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  1. #51
    Registered: Feb 2002
    Location: In the flesh.
    This is a fairly comprehensive explanation of the building of Artemis 1 and the history of the various pieces. I like it because it includes the whys and functions of the parts and the tests being done as well.

    I know it's been a disappointment as far as taking off so far but it's a bit more understandable after this video. This isn't like the old solid rocket fuel Apollo first section, which was less complicated, but wouldn't be practical for a launch from the moon one day.

    Here is another video which explains the "Frankenstien" nature of it's design.

    Last edited by Tocky; 5th Sep 2022 at 11:49. Reason: whoa strange edit: it made another whole post

  2. #52
    Registered: Jun 2007
    Location: New Zealand
    Hey Tockster

    Maybe you follow this writer already but Eric Berger on Ars Tecnicha follows the space industry & writes some pretty well researched, insightful articles.

    Hopefully you get a launch soon

  3. #53
    Registered: Aug 2002
    Location: Point Nemo
    I watched a random Tiktok today talking about the experimental O2 generator on the Mars rover. I think being able to eventually produce liquid O2 on Mars would make missions much more robust, especially if humans can leave and come back to Earth or move further outward.

  4. #54
    Registered: Feb 2002
    Location: In the flesh.
    I saw a piece on that. It worked. It amazes me what they come up with. Of course they are paid to think these things up all day but I can't help but think they feel the excitement of what they are contributing to. They know they are like an ant with one grain of dirt to tack to the mound and it's getting us one bit closer.

    And yeah, Eric Berger loves this shit like I do only he has the education to understand and explain it.

    When you think about it a rocket engine is just the funneling of a sustained explosion. It sounds much simpler in those terms eh? But what we will need for the gap between solar systems is nuclear. Can anyone think of anything other than that energy over the blank distance? I can't. Unless the Enterprise was right.

    Oh and launch has been pushed back till Sept. 27th.
    Last edited by Tocky; 13th Sep 2022 at 23:33. Reason: has anyone else had wonky choppy internet lately?

  5. #55
    Registered: Feb 2002
    Location: In the flesh.
    At 1:47 AM the four engines and two boosters fired and restarted the exploration of our nearest celestial neighbor. I wish I could have been there but that isn't what is important. What is important is that we don't quit, that we never quit, that we persevere and prevail. I'll see the next one. The next will have more thrust and real people on it.

    It must have been grand though. 8.8 million pounds of thrust. They say it lit the place up like daylight.

  6. #56
    Registered: Jan 2003
    Location: NeoTokyo
    That was awe inspiring. It's a really nice thing to see these days.

  7. #57
    Registered: Sep 2001
    Location: Land of the crazy
    When I watched the launch, I couldn't help thinking about the opportunity cost. I'm just not feeling the enthusiasm like I did for the early space shuttle launches, or the interplanetary missions, or Hubble, or JWST. I was excited about the prospect of my kids seeing humans on the Moon during their childhood, and drawing some inspiration from it. But that was when the date was 2024. Assuming the trend of schedule delays continues, we're probably looking at 2028+ which kind of misses their window of interest.

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