 did fly.  The 2nd stage engine didn't do a full run so the flight did not achieve orbit.

The New Shepard failure has now had an explanation.  Engineering changes allowed too much heat in streaks to affect the engine bell resulting in a failure. 

Blue Origin claims that some would be passengers want to use the abort engine for "extra thrills" but they said no. 
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