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Starfleet Command Models / Re: Looking for missing FoaS_XC models
« Last post by Starfox1701 on January 08, 2024, 01:32:49 pm »
I have a bunch of fighter and bomber models ready for release but I'm having trouble stating them in the Fighter text document. How do I setup dogfight drones and type III drones? also does SFC have K-torps?
 
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Engineering / Re: Interesting stuff about SpaceX Starship (hate the name)
« Last post by Nemesis on December 30, 2023, 12:24:18 pm »
SpaceX has had 98 launches in 2023, short of their planned 100.  This last  Falcon Heavy launch blocked several planned Falcon 9 with all its delays tying up the rocket transporter that takes weeks to readjust to and from the Falcon Heavy configuration.  Still VERY impressive especially with most of them being already flown boosters.  They plan 140 launches next year, whether that will be reduced if Starship goes into operation with its higher payload I wouldn't try to predict.

Currently looks like the 3rd Starship (SN28 and BN10) will be in March.  They just (within hours of each other) did a single engine static fire for SN28 and a 33 engine static fire for BN10, both successful tests.  SN28 has had test opening and closing of the cargo slot so this one seems to be planning to be launched without welding it closed.  The question is will it have any Starlink 2 satellites (or even mass simulators for them) when the launch occurs?

Vulcan has slipped to January 8th with the 2nd not till April where it is planned to carry Dreamchaser, the Sierra Nevada mini shuttle.  Proving my prediction that they wouldn't launch multiple Vulcans in quick succession after the 1st launch without at least a month or two to analyze data from the prior launch successful or not.

New Glenn is now only showing 1 launch and that in August, 3rd year in a row cancelling their late December debut launch again as I expected.  The other 2024 launches no longer show up on the schedule I'm using.

I have seen one unsubstantiated claim that Blue Origin may buy ULA.  If so and assuming that BE-4 and Vulcan work it would finally give them orbital capability but knowing Bezos he would start calling the history of ULA and all the companies that went into them as  Blue Origin history.  I hate it when companies do that. 

2024 ought to be eventful in the Space industry especially if all the planned new vehicles become functional.  Starship, Vulcan, New Glenn, Arianne 6 and several others in various stages as boosters.  The Starliner capsule if it works and isn't cancelled as a white elephant.  Dreamchaser for cargo to and from orbit and the ISS with the potential in the future to be manned.  Who knows what the Chinese and Indians will do as well?   There are some fairly novel things in the works. 

HAPPY NEW YEAR! to all. 
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Engineering / Re: Interesting stuff about SpaceX Starship (hate the name)
« Last post by Nemesis on December 27, 2023, 10:07:19 pm »
The booster used for Crew Demo for the first SpaceX manned mission to the ISS recently flew and landed its 19th mission.  On the way back to port under heavy seas (10-20' waves) it toppled and broke in 2.  R.I.P..

Engines are expected to be salvaged.

UPDATE:  Nothing much really but apparently since this on was built 3 1/2 years ago they have added automatic leveling to let them handle waves better so a newer unit might have survived.
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Engineering / Re: Interesting stuff about SpaceX Starship (hate the name)
« Last post by Nemesis on December 23, 2023, 12:09:29 pm »
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Starfleet Command Models / Re: Looking for missing FoaS_XC models
« Last post by Starfox1701 on December 17, 2023, 04:03:14 pm »
@everyone I am sorry for summoning everyone this Sunday but I have a personal emergency. I need to raise some quick money to keep my lights on and my mom who has been helping us while I'm out of work is broke. My cash app is $starfox1701 and will welcome any amount. I need to at least get to $30  to make a payment on the online system. If you cant give that's fine pass this on and I hope you are all blessed today.
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Starfleet Command Models / Re: Looking for missing FoaS_XC models
« Last post by Starfox1701 on December 10, 2023, 04:21:22 pm »
Need a readme templete for ship and fighter releases. Any one have one?
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Ten Forward / The UAP Disclosure Act 0f 2023
« Last post by Lono on December 06, 2023, 03:20:28 pm »
So with the final passage of the UAP Disclosure Act 0f 2023 (occuring now in the house) it looks like we shall finally get an answer to the Fermi paradox.

https://thehill.com/policy/defense/4337149-house-lawmakers-demand-transparency-from-leaders-on-uap-amendments-inclusion-in-defense-bill/

Quite a time to be alive!  8)
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Ten Forward / Re: What madness has this year driven you to do?
« Last post by Lono on December 06, 2023, 03:15:44 pm »
Awesome! Glad you are both getting some game on again in the real world!

I think my buying frenzy is finally at an end and, with my health somewhat improved, I should finally be able to get to some game meets again.

(Now just need to win the lottery so I can have the time to properly dive into my extensive book\board game\video game collections.)

Thankfully I will soon be able to use the majority of my "shelf of shame" as a lending library for gifted kids through the non-profit I run on the side.
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Ten Forward / Re: What madness has this year driven you to do?
« Last post by Panzergranate on December 04, 2023, 06:09:24 pm »
We the big Christmas SDMS club game is on Sunday 10th December and it's a wild west all against all shoot out. I don't know what rules it'll be played under, but I usually survive 3/4's of the way through these sort of games.

I've had my son staying for a few weeks and we played Panzergranate WW2 in 20mm. with a friend at the local wargaming café venue, on a couple of Sunday afternoons.

Panzergranate WW2 makes Rapid Fire look crap & slow, plus is more technically accurate regarding anti-tank weapons.

I also played a big SDMS club Black Powder Napoleonic French versus the Austrians, in November, with the visiting guest Worthing Wargames Club. I was on the heavily outnumbered Austrian side.
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Engineering / Re: Interesting stuff about SpaceX Starship (hate the name)
« Last post by Nemesis on December 03, 2023, 04:55:43 pm »
Amazon is being sued by a major stockholder over the Kuiper launch contract.  SpaceX wasn't asked for a bid and there was (allegedly) little or no oversight about Bezos as head of Amazon being involved on the bids for Amazon AND for Blue Origin.  Allegedly it was because of his "rivalry" with Musk that SpaceX wasn't asked to bid.  The lawsuit claims that not letting SpaceX bid cost 100s of Millions of $$. 

Amazon has now signed a deal with SpaceX for 3 launches beginning in mid 2025.  A token contract so far. 

I recently saw an article that Blue Origin was planning to begin to build a integration building for New Glenn and a manufacturing facility for BE-4 engines.  PLANNING only so far.  They have been PLANNING December launches of New Glenn for 3 years so far and orbital launches in general for 23+ years. 

What are the odds they can have the integration building ready for August 2024?  How about having the manufacturing facility up and running in time to make all the required engines?  I have severe doubts.
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