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by Skipjack
Fri Oct 03, 2008 8:09 pm
Forum: General
Topic: SpaceX finally reaches orbit
Replies: 12
Views: 4683

Hehe, yes, I found that a little premature as well. I think that proposal was born during the first euphoria of their recent achievement. Sure the euphoria was deserved, the proposal is a tad over the top though ;)
by Skipjack
Fri Oct 03, 2008 8:04 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Bose Condensate question
Replies: 6
Views: 2554

Welcome John!
New here too, good to see more people joining!
by Skipjack
Fri Oct 03, 2008 5:53 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Just noticed...
Replies: 11
Views: 3574

There is only one pub in graz that I know that was named after an american politician. It is called Obama! Does not really matter much, but is to funny to not mention. I dont think anyone would call his pub G.W. Bush, or even Clinton here. In case of calling it Bush, it might get him more trouble th...
by Skipjack
Fri Oct 03, 2008 5:32 pm
Forum: General
Topic: News thread political tangent
Replies: 30
Views: 9939

Guess it is always very hard for us europeans (even those that have been to the US often like me) to realize how incredibly big the US is and how much open land there naturally is too. Austria has a 3 times higher population density than the US and then most of our country is covered by high mountai...
by Skipjack
Fri Oct 03, 2008 5:16 pm
Forum: News
Topic: ITER vs the Stone Axe
Replies: 52
Views: 17001

65% is not net power and I will go and call the guy up if I have to, because I am very, very sure that they achieved net power for a very, very short time. That was the sensation about it back then, I am very sure that I am not wrong here. I think I will call my friend up now and ask him for confirm...
by Skipjack
Fri Oct 03, 2008 1:22 pm
Forum: General
Topic: News thread political tangent
Replies: 30
Views: 9939

I dont care about the birds and I dont know about how problematic it is to use farmland arround a windfarm (I guess you can, but I never bothered to check that). But, you do need to deforrest land for them if you run out of farmland to put them on (not every farmer will want to lease his land to win...
by Skipjack
Fri Oct 03, 2008 2:32 am
Forum: General
Topic: Just noticed...
Replies: 11
Views: 3574

Just noticed...

...that this board got very quiet during the (future) vice presidential debate... So who on this board was watching it? I am not asking for your political opinion here. I am just curious who was watching, since me as an Austrian (though married to a wonderful woman from the US) was actually staying ...
by Skipjack
Thu Oct 02, 2008 11:40 pm
Forum: General
Topic: NASA's Next 50 Years
Replies: 36
Views: 9502

Yeah, one might use a light bulb principle gas core nuclear reactor for higher efficiency. I read some people were theorizing with this a while ago. I also assume that one could improve solid core reactor based NERVA propulsion systems even more more with todays tech. After all most of the testhardw...
by Skipjack
Thu Oct 02, 2008 11:26 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Dr Nebel and Long's current employment status?
Replies: 17
Views: 8693

Not sure what the question is, but the German word for plasma is Plasma, if that was the question.
So no strange name correlation here ;)
by Skipjack
Thu Oct 02, 2008 9:31 pm
Forum: General
Topic: NASA's Next 50 Years
Replies: 36
Views: 9502

I think they should have overlooked the political implications and used nuclear propulsion systems (NERVA or improved NERVA) for shuttles that go from LEO to lunar orbit (and later from LEO to mars). The biggest problem of course would still be getting into LEO. I would not mind using NERVA propulsi...
by Skipjack
Thu Oct 02, 2008 9:23 pm
Forum: History
Topic: Question for EMC2 crew: Please describe the data embargo.
Replies: 26
Views: 24879

Wow, I would consider this a very fair contract. If it is true, I lift my hat to the navy (is that the right way to say that phrase?). It is very exciting technology and it is worth a lot. The Navy is taking a risk with that money and investing it into this research and all they ask in return is to ...
by Skipjack
Thu Oct 02, 2008 9:06 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Dr Nebel and Long's current employment status?
Replies: 17
Views: 8693

No, but "Nebel" is the German word for "fog" or "mist".
Now dont get confused now, because the German word "Mist" means manure or also garbage in English ;)
So parents resist the temptation to call your doughters Misty ;)
by Skipjack
Thu Oct 02, 2008 6:31 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Dr Nebel and Long's current employment status?
Replies: 17
Views: 8693

Dr Nebel, thanks for the reply on everything. It is very appreciated. So no unexpected delays in anything. Thats at least good to know and I think it will keep people calmed for a while... well telling from previous threads, I would say for about 2 days or so ;) I know that German names are still co...
by Skipjack
Thu Oct 02, 2008 5:06 pm
Forum: News
Topic: ITER vs the Stone Axe
Replies: 52
Views: 17001

Yeah, my friend from back when (he used to work at JET before he went to ITER), told me soon after they started working on ITER, that one of their biggest challanges will be in material sciences. This Tokamak and the environment created in it, is just going to be a challenge for any material. JET di...
by Skipjack
Thu Oct 02, 2008 4:51 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Dr Nebel and Long's current employment status?
Replies: 17
Views: 8693

Dr. Nebel (do I sense a German heritage here?), can you at least give the people here some releave with at least a perspective on when you believe you will get a notification on when you will be allowed to lift the data- embargo? So no, I am not asking when we will get information, but I just want t...