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by Tom Ligon
Fri Jan 19, 2018 1:32 am
Forum: General
Topic: Sell The Whitehouse to Trump
Replies: 728
Views: 43275

Re: Sell The Whitehouse to Trump

Diogenes wrote:Or the buoyancy of his critic's empty heads.


Some of the people, all of the time.
by Tom Ligon
Thu Jan 18, 2018 2:37 pm
Forum: News
Topic: SpaceX News
Replies: 1999
Views: 194165

Re: SpaceX News

I've been wondering about that. We don't know what the payload was ... possibly a test of a re-entry system? But I don't want to speculate too hard ... If I guess right, they may have to kill me.
by Tom Ligon
Thu Jan 18, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Sell The Whitehouse to Trump
Replies: 728
Views: 43275

Re: Sell The Whitehouse to Trump

paperburn1 wrote:He is 260 plus if he is a pound. :D


You are not accounting for the buoyancy of hot air.
by Tom Ligon
Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: News
Topic: EMC2 news
Replies: 305
Views: 41752

Re: EMC2 news

As a beekeeper, I'm very aware of a goofy invention called the Flow Hive, that got something like $13M on Indiegogo. Their target had been a couple of hundred thousand.
by Tom Ligon
Tue Jan 09, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: News
Topic: SpaceX News
Replies: 1999
Views: 194165

Re: SpaceX News

At least with mechanical ejection systems, you can try again. With pyros you get one shot. I'm starting to understand why SpaceX hates pyros. The one time I've used pyros, they were fantastically expensive for what they are, hand-made specials with a long leadtime and difficult to ship. So there we...
by Tom Ligon
Mon Jan 08, 2018 1:11 am
Forum: News
Topic: SpaceX News
Replies: 1999
Views: 194165

Re: SpaceX News

The judges should have watched this one. No word yet on the second stage other than it was on its way and deployed its fairing. The first stage launch looked perfect, and as nearly as I can tell, a bullseye landing. This night stuff can be entertaining. Now, let's see that big sucker fly a car to Ma...
by Tom Ligon
Thu Jan 04, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Fission news(I know blasphemy )
Replies: 53
Views: 5356

Re: Fission news(I know blasphemy )

In our neck of the woods, we have an abundance of gas from fracking. The most recent powerplant to be built in our area is natural gas fired. This has, if I understand it, a mix of steam and gas turbines. The gas turbines are like turboprop engines ... can throttle up our down quickly. Compare this ...
by Tom Ligon
Sat Dec 30, 2017 4:54 pm
Forum: News
Topic: SpaceX News
Replies: 1999
Views: 194165

Re: SpaceX News

What a delightfully nutty concept, to launch a Tesla Roadster to Mars!

Though, when you get right down to it, it is probably the least expensive payload they've launched except for water.
by Tom Ligon
Sat Dec 30, 2017 3:05 pm
Forum: News
Topic: SpaceX News
Replies: 1999
Views: 194165

Re: SpaceX News

It is so tempting to take a short notice vacation and "visit my parents" in Eustice FL, "coincidentally" in time to see FH launch. ;) I won't be going. My wife definitely will not be going. We were nearby a few weeks back, taking a cruise from Port Canaveral, but there was nothi...
by Tom Ligon
Sat Dec 30, 2017 2:42 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Mark Duncan has passed ...
Replies: 5
Views: 459

Re: Mark Duncan has passed ...

Kiteman, I think it would be a good idea if you and anyone else so inclined could download and archive the library of Polywell-related documents on his website, just in case. I just heard back from his sister. I can't imagine the family would object to posting his material, particularly if done in h...
by Tom Ligon
Tue Dec 26, 2017 9:09 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Mark Duncan has passed ...
Replies: 5
Views: 459

Mark Duncan has passed ...

Mark Duncan, the fellow who cleaned up and posted many of Dr. Bussard's papers on his Askmar.com website, passed away on the evening of December 23, 2017. Mark did the Polywell an incalculable service by doing this. I have been sending people to his website for years. I have space on mine ... I supp...
by Tom Ligon
Fri Dec 15, 2017 9:00 pm
Forum: News
Topic: SpaceX News
Replies: 1999
Views: 194165

Re: SpaceX News

Apparently, all the used junk they flew today worked just fine!

There was no score from the judges on the landing. They slept thru it. We may have heard the last from them unless SpaceX can work in some amusing aerobatics.
by Tom Ligon
Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:03 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Unusual Looking Space Rock
Replies: 10
Views: 611

Re: Unusual Looking Space Rock

Now we're getting into "El Dorado" territory, a story I wrote after Dr. Bussard told me about his design for an Interstellar Ramjet Star Killer." The problem with that one is, by the time it was close enough to see, it would be right behind the light you were seeing, doing about 0.999...
by Tom Ligon
Thu Dec 14, 2017 5:00 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Unusual Looking Space Rock
Replies: 10
Views: 611

Re: Unusual Looking Space Rock

Definitely curious, but given that it's (1) tumbling, and (2) showing no sign of any sort of acceleration of its own, it's most likely a rock. Or if a spacecraft, a derelict. Alas, we're not in a position to send a probe after it. Picture what a stunning find it would be if we could examine an extr...
by Tom Ligon
Wed Dec 13, 2017 2:56 pm
Forum: News
Topic: EMC2 news
Replies: 305
Views: 41752

Re: EMC2 news

But LockMart has their own fusion program, and from what I can tell, it has things in common with the Polywells, although it is configured differently. So working with a Polywell truncated cube configuration would throw them off track. Besides which, WB7 apparently stubbornly refused to form true wi...

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