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(The Register)   The latest design for space propulsion is a real pisser. Now astronauts can boldly go where no man has gone before   (theregister.co.uk) divider line 35
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2012-06-07 10:30:53 AM  
t1.gstatic.com
 
2012-06-07 10:39:34 AM  
Finally. A method of propulsion that's efficient and uses fuel that Bear Grylls could live on.
 
2012-06-07 11:04:22 AM  
So this will let us boldly go where no one has gone before?
 
2012-06-07 11:14:56 AM  
Awesome.
 
2012-06-07 11:18:34 AM  
Yes, but won't we spend a lot of money shipping up the beer to make the pee?
 
2012-06-07 11:50:05 AM  
The Australian National University Space program. I wonder which planet they'll fly their rocket to.
 
2012-06-07 11:51:25 AM  

Jubeebee: So this will let us boldly go where no one has gone before?


I liked your comment so much I appended it to the headline.
 
2012-06-07 12:58:41 PM  
Back in my early twenties when I apsired to be a hard sci-fi writer, I once wrote a short story of an astronaut who , by virtue of being in his space suit surivived the explosion of his spece suit, but found himself in orbit around mars, mere inches away from the radio and survival gear that would bring help, but with no propulsion system to bring him closer to it. He spends several agonizing hours in orbit before he realizes that nature DID equip him with a tank full of reaction mass and a way to expell it (he had a suit patching kit for afterwards)
 
2012-06-07 01:00:43 PM  

Unfreakable: Jubeebee: So this will let us boldly go where no one has gone before?

I liked your comment so much I appended it to the headline.


Sweet, thanks.

/that's 0.5 greenlights in 7 years.
 
2012-06-07 01:03:36 PM  
If this works, it'll be freaking genius. O_O
 
2012-06-07 01:04:32 PM  
Meh. Call me when they perfect the poop drive
 
2012-06-07 01:07:48 PM  
Finally, a space propulsion system that I can contribute to...

HoboCop: Meh. Call me when they perfect the poop drive


FTA:
Whereas most plasma drives use noble gases like xenon as their reaction mass (so that the superheated reaction mass doesn't degrade the drive's components), Professor Boswell told The Register his design can use practically anything for fuel.

I think it may use that as well...
 
2012-06-07 01:13:50 PM  
1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-06-07 01:21:05 PM  

Magorn: Back in my early twenties when I apsired to be a hard sci-fi writer, I once wrote a short story of an astronaut who , by virtue of being in his space suit surivived the explosion of his spece suit, but found himself in orbit around mars, mere inches away from the radio and survival gear that would bring help, but with no propulsion system to bring him closer to it. He spends several agonizing hours in orbit before he realizes that nature DID equip him with a tank full of reaction mass and a way to expell it (he had a suit patching kit for afterwards)


Ah, but how much delta-V would you get?

/Once did the math on that.
//Forgot the result.
 
2012-06-07 01:22:47 PM  

Jubeebee: Sweet, thanks.

/that's 0.5 greenlights in 7 years.


You should submit more often. Your total submissions in 7 years are fewer than some people submit in a single day. Let me know when you submit, I'd like to help you. None is the loneliest number
 
2012-06-07 01:23:49 PM  
That is a beautiful sight: the constellation Urion.
 
2012-06-07 01:30:40 PM  

Unfreakable: Jubeebee: So this will let us boldly go where no one has gone before?

I liked your comment so much I appended it to the headline.


so that is where that came from.

It's all good.
 
2012-06-07 01:43:42 PM  
Excellent! And what are they going to drink?
 
2012-06-07 01:45:55 PM  
TFA: "In the International Space Station, there's a system that extracts water from urine, known as the 'Russian piss-presser'.

Why did they give the thing a name that sounds like something illegal in 12 US states?
 
2012-06-07 01:47:08 PM  

Unfreakable: Jubeebee: Sweet, thanks.

/that's 0.5 greenlights in 7 years.

You should submit more often. Your total submissions in 7 years are fewer than some people submit in a single day. Let me know when you submit, I'd like to help you. None is the loneliest number


actually, i like jubeebee comment better than the original head line. You should swap them and just use the comment.
 
2012-06-07 01:47:12 PM  
This is an important discovery for two reasons. Number 1 . . . and number 2.

/Stolen, I know
//There's no diminishing return with space poop
 
2012-06-07 01:51:19 PM  

hstein3: This is an important discovery for two reasons. Number 1 . . . and number 2.

/Stolen, I know
//There's no diminishing return with space poop


depends

has NASA contracted out to taco bell?
 
2012-06-07 02:05:16 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org

hopes they don't mess it up
 
2012-06-07 02:05:43 PM  
Wonder if it's got a high pissific impulse?

/hates puns
//feels dirty now
 
2012-06-07 02:07:05 PM  

Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy: Wonder if it's got a high pissific impulse?

/hates puns
//feels dirty now


Don't. That's a *GOOD* pun.
 
2012-06-07 02:11:29 PM  

Millennium: TFA: "In the International Space Station, there's a system that extracts water from urine, known as the 'Russian piss-presser'.

Why did they give the thing a name that sounds like something illegal in 12 US states?


I thought it was interesting that the result is pH 1. That is fairly acidic.
 
2012-06-07 02:15:39 PM  

Tobin_Lam: Millennium: TFA: "In the International Space Station, there's a system that extracts water from urine, known as the 'Russian piss-presser'.

Why did they give the thing a name that sounds like something illegal in 12 US states?

I thought it was interesting that the result is pH 1. That is fairly acidic.


Well the stuff that makes piss, piss, is uric acid. Take the water out and you get a fluid that is mainly acid and salt. And you could probably extract the salts if you wanted.
 
2012-06-07 02:15:43 PM  

Tobin_Lam: Millennium: TFA: "In the International Space Station, there's a system that extracts water from urine, known as the 'Russian piss-presser'.

Why did they give the thing a name that sounds like something illegal in 12 US states?

I thought it was interesting that the result is pH 1. That is fairly acidic.


I got the impression that the 'leftovers' are pH 1, not the potable output.
 
2012-06-07 02:18:27 PM  
Remember when the US used to develop cool stuff like this? Oh well. Let's cut school funding some more, Trump needs a tax cut.
 
2012-06-07 02:22:10 PM  
i.qkme.me
Is NASA hiring?
 
2012-06-07 02:51:02 PM  

Unfreakable:
You should submit more often. Your total submissions in 7 years are fewer than some people submit in a single day. Let me know when you submit, I'd like to help you. None is the loneliest number


I'll keep that in mind.
 
2012-06-07 04:28:44 PM  
encrypted-tbn3.google.com
So when they gonna get to BodleyGo?

/what's that clickin' noise?
 
2012-06-07 09:01:00 PM  
Fly the friendly skies of Urine Pean Airlines
 
2012-06-08 04:32:22 AM  

HoboCop: Meh. Call me when they perfect the poop drive


Just bring along a farker from the politics tab.
 
2012-06-08 11:16:25 AM  
"Professor Boswell told The Register his design can use practically anything for fuel"

So it's a Mr. Fusion?

/needs fuel
 
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