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UK Space Transporter (Skylon)

Post by RSE_Chris » Sat Aug 01, 2009 11:10 am

For anyone who is interested:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters ... lane.shtml

Looks interesting, would be great if it continues to progress and replace the current EU launch systems.

Hopefully it will not be scrapped due to the recession, though I'd be suprised if it wasn't. :?

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Post by TurboC » Sat Aug 01, 2009 11:51 pm

Maybe they can try to use asteroid-mining as a way to sell spacecraft advancement to stingy governments...

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Post by marhawkman » Mon Aug 03, 2009 2:02 pm

Good luck getting the asteroids....

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Post by MrD » Mon Aug 03, 2009 3:01 pm

...without too much solar and cosmic ray pollution to your body.
That's one thing that would worry me.
Already the travel from Earth to the Moon involves a great many space-hours without Mother Earth's protection against those nasty rays.
Travel to our big solar system's asteroid hunting ground beyond Mars' orbit, well that's another thing altogether.
Living out there for a few years to make the trip worthwhile without having your body fried...I dunno, maybe with a decent rad shielding in your ship, habitat and EVA equipment otherwise it would take people both brave and somewhat (no offense) foolish to do that.

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EDIT: found a link on the topic, not sure how much has been done since 2004
http://www.space.com/businesstechnology ... 40527.html
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Post by marhawkman » Sun Aug 09, 2009 4:55 pm

It's not THAT hard. Lead usually works.

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Post by Deimos » Sun Aug 09, 2009 6:17 pm

Speaking of cosmic rays and whatnot
Does anyone remember reading a story this year, or the last, about a prototype "shield" device, which deflects said rays away from a spaceship?
Gah I wish I could remember where I read it, but it had a video of the device working.
Found something similiar, they call it the deflector shield

http://www.universetoday.com/2008/11/04 ... a-reality/

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Post by marhawkman » Sun Aug 09, 2009 9:31 pm

Deflector shield?

Danger! Will Robinson, Danger!
Trekkie Scientists detected!

Hehe.... So old yet such a classic. :)

Anyways, I LOVE that one of their demo pictures was the Enterprise-d minus the saucer section. :)

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