* Posts by nacnud

13 publicly visible posts • joined 1 Sep 2007

Google founders, James Cameron, go asteroid mining


Re: What resource?

It's true that everything in space can be found on Earth far more cheaply, but that is to overlook the one main difference between them. Stuff in space is IN SPACE. It would costs $$$ to put stuff in space, why not use stuff that is already there.

NASA wants to go to Mars but it takes lots of propellant to get there, it would be very handy if you could refuel in space rather than dragging it all up from Earth.

Paul Allen latest plan: Space rockets on MEGA PLANE


It’s the ability to launch to any orbit any time which is the real advantage of this system. It might be a bit cheaper but unless the rocket becomes reusable then there won’t me massive savings. Launching from the east cost means you could take use of all the ground processing at the cape, handy.

Explosive icon, would make a good boom.

Pricey Apple Thunderbolt cable inner chippery exposed


Future replace copper with fibre

Maybe in the future it would be possible to replace the 2m of copper with a longer fibre, just change the chippery for suitable alternatives. The connection to the pooter would remain electrical so there wouldn't be any need to change the port.

Also aren't electrical connections more resistant to dirt etc than optical ones.

Plasma space-drive aces efficiency numbers: Set for ISS in 2014


Not streamlined

The radiators are hiding from the radiation from the nuclear reactor (the grey tube with a x-on the end). It's more mass efficient to only make a small rad shield so the rest of the craft has to hide in the cone that's shielded.

MoD kit chief: Blighty unsure of supersonic stealth jumpjet


Go electric

The US in looking into electric rail gun type catapults, could these be used instead or would that also only be available in a nuke ship.

US airforce to launch robotic Space Shuttle 2.0 this year


No Euro spaceplane

Phoenix was a air dropped developmental vehicle, like the X-40 was. However it was supposed to be the predecessor to Hopper, a first stage sub orbital 'fly back booster' a very different beasty to the X-37B

/space geek

El Reg tells you what the Highway Code can't

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@Eponymous Cowherd

The money in Nottingham is going to be spent on extra tram routes. It may not make travel cheaper but it will up the capacity massively.

Apple grabs number-three US PC market slot

Jobs Horns

@ Giles Jones

Mac minis are £500, the lower spec one doesn't have a DVD burner :(

Firefox 3 Download Day falls flat on face


Works fine now.

El reg jumped the gun with the doom and gloom.

European manned spaceship design unveiled in Berlin


Lets do it!

@TeeCee The ATV based system would probably have the same ballistic fail-safe mode as the Soyuz and there is no room left on the Soyuz rocket to upgrade the Soyuz capsule so the Russian system would likely need a new rocket anyway. All the Euro system needs is the re-entry capsule and to man rate the Ariane 5 with abort sensors and escape system.

This seems like the most realistic option for a domestic Euronaut capability yet all without being beholden to the whims of Putin and Co.

Mines the one with the Nomex lining.

European manned spaceflight plan proposed

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Newer version of ATV Evolution?

The ATV Evolution study (esamultimedia.esa.int/docs/gsp/completed/C18303ExS.pdf) is a previous look at upgrading the ATV to a crew transfer vehicle as well as other capabilities.

It'd be nice not to a have to rely on the US and Russia now if only the UK would decide to build more than scalded up Big Traks...

Official: O2 and Carphone Warehouse to slash 8GB iPhone price


O2 wi-fi policy - no streaming video or VoIP

Data and Wi-Fi excessive usage policy

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Russia plans 2025 Moonbase, 2035 Mars shot


He3 is a economic myth

It is not only too expensive to go and get, let alone sift is out from all that moon dust, there isn't a power plant that could use the stuff, and probably never will be. It would make more sense to investigate Ploywell fusion first, see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polywell