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02-06-2020, 16:00   #556
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Bad news, it is the middle of 2020 right now!

"middle of 2020" != "middle of the 2020s"
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02-06-2020, 16:22   #557
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Bad news, it is the middle of 2020 right now!
It says middle of the 2020s. As in, the middle years of the next decade.
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just watched this again... next stop, Mars

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It says middle of the 2020s. As in, the middle years of the next decade.
2030's
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2030's
What??
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What??
He's right, the next decade is the 2030s. This current decade is the 2020s
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He's right, the next decade is the 2030s. This current decade is the 2020s
I think it was quiet clear what I was saying. He made an error with the first comment by claiming it was the middle of this year I was referring to and instead of acknowledging that he tried to score points. It would be best if we could be a bit more civil and discuss the topic at hand and not resort to cheap and unnecessary shots. Thanks.

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I think it was quiet clear what I was saying. He made an error with the first comment by claiming it was the middle of this year I was referring to and instead of acknowledging that he tried to score points. It would be best if we could be a bit more civil and discuss the topic at hand and not resort to cheap and unnecessary shots. Thanks.
What does it matter?? I misread the comment in the first place. Not sure where you are coming from everyone has been civil here.
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Some posters were asking how big the ISS is. I've watched this video several times over the years and it's great. You also get to see how cramped a Soyuz is at the very end.
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Ha that's a really nice one!
Did anyone manage to dock successfully with that simulator? I spent ages at it but just couldn't get it.
I got the target lined up with the cursor keys but couldnt figure out what button was needed to thrust it forwards, the space bar didnt do anything.
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I've had years of practice in KSP.
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I got the target lined up with the cursor keys but couldnt figure out what button was needed to thrust it forwards, the space bar didnt do anything.
Yeah I think that was my problem too. I'm no pilot!

I saw that Space X's heavy rocket exploded during a test last Friday too. Surely that'll put a big dent in the Mars/Artemis program? Kept out of the news too with all the hurrah about the Crew Dragon launch.
https://www.space.com/spacex-starshi...-explodes.html
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Surely that'll put a big dent in the Mars/Artemis program? Kept out of the news too with all the hurrah about the Crew Dragon launch.
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Not necessarily.
Explosions like this aren't exactly a failure or a setback when it's part of the testing program.
That's the purpose of the testing, to find weaknesses such as these.
The SN5, mentioned in that article will be finished in June, so that means at most a 4-6 week delay compared to still using SN4.
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Yes. SpaceX have a totally different ethos with Starship compared to others. Rapid prototyping and development will lead to failures of the test articles like this. SN5 is pretty much ready. SN6 is also stacking in the high bay and. Parts of SN7 are already around the complex.

'Rapid unscheduled disassemblies' are a hazard of the process. But not a huge deal. All the previous test articles had a similar enough fate. From Mark1 up to the last boom.
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Yeah I think that was my problem too. I'm no pilot!

I saw that Space X's heavy rocket exploded during a test last Friday too. Surely that'll put a big dent in the Mars/Artemis program? Kept out of the news too with all the hurrah about the Crew Dragon launch.
https://www.space.com/spacex-starshi...-explodes.html
Spacex have a completely different design philosophy to traditional aerospace development. They push the boundaries and rapidly learn from failures and implement improvements from what they learn. Their mantra is, if you're not failing in development then your not innovating or trying hard enough. I would bet they learned more from the SN4 test article exploding than if it didn't. They are already assembling the next 2 test articles and bits of the one after that on site.

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They comfortably beat Boeing to get the first commercial crew delivered to the ISS this week by having a much more agile and rapid development approach. This despite Boeing having decades head start of aerospace engineering experience.
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