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Cape Canaveral/Kennedy Space Center, FL temporary restriction:

From November 26, 2022 at 1845 UTC to To November 26, 2022 at 1946 UTC
Altitude: From the surface up to and including 18,000ft

Likely:CRS2 SpX-26 (Dragon) (

They said "hello"! Our recently launched #satellites have established contact and the have sent the first beeps. The @strocast space operations team just confirmed their successful communication, our four 3U cubesats are in good shape.
🛰️We are so proud of them!

#SatIoT #PSLVC54
SpaceX Missions Section / Re: SpaceX Manifest Discussion Thread
« Last post by meekGee on Today at 11:20 am »
Did we just note the 1 launch/week milestone for 2022?

That has been the case since the summer.
SpaceX has actually exceeded launching every six days for the last ten or so missions before this most recent hiatus.

edit: When the red line in the graph in this post exceeds 52 (wks/yr=365/7) the pace of the last ten flights exceeds one per week.  Early enough in the year or long enough and it applies to the whole year. 
When it exceeds 61 (365/6) the pace surpasses a launch every six days.
I know, I meant 52 in, so the yearly total has surpassed the 1/week benchmark even if two hurricanes and an earthquake hit tomorrow...

I'm curious how they'll surpass that next year without another barge.  More RTLS doesn't seem productive for Starlinks.
good example of why American habit of early specialization in .... sucks.

I don't understand what you mean by this, Please explain.
To be honest, I don't think there will be enough storage required to significantly reduce the radiation load.
No one needs 1000+ tonnes of storage for their own purposes, do they?

Irrelevant. There's no rule that says it has to be 100% supplies.

Whatever mass there is will reduce the shielding mass, which is a win. Essentially this reduces the effective cost of your inventory storage.
Chinese Launchers / Re: China to have new rockets
« Last post by FutureSpaceTourist on Today at 11:16 am »

The 6th academy of CASC on Nov. 26 conducted a first restart test firing of a 130-ton thrust kerosene-liquid oxygen, designed for new-generation of reusable launch vehicles.
.Sure, mass can absorb radiation, but some types of mass are better than others, and some are actually worse - like aluminum.

Also, where you are warehousing foodstuff, supplies, replacement parts, etc., may not be near where people hang out, so the radiation protection from the mass is not realized.
...The solution is that you don't mess it up in the ways you describe. I thought all those considerations went without saying, but I guess now they've been said.  ;)

Turn that frown upside-down, and turn those "objections" into design constraints.

Yeah, except sometimes you end up laying so many constraints that you can never achieve anything worthwhile.

Sometimes sure, but you think that is actually occurring in this case? Or is this comment merely hypothetical?

I've been studying the various designs that have been proposed for rotating space stations, including my own design, and I'm not seeing where your original comment was actually an unrealized solution. In other words, you seemed to be proposing to store all local inventory of foodstuff, supplies, replacement parts, etc., in such a way that it was always inline with GCR and radiation coming from our Sun.

No, no need.

  • Once you're shielded against GCR, you're auto-Magically shielded against the (much lower energy) solar particles.

  • SEP doesn't come from a single neat direction anyway, it actually comes in a "cone" with about a 90 frustum angle.

So it's nothing elaborate, just "surround yourself with (ideally graded-Z) mass."

As someone that has managed inventory systems

Surely we can all understand that the design goals and cost assumptions for terrestrial vs. space systems are very different.

What challenges specifically do you imagine?

Orbital Launch no.164 of 2022

#SpaceX's #CRS26 mission to the ISS carries #iROSA, essential supplies, #ElaNA49 Cubesats and science experiments for the #Expedition68 crew, on Dragon-2 C211-1 spacecraft/ #Falcon9 B1076 launch vehicle at the LC-39A
Meanwhile for the current Chinese human orbital launcher, looks like there will be snow on the ground when Shenzhou 15 launches on November 29:
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