So now we have two (or four) Schiaparelli craters on Mars
NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has sent home fresh snaps of debris from the European Space Agency's (ESA's) failed Schiaparelli lander, offering a few more hints about what went wrong. The image below shows the failed lander's front heatshield, parachute and rear heathshield. The ESA says it's confident the image …
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What are you even talking about?
This is likely to be something in the ballpark of MISRA C. Or some Ada derivative.
When I orbited the general vicinity of the Galileo Software Development Gas Giant, these - and assembler - were the only ones listed as allowed in high-assurance cases. It's been some time though. Today, it is likely there is use of Esterel and/or Lustre for adequate descriptions.
You may jest but I have long suspected ESA has been perfecting orbital weapons. Even mission 'successes' get pancaked at the end to see what happens.
Just wait, the 2020 mission is going to be an orbital cannon with a payload robust enough to survive terminal velocity. No need for that drill if you can 'land' beneath the surface.
Anon because their on to me!
"Just wait, the 2020 mission is going to be an orbital cannon with a payload robust enough to survive terminal velocity. No need for that drill if you can 'land' beneath the surface."
Funny you should mention that:
"You may jest but I have long suspected ESA has been perfecting orbital weapons. Even mission 'successes' get pancaked at the end to see what happens."
Maybe they are just salting the surface with various potentially useful "stuff" in case a future manned mission goes wrong and some poor bugger gets left behind and needs various spare parts?
Can't see why anyone is having trouble with this. Extra craters or discoloration? It's very simple. The Martians, in self-defense, fired a volley of SAMs at the intruder. Unfortunately, some of them were defective and exploded on launch scattering bits of burning fuel and oxidizer. Extra craters and discoloration explained! Despite this setback, they did kill the invader, though, which is something we should think about before trying to invade their homeland again.
I'll be back in just a minute. I can feel that the government people are starting up the rays again. Need to get my tinfoil hat on.
As in all types of engineering, it's astonishing how much it's possible to learn from a good failure. And the better the failure, the more interesting / fun it is!
(Differentiation between "interesting" and "fun" is largely determined by whether there were lives lost during the failure. Therefore this one is very firmly on the "fun" side).
"Someone get Metric and Imperial Units mixed up again?"
You may jest, but thankfully, all our launches will use someone else's rocket for the foreseeable future, and they will dictate that we use metric units.
Heaven help us if engineers end up having to use "British" units again. I'd expect that any engineer in the UK under the age of 53 would struggle, given that they should have spent their time since starting at secondary school using metric units.
I'm not that old yet, but if I never have to perform a calculation involving "British Thermal Units" again, I can die happy.
Since my Mears radiator sizing calculator is Imperial (and I'm not about to spend several tens of squids on a new metric one) I for one am grateful that rads are still specified in both kW and BTU - saves wasting time on the conversion after the sizing.
Some of us old farts do still use, and think in the old units as well as the new. Unlike kids of today who can only think? in one system.
Some of us still remember cgs units.
We need a getting old icon.
"any engineer in the UK under the age of 53 would struggle, given that they should have spent their time since starting at secondary school using metric units."
FWIW, I'm 54 and we were using metric units in infant school. So certainly by age 7 and before moving up to junior school and then secondary school I have a vague recollection that we started with inches and then also did metric later so either there was a national or local LEA curriculum change at that time, 1968/69 thereabouts.
Ah, just googled a bit. Teaching the metric system wasn't compulsory until 1974. I was in secondary school by then and I'm pretty sure that in maths, physics, chemistry and biology, it was SI units all the way anyway.
"Hey, Grxlyknurrr, see this ad on the pan-galactic tat bazaar? Think it's for real?"
"Only 3 Hard Money Units? Well, this may be an artifact of an underdeveloped retardo civiization, possibly simian. I would say go for it. We could make some money reselling it to Hoornnooool's "Museum of Curiosities", she needs some good stuff to rekindle visitors' interest."
Yeah and US led coalition went into territory other countries had called Serbia and carved a new country out of it and nobody bothered to piss them off. Oh, and Ukraine too has some territories they got gifted with by the Soviets but I doubt they would like to remember about it.
So this kind of things are considered moral or immoral depending on who's doing it, the righteous West or the barbaric East. It's nothing new, it has been like this for the past centuries.
I'd like to add that I'm not a native of any of the countries mentioned here, Russia included.
All this talk about "maffs", as my teacher lithpilly saith reminds me of two of my favourite sayings of his:
1. Do NOT use the quadratic equation formula all the time as it's like "getting the air force to shoot down a fly", and,
2 An erg is the amount of energy a fly uses doing a push-up
Happy memories from 1967 Mr Cajetan. BTW he was also a good billiards player who delighted using geometry to calculate angles for canons.
Do they still make teachers like that, I wonder?
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