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by stevend
Tue Apr 23, 2013 1:15 pm
Forum: SpaceX
Topic: Grasshopper takes a hop
Replies: 11
Views: 13963

[quote=""Rhyshaelkan""]Note the tilt of the rocket while hovering. Must have been bucking a bit of a breeze.[/quote] Looks like there was wind. This from Elon's tweet: "Grasshopper rocket flies up 250m, holds against wind and lands. Vid taken from our hexacopter." https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status...
by stevend
Wed Feb 20, 2013 1:47 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Golden Spike to the Moon?
Replies: 15
Views: 74518

In the denverpost.com article they very clearly state what the purpose of the crowdfunding is for: "the company wanted to do something meaningful and symbolic" "If you cannot connect to pop culture, you are irrelevant" "is as much about shoring up public engagement as it is about the money" "believe...
by stevend
Thu Oct 25, 2012 1:00 pm
Forum: Moon bases and lunar materials utilization
Topic: Astrobotic's Polaris - Polar lunar rover
Replies: 23
Views: 28097

[quote=""stevend""] But are those off-the-shelf things: - light enough On the moon, yes. [/QUOTE] By "light enough" I meant to launch to the moon using a Falcon 9, which is what Astobotic is scheduled to use. The chassis for their Polaris rover is carbon fibre. Can you buy an off-the-shelf carbon fi...
by stevend
Thu Oct 18, 2012 4:56 pm
Forum: Moon bases and lunar materials utilization
Topic: Astrobotic's Polaris - Polar lunar rover
Replies: 23
Views: 28097

[quote=""RaresH""]I do have to agree with my colleagues Joe and Brendan. It seems a waste of time and energy to redesign a mobile platform with better performing equivalents already on the market.[/quote] But are those off-the-shelf things: - light enough - able to handle the temperature extremes - ...
by stevend
Thu Oct 18, 2012 1:04 pm
Forum: Moon bases and lunar materials utilization
Topic: Astrobotic's Polaris - Polar lunar rover
Replies: 23
Views: 28097

Polaris (prototype) time-lapse assembly video:

http://astrobotic.net/2012/10/17/polari ... -timelapse

-Steve
by stevend
Mon Oct 08, 2012 11:54 pm
Forum: SpaceX
Topic: SpaceX Falcon 9 launch 10/7/2012
Replies: 4
Views: 7668

This impresses me more than the whole flight: http://www.spacex.com/press.php?page=20121008 "Approximately one minute and 19 seconds into last night's launch, the Falcon 9 rocket detected an anomaly on one first stage engine. Initial data suggests that one of the rocket's nine Merlin engines, Engine...
by stevend
Mon Sep 17, 2012 1:18 pm
Forum: Moon bases and lunar materials utilization
Topic: Astrobotic's Polaris - Polar lunar rover
Replies: 23
Views: 28097

Details on Astrobotics' Polaris lunar rover construction: http://astrobotic.net/2012/09/04/beginning-of-polaris-build http://astrobotic.net/2012/09/13/update-polaris-build-with-completed-shoulders You can see more tech update entries off their main page: http://astrobotic.net With all those chains a...
by stevend
Tue Aug 28, 2012 12:36 pm
Forum: General PERMANENT topics and new discussions
Topic: Crowdfunding
Replies: 46
Views: 226644

[quote=""Sam Fraser""]I get more and more hopeful and enthusiastic about crowd-funding of "garage space" projects when I read stories like this: Lunar Space Elevator Kickstarter is over double its $8000 goal. The Lunar space elevator kickstarter is over $16,000 and still increasing. The Kickstarter ...
by stevend
Thu Jun 21, 2012 5:22 pm
Forum: General PERMANENT topics and new discussions
Topic: Crowdfunding
Replies: 46
Views: 226644

Planetary Resources is getting in on kickstarter, but first they're polling people for ideas for pledge levels: http://www.planetaryresources.com/2012/06/back-us-on-kickstarter/ So they're creating interest before starting the kickstarter and trying to make sure the gifts will actually be of value. ...
by stevend
Sat Jun 16, 2012 12:50 pm
Forum: Economic, legal and political issues
Topic: Cis-lunar Companies
Replies: 6
Views: 10282

[quote=""JohnHunt""]Astrobotic - Clearly one of the leads in the GLXP competition. Technologically advanced, good funding. From a university (In Boston?). I don't know about Any follow-on plans that they might have. [/quote] I'll try replying again. My first one disappeared. (I suspect someone thoug...