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Old 03-31-2017, 09:33 AM   #21
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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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Old 03-31-2017, 12:34 PM   #24
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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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Old 03-31-2017, 02:15 PM   #27
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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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Sometimes we sit in windowless rooms and argue over semantics and definitions all day.
now that's something a lot of interference users can relate to.
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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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Heh!
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Thanks Dazzle!! BTW I ended up getting the job! So now I am a permanent government worker hehehe. I want to erase the last month! Nothing but stress but it's over now and I am happy to not have to worry about my career atleast for quite a few years
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Super fantastic, dab. Great to hear important good news in these stressful times!

And While we won't be settling on (Saturn's moon) Enceladus...
latest news is a more detailed read on it's geysers composition. They seem to contain close to, or the same chemistry that Earth's deep sea vents - the ones where life evolved through straight biochemical means instead of the biochemical actions started with light from the sun- have.

Some were postulating that maybe Life started not only in Earth's oceans (as been described for a century or less), but maybe down around those vents. Interesting to how and why those lifeforms would drift, swim upwards as the decreasing pressure would injure or kill them.
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Congrats! Now, more photos
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Congrats! Now, more photos
Soon I'll have pictures of out of this world just have to survive May because of work and June because I have to find a new place and move but August there is going to be an awesome total solar eclipse! I'll be driving from Vancouver down to Oregon (probably somewhere within two hours of Portland) to get so shots of the eclipse. I am so out of practice on my astrophotography but I hope to have a few clear days in between my crazy life these next two moths to get back into astrophotography so that I am ready for the 2 minute and 17 second event. One of which I've been waiting since the day I got into astronomy decades ago. Now I am just praying that the weather will be kind! I've missed one solar eclipse before and several other big Astro events due to pesky clouds!!! A week befor I may change plans and go somewhere else (even fly if I have to) if there is even a hint of cloudy skies on my first location! The eclipse will be on August 21.
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And thanks for the congrats guys!!!! I can now finally think of buying my first home since I am no longer contract! Been waiting for three years now to buy a place but each year it seems to get more expensive to buy lol. My job before this one paid much less (private lab) so now I can (sort of) afford a place. But back to topic! Dazzle isn't it amazing how life can flourish in the most extreame environments??? And life has a crazy way of adopting to changing environments! That's why I have huge hope that some of saturns moons may actually harbour life albeit microbial life.
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unlikely that we'll ever see this thing fly, but it's cool that plans for something like this are being worked on: DARPA Picks Design for Next-Generation Spaceplane
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Old 06-03-2017, 06:41 PM   #37
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The World Science Festive is on in NYC - 10th Anniversary- today, tomorrow (and this pastthurs, fri ).

They do have a year-round on line presence just dot com the above name.

It's a very interesting, and fun endeavor.
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Anyone watch the launch today? Great fun.
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dab - forgot to add good luck when you're ready to go house hunting!

And, ooooooo, you're going for the total eclipse! Near swoon! Hope the sky will be clear!
Yeah, all that deep sea vent life does raise possibility of life down in the depths of Saturn's moon's. And Jupiter's ? Europa.


Missed launch.
OTOH NASA gave us the Class of 2017 New Astros!
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We Do Not Have a Child Slave Colony on Mars: NASA
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