wingod - 28/8/2007 2:20 PMQuotehektor - 1/3/2007 11:46 PMI think I remember there was still a fully integrated Athena flight model left at LM. Anybody can confirm ?Confirm. Blastoff was going to use it for their commercial mission and then defaulted on the payments.
hektor - 1/3/2007 11:46 PMI think I remember there was still a fully integrated Athena flight model left at LM. Anybody can confirm ?
pad rat - 8/3/2007 11:07 AM"Some"?!!! Falcon 9 is an EELV-class booster with over 30% more capacity than a 7920H to a reference LEO! That's why we were disappointed to hear about the Falcon 5 being shelved. It did a good job of hitting the Delta II sweet spot and competed with the K-1 for a lot of Delta II-class missions.
CFE - 1/9/2007 11:33 PMElon is very wise to say "The way to make a small fortune in the launch business is to start with a large fortune." Hopefully he will prove himself wrong by the time he's ready to cash out at SpaceX.
Minotaur, f**k yeah!
antonioe - 2/9/2007 9:31 AMQuoteCFE - 1/9/2007 11:33 PMElon is very wise to say "The way to make a small fortune in the launch business is to start with a large fortune." Hopefully he will prove himself wrong by the time he's ready to cash out at SpaceX.Actually, I heard DWT say that in the spring of 1986, but he said he was quoting somebody else (I believe Phil Culbertson, a NASA executive in those years). On what date did you hear Mr. Musk say that?QuoteMinotaur, f**k yeah!Could you be a bit more specific?
antonioe - 2/9/2007 7:31 AMQuoteMinotaur, f**k yeah!Could you be a bit more specific?
antonioe - 3/9/2007 12:34 AMOn the other hand, I know the script to "Dr. Strangelove" by heart...
I also have a set of 1980-vintage tapes of THHGTTG and a 1985 edition of the original script. I transcribed the tapes into mp3's and have them on a single CD which I sometimes play in my car's player driving to the office...
(*TRIPLE SIGH*) I may regret this bitterly, but OK, here it goes:
hmmm.. having some trouble uploading the image... is this the Supreme Being (Bill Gates) telling me I should *NOT* do this?
OK, OK - since the cat is out of the bag... That is indeed the F1 flight vehicle - this picture was taken April 2, the afternoon before the evening when we applied the decals (remember: we were going to fly on April 4, but then it started raining and we did not want to perform the first flight with precip so we delayed to the next day). Because of the B-52, Dr. Strangelove WAS Orbital's "official movie", so when DWT showed up with a ten-gallon hat, my first reaction was "Oh, No!", but he said "Oh, Yes!".The reason I'm holding the hat with my left hand (as opposed to Slim Pickings' right) is that I have a wristat on my right hand, with the cable draped behind me to a connection on the left side of the AIT (Assembly and Integration Trailer). Also hard to see is the purple antistatic mat that my butt is sitting on. More visible is the fact that I have my flight boots carefully turned away from the rocket's skin (after all, I'm sitting on 17MT of Ammonium Perchlorate and HTPB!!!)
Since that picture shows somebody with many pounds less and a lot more (and different color) hair, I can always claim that wasn't me.