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Old 03-13-2017, 02:24 PM   #16
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What is it you do exactly/the specific thing you're studying?
I work as an analytical chemistry lab tech at our local waste water treatment plants. In my field, my field of study is in the environmental sciences and environmental protection technology. At work we ensure that the process is running smoothly and that the final effluents are meeting the regulations. So in order to get hired as permanent, I have to take an exam which will cover topics anywhere from chemistry, to the waste water treatment process and regulations as well as sample collection etc. It's a pretty wide area of knowledge. Most of which I have a fairly good understanding of (especially the lab portion since I work in a lab) but I'll be competing with some smart people and really it's how well I can answer the questions in the exam within the a hour limit. And then how well I do in the interview. I think I'll be ok in the interview, the exam has me a little tense!
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SpaceX is about to make history by relaunching a used Falcon 9 rocket - The Verge

thursday at 6 pm, sadly i will be at work
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I'll be in my Italian prison cell where internet is a maybe.
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they landed it again! so exciting, one of my dreams is to live long enough that space tourism is available to the public, and i can see earth from orbit before i die. this is one giant leap in that direction
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i've got 65 cents here on my desk i can kick in.
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I love how I was just thinking about how I am not as interested in launches as a lot of other aerospace engineers in the field are, and I open the thread to that GIF.

My thought from a launch is "oh so what's the payload?"
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isn't that generally what your job is focused on though? that makes sense if so.

this one was a communications satellite going into geostationary orbit over south america, owned by a luxembourgian (?) company. apparently they got a cut rate discount on the launch cost for the extra risk.

what surprised me about that gif was the altitude it started from. i didn't think the first stage got nearly that far up before separation. pretty crazy they can land it on that tiny spot in the ocean so accurately.
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isn't that generally what your job is focused on though? that makes sense if so.

this one was a communications satellite going into geostationary orbit over south america, owned by a luxembourgian (?) company. apparently they got a cut rate discount on the launch cost for the extra risk.

what surprised me about that gif was the altitude it started from. i didn't think the first stage got nearly that far up before separation. pretty crazy they can land it on that tiny spot in the ocean so accurately.


Nah, I'm neither a propulsion engineer nor a payload engineer or specialist. I've worked with payloads, sure, but I'm more of a... mission designer, if you will. Like, the folks who say we need a device that does x y and z, defines the mission/objectives/requirements, we've checked the math, formulated the design, etc. and then ship off the plans to specialist engineers for prototyping, review that, adjust, etc.

Technical project managers, ie space systems engineers.
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that's cool as fuck. i'm jealous.
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I definitely love the field I'm in, but like everyone else's job, I'm sure you understand what I mean when I say it's not always what it's chalked up to be. Sometimes we sit in windowless rooms and argue over semantics and definitions all day. The good part is the pride in the work when it's done, but the day to day can be obnoxious. Well, the people can be.
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DaveC Thanks for the gifs!

Look at all those Sun(s) line up!
And swoon over the rocket sticking the landing! It almost looks like a CGI joke... but, no, it's real!

dabu2f: thanks for keeping an eye and a test tube on those wastewaters! Good luck on your test!

LN7: oh, verycool job! (and even the best jobs have their meh moments)

No "claim to fame" job wise...
but was a kid for the Mercury flights (they'd roll in a 7 foot tall television stand for us in the classroom!
Saw the (my first) Tickertape Parade in person when I was a teen for the first Moon Landing Astronauts (crazy great!)
The early days of the Space Shuttle.
Saw the parade for John Glenn's flight as oldest person in space.

Unless something bad suddenly pops up I'll probably see the Mars mission easily. Hope I'll catch the unmanned mission to Europa, too.

But unless something miraculous happens I guess I'm too early for "The Federation"; that makes me
It's funny when the various Trekverse ( or Banylon 5) characters wonder just what it felt like in "the Early Days of Space Flight".

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