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chalsall 2020-11-15 21:21

[QUOTE=Uncwilly;563324]I had the feed running before they went live.[/QUOTE]

Yeah... Me too. Like, four hours ahead of the feed going live I gave permission for local audio broadcast.

I have them muted at the moment (I personally can't deal with side-channel audio), but I drop into the video and text feed every twenty minutes or so to see what's going down (or, should that be, up...).

We live in extraordinary times.

Let's enjoy the ups, and manage the downs... :smile:

kladner 2020-11-15 21:40

I hope everything is copacetic this time. :smile:

Uncwilly 2020-11-15 21:53

SpaceX normally does a mission control audio only channel for it's launches.
Today's is:

chalsall 2020-11-15 22:02

[QUOTE=kladner;563336]I hope everything is copacetic this time. :smile:[/QUOTE]

Seriously... When I grow up I want to be Musk.

Disagree with his breeding policies, but until he burns himself out he's doing some cool shit.

firejuggler 2020-11-30 17:31

ESA ([SIZE=2]Europe's Space Agency) Is Spending $103 Million to Remove a Single Piece of Space Junk[/SIZE]

[SIZE=2]At ESA’s [URL=""]Space19+[/URL] Ministerial Council, ministers granted ESA the funding[/SIZE]
[SIZE=2] to place a service contract with a commercial provider for the safe removal[/SIZE]
[SIZE=2] of an inactive object from low Earth orbit. Following a competitive process, an[/SIZE]
[SIZE=2] industrial team led by [URL=""]ClearSpace[/URL] SA – a spin-off company of the[/SIZE]
[SIZE=2] Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne ([URL=""]EPFL[/URL]) – was invited to submit[/SIZE]
[SIZE=2] the final proposal. With this contract signature, a critical milestone for[/SIZE]
[SIZE=2] establishing a new commercial sector in space will be achieved. Purchasing[/SIZE]
[SIZE=2] the mission in an end-to-end service contract, rather than developing an ESA-defined[/SIZE]
[SIZE=2] spacecraft for in-house operation, represents a new way for ESA to do business. ESA[/SIZE]
[SIZE=2] is purchasing the initial mission and contributing key expertise, as part of the Active[/SIZE]
[SIZE=2] Debris Removal/ In-Orbit Servicing project (ADRIOS) within ESA’s Space Safety[/SIZE]
[SIZE=2] Programme. ClearSpace SA will raise the remainder of the mission cost through commercial investors.[/SIZE]

diep 2020-11-30 18:15

[QUOTE=firejuggler;564845]ESA ([SIZE=2]Europe's Space Agency Is Spending) $103 Million to Remove a Single Piece of Space Junk[/SIZE]

Money well spent. It's possible some years ago they suddenly saw so called 'debris' or junk in space actively move - hidden military satellites - designed to sabotage other satellites. With this you can clean up such debris and if it appears an enemy satellite cloaking it's a good catch.

Nick 2020-11-30 18:19

[QUOTE=firejuggler;564845]ESA ([SIZE=2]Europe's Space Agency Is Spending) $103 Million to Remove a Single Piece of Space Junk[/SIZE]
I thought it was going to be one of the big letters circling the globe that spell out "UNIVERSAL"...

Uncwilly 2020-11-30 18:53

This would be a good test mission for [URL=""]VASIMR[/URL]

Dr Sardonicus 2020-11-30 18:57

[QUOTE=firejuggler;564845]ESA ([SIZE=2]Europe's Space Agency) Is Spending $103 Million to Remove a Single Piece of Space Junk[/SIZE]
This has been in the works for some time. See [url=]this post[/url] for a pertinent link.

Huh. Wrapping size tags around a web address prevents the Forum software from wrapping url tags around it. I had no idea. Good to know!


diep 2020-11-30 19:42

[QUOTE=Uncwilly;564857]This would be a good test mission for [URL=""]VASIMR[/URL][/QUOTE]

Wikipedia not too optimistic about VASIMR. How comes?


James Heinrich 2020-12-09 20:08

[QUOTE=KEP;565793]... Now time to watch some SpaceX and hopefully a 12.5KM hop for starship :smile:[/QUOTE]Did they reschedule that?

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