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Hello friends,

although I have already experienced some things, Shapeways still has some surprises in store.
Today came the already announced Set of 20 Flat Ori (FXD). But after I unpacked it, I could not believe my eyes.

Because that was not the Track Shoe-Set I ordered,


Source: shapeways.com (Crackerjazz)
but any other one with little mini parts,





what of course I've immediately complained.

Mitchell Jetten (SW) but immediately apologized in return:

Oh no, I'm sorry to hear we shipped the wrong model to you.
I have raised a complaint (CT-48214) ticket right away and asked our production team to reprint the correct model as soon as possible.

There are also less beautiful wonders by SW ...

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My previous fingerpainting experience was before Gagarin flew, but it is coming back to me.
I'm working on a portfolio to send to MZ.  ;D

What happens once you've painted all your fingers?

LOL

Don't know. My daughter takes away my paints before I get them all done.
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BTW how often do you here about wings and tails falling off aircraft that wasn't built in someone's garage?

Well, this one could be built in a tent...
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I actually did study photojournalism in college and got very hungry learning that there are about six people who actually make money doing it. Most of those worked for National Geographic at the time. I finally went back to school and learned how to wear a tie but I've always tried to  keep my skills up. Think he might be impressed with hundreds of college bikini-girls from the early 80's and ten thousand very well composed photos of my family? I can work on computers and clean toilets during the flight too. If they launch by 2023 I'll only be 60 and I like dogs. My wife says I can go. I think she really wants me to.  ::)
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SpaceX Missions Section / Re: Launch, Land, and Relaunch Party Thread
« Last post by nacnud on Today at 07:59 PM »
My previous fingerpainting experience was before Gagarin flew, but it is coming back to me.
I'm working on a portfolio to send to MZ.  ;D

What happens once you've painted all your fingers?
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SHLV Development had been funded as special purpose state program with dedicated funding outside of Federal Space Program FSP 2016-2025 

How many rubles? Who administers the program?
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Launch photos and confirmation from Xinhua (in Chinese http://www.xinhuanet.com/tech/2018-09/20/c_1123456176.htm )
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SpaceX Missions Section / Re: Launch, Land, and Relaunch Party Thread
« Last post by Joffan on Today at 07:56 PM »
Watching the new physics sim of the BFS entry when the wife says, "Is that a drone?"
 "No it's the BFS",  I reply.
 "Best Friend Sometimes", is her retort.

which goes with the "Best Friend Before" to make the "Best Friend Rarely".

(Also: hang on to that one, she's a keeper. But you know that.)
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Space Science Coverage / Re: Pluto-Planet debate discussions
« Last post by Bynaus on Today at 07:55 PM »
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all spherical bodies in a circumstellar orbit

So there are no planets then. Because no object in the solar system is perfectly spherical!

On a slightly more serious note: We have this "hydrostatic equilibrium" requirement for the dwarf planet status under the current IAU definition already, and just see how "well" it works: although there are 100+ objects that are very likely to be in hydrostatic equlibrium, only 5 dwarf planets have been recognized so far. The reason is that it is easy to suspect hydrostatic equilibrium, but its more difficult to prove - and it takes time and effort, for very little scientific insight. If a planet just has to be "spherical" (what degree of spherical?) or in "hydrostatic equilibrium" (how much deviation are you going to allow?), the situation will be that we will never be able to say how many planets that there actually are in the solar system, just that there are the classical ones, 100+ candidates, dozens for which we can't really say, and potential 100s more. That seems like a very unsatisfactory situation. Especially when 8 of these objects stand out from the rest and seem to be in a league of their own...
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Commercial Space Flight General / Re: Planetary Resources
« Last post by Danderman on Today at 07:54 PM »
There is no question that physical presence on a celestial body provides some of the benefits of ownership, at least to the extent that the presence is actively maintained, so no one can claim salvage rights.

My question relates to a claim in the sense of intellectual property. If a company sends a spacecraft to an asteroid and determines the specific location to an ore body - how do they protect that claim (apart from treating it as a trade secret)? How do they sell that claim?

I firmly believe if the Federal government would protect such intellectual property, via a register, then companies such as Planetary Resources would have a bright future.
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