That's a bit disappointing. I thought it might be this one.
Crew-1, the first ever four-passenger flight to the International Space Station (ISS) and also the first time NASA has formally used a commercial craft to carry astronauts, has docked safely. The craft brought Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker and Soichi Noguchi to the ISS. Noguchi was the last to emerge from Crew …
I really can't wait for the advent of truly commercial space tourism. Just think how wonderful it will be to have a hen night / stag party in micro gravity - all that vomit and piss floating about! (shudders, eeewww!). Mind you, a brawl breaking out between punters could be really hilarious to watch!
Yes, I had to go hunting to find footage of the booster landing and nobody mentioned if it did or didn't succeed.
That's the best bit!
Shame it wasn't a KSC landing - that is something else if you are nearby.... double sonic booms shake the ground!
Robert A. Heinlein in The Man Who sold The Moon. Published 1950.
The technical problems are solvable with money and talent. To solve the tougher financial problems, Harriman exploits commercial and political rivalries. He implies to the Moka-Coka company, for example, that rival soft drink maker 6+ plans to turn the Moon into a massive billboard, using a rocket to scatter black dust on the surface in patterns. To an anti-Communist associate, he suggests that the Russians may print the hammer and sickle across the face of the Moon if they get to it first. To a television network, he offers the Moon as a reliable and uncensorable broadcasting station.
Laugh while you can. Monkey Boy!
Several years back (I had hair!), I met an engineer (moonlighting as a "conceptual artist") who had done fairly detailed preliminary designs to use a de-comissioned solar power setup in the desert (lots of steerable mirrors to concentrate sunlight on a tower-mounted boiler) and a servoed mirror to draw simple shapes on the moon, and had a potential customer.
That customer bailed out after being reminded that they did a lot of manufacturing in places where desecrating the moon might affect relations with the host countries.
This was related to me after I mentioned "pong on the moon", a little stunt involving a 2.5 second delay (about 150 samples, but I think we cheated with 128) in the control inputs to an "homage" to the classic game. No Lunar features were harmed in this production, but it was darn hard to play.
That wouldn't work well with the laws of optics. The beam you get from refracting and/or reflecting sunlight will always spread out at least the angular diameter of the Sun, about ½°, or just about as wide as the Moon itself. Unless you stop down the aperture that actually hits the mirror, in which case the beam will be narrower, but with power reduced by the square of the aperture reduction. Or, to put it another way, from a given facility, any point on the Moon could never see the beam having a surface brightness brighter than the Sun, so to double the incoming radiation, you'd have to have a facility about the size of the Moon (coincidentally, in this case; really, needs to be the angular size of the Sun, which, from the Moon, makes it about Moon-sized) reflecting at the Moon from its entire surface, about 2,000 miles across. That's a pretty tall order.
I wonder how far they got into the planning before this came up?
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