"For small payloads, SpaceX is definitely not the cheapest option."
Unless the payload is ridesharing. It doesn't eliminate the small payload launch segment but significantly shrinks it.
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We live in a neighborhood with 430 homes. Each day my wife and I go out and walk for an hour, covering 3.2 miles. Usually we see 5 to 8 people out walking. We've walked at different times but haven't noticed an increase of people at certain times. And we haven't noticed a jump in the number of people walking from last year.
How is this maximizing shareholder value?
How is excessive executive pay, huge bonuses, and gigantic golden parachutes maximizing shareholder value, especially when the company is poorly managed?
Maximizing shareholder value: One rule for you, another rule for me. Suckers!
Extensive automation could have the effect of reducing the globalization of trade. One of the drivers of globalization is cheap labor. If labor costs are slashed through extensive automation then other costs, such as transportation or energy could drive where items are produced.
"maybe they should move their headquarters to a place where the cost of living is REASONABLE?"
There are places like that. As an example, The area near Salt Lake City has the nickname of "Silicon Slopes". (Slopes for all the fantastic skiing in that area).
Back in the mid 1980's we had a pdp 11/73 running TSX+, a multiuser version of RT-11. There was a text editor that would exit after being idle for a length of time, and would print out a message stating something along the lines of "timeout - execution ended". So I wrote a little program in Fortran (the only language available on the machine) to scan for that text string and replace it with something like "ERROR - CPU Meltdown!". Scared the crap out of one of the users......
Net Neutrality was killed. At the Federal level. Sort of.
But there are lawsuits going on about the killing, and until the lawsuits are settled or thrown out it is in the best interests of the ISPs to tread softly. And various states have or will have laws that ban or severely discourage ISPs to violate net neutrality. If the ISPs moved to take full advantage of the killing of net neutrality, more states would enact net neutrality laws. This patchwork of state laws is far more detrimental to the ISPs than a single Federal law so the old saying of "Be careful for what you wish for" is coming back to haunt them.
As I understand it, every 4-5 lbs added to the booster takes away 1 lb from the payload. If you try to recover the second stage, every lb added to the second stage takes away 1 lb from the payload. Since the fairings are ejected very early in the second stage engine firing, any weight added to the the farings for recovery would decrease the payload with a slightly higher penalty than added weight to the booster.
"The papers describe the observations of 1,327 nearby stars, fast radio bursts, and pulsar searches."
There are around 200,000,000,000 stars in the Milky Way. If there is a one in a million chance of a star having a planet with an advanced civilization, the chance for success with 1,327 stars would be around 0.13%. Conversely, there could be 200,000 advanced civilizations in the Milky Way.....
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