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(Talking Points Memo)   My god, SpaceX's new test rocket looks like a giant- "Johnson, what are you looking at?" "Well it looks like a giant-" "Hotdogs, get your hotdogs and beans" "Right, I'll have one. Would you look at that. It looks like a giant-" Penis   (idealab.talkingpointsmemo.com) divider line 49
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2012-11-13 08:22:29 AM  
No more so than, say, the Washington Monument.

Well, there you go, then.
 
2012-11-13 09:09:24 AM  
It's sort of phallic, I suppose, but I was expecting something a little more worthy of juvenile snickers.
 
2012-11-13 09:58:25 AM  
Jebediah Kerbal approves.
 
2012-11-13 10:04:59 AM  
Well, I heard they were going to call it the "Dynamic Impulse Launch Demonstration Orbiter" but they may have changed that.
 
2012-11-13 10:11:12 AM  

Chariset: It's sort of phallic, I suppose, but I was expecting something a little more worthy of juvenile snickers.


Yeah, like giant balls for fuel tanks or something. Subby realizes all rockets pretty much look like that, right?
 
2012-11-13 10:48:03 AM  
s2.hubimg.com
 
2012-11-13 10:51:03 AM  
Subby sees penis, all around him.
 
2012-11-13 10:51:23 AM  
wiki.uqm.stack.nl
 
2012-11-13 11:02:28 AM  
McGregor huh? Not that far away. I suppose I'll be able to look outside and reenact Austin Powers scenes with my coworkers and get a totally awesome 1990s feeling all over again.
 
2012-11-13 11:14:42 AM  
That's ok most people like penises. straight men like their own and gay/bi men and women like other peni. Phallic symbols for everyone!
 
2012-11-13 11:26:55 AM  
Eh, it's no Neo Armstrong Jet Cyclone Cannon.
 
2012-11-13 11:27:16 AM  
I doesn't look any more penisy to me than other rockets.
 
2012-11-13 11:32:43 AM  

dababler: That's ok most people like penises. straight men like their own and gay/bi men and women like other peni. Phallic symbols for everyone!


Phallic symbols for some, miniature American flags for others.
 
2012-11-13 11:51:37 AM  

StoPPeRmobile: [wiki.uqm.stack.nl image 306x137]


I loved that game. While every ship had its strength and weakness (which created obvious matchups), I was unstoppable in the Chenjesu.
 
2012-11-13 11:53:43 AM  
Easily the best bit from the Austin Powers films. Only thing close is the shadow bit.
 
2012-11-13 12:24:23 PM  
No Flesh Gordon yet?
 
2012-11-13 12:29:23 PM  
[FighClubDildo.JPG]
 
2012-11-13 12:41:35 PM  
That rocket is dildos.
 
2012-11-13 12:46:03 PM  
Sorry kids, the best you're gonna get is parachutes with rocket assisted touchdown. Too bloody much fuel weight to bring it down entirely on rockets.

I still prefer guided parachutes landing the spent rocket on an air bag/mattress landing site. We have a nice thick atmosphere. Use it.
 
X15
2012-11-13 12:55:58 PM  
Article is useless without the videos:

First hop
Second hop (17ft)
 
2012-11-13 01:09:57 PM  
I wonder if there's any way to salvage one?
 
2012-11-13 01:13:10 PM  
It's nice to see private enterprise paid by the government to do what the government can no longer afford to do for a little bit less money. Good for SpaceX, I hope they win the new space race.
 
2012-11-13 01:30:21 PM  
Will it be able to fly to Moon Units Alpha and Zappa?
 
2012-11-13 01:39:53 PM  

madgonad: I loved that game. While every ship had its strength and weakness (which created obvious matchups), I was unstoppable in the Chenjesu.


I honed my technique until I was able to take on the Ur-Quan in a strategy game (the one with the rotating 3D map) and win, using nothing but Terrans.
 
2012-11-13 02:10:33 PM  

mark12A: Sorry kids, the best you're gonna get is parachutes with rocket assisted touchdown. Too bloody much fuel weight to bring it down entirely on rockets.

I still prefer guided parachutes landing the spent rocket on an air bag/mattress landing site. We have a nice thick atmosphere. Use it.


I'd contest that.
To make a parachute big enough and with the strength to wrestle such a ship to the ground is probably no small engineering feat. It seems just as well to come down at terminal velocity and then use engines for the touchdown.
Since most of the rockets weight is fuel, and most of that fuel is used on launch, you shouldn't need much to land.

Its not like you need redundancy to land an unmanned booster. Just make sure your landing field is out in the boonies.

/I, for one, would like to welcome back our delta-clipper overlord.
/Was in favor of X-33 style glide return boosters, but those never caught on.
 
2012-11-13 02:22:32 PM  
Since most of the rockets weight is fuel, and most of that fuel is used on launch, you shouldn't need much to land.

Somebody needs to run the numbers: weight of parachute vs. weight of fuel to cancel out terminal falling velocity. As for size of parachutes, I'd just use the shuttle booster chutes. Then just a little fuel to cancel out the parachute controlled sink rate.
 
2012-11-13 02:31:09 PM  

corq: No more so than, say, the Washington Monument.


theinfosphere.org
 
2012-11-13 03:20:03 PM  
Awesome. I guess Elon Musk watched a few scifi films from the 1950s where the rocket easily lands vertically and said "We can do that".

Brings to mind the DC-X program of the 90s.
 
2012-11-13 03:38:02 PM  

mark12A: Since most of the rockets weight is fuel, and most of that fuel is used on launch, you shouldn't need much to land.

Somebody needs to run the numbers: weight of parachute vs. weight of fuel to cancel out terminal falling velocity. As for size of parachutes, I'd just use the shuttle booster chutes. Then just a little fuel to cancel out the parachute controlled sink rate.


Might work, but there are also two unwritten advantages to not relying on chutes.
You could run the same boosters in disposable rocket mode, burning off the extra fuel to push more cargo (assuming the customer is paying or the booster is at the end of its usable life anyway).

Also, if you can get that entire stage into orbit and refuel it, you'd have a ready made moon lander.
You'd be using all of the same technology, at any rate. That's a plus for mass production.
 
2012-11-13 03:43:33 PM  

Felix_T_Cat: I wonder if there's any way to salvage one?


They're reusable.
 
2012-11-13 03:43:57 PM  

mark12A: Since most of the rockets weight is fuel, and most of that fuel is used on launch, you shouldn't need much to land.

Somebody needs to run the numbers: weight of parachute vs. weight of fuel to cancel out terminal falling velocity. As for size of parachutes, I'd just use the shuttle booster chutes. Then just a little fuel to cancel out the parachute controlled sink rate.


You would have to inspect and repack the parachutes after each flight. That will take time and money. No parachutes means a much quicker turn around.

A design like this makes repeated launches extremely simple. Load your payload, load your fuel and launch. Craft returns, repeat the process. No need to hoist the launch vehicle into position. No need to recover stages from the ocean. Very quick and simple.
 
2012-11-13 04:21:59 PM  
Redventrue:Felix_T_Cat: I wonder if there's any way to salvage one?

They're reusable.


HAHA. -n00b-
www.oocities.org
 
2012-11-13 04:29:10 PM  
SpaceXXX
 
2012-11-13 04:46:43 PM  

Mentat: Jebediah Kerbal Kerman approves.


Fixed like a wobbly, out-of-control rocket.
 
2012-11-13 05:04:13 PM  

StoPPeRmobile: [wiki.uqm.stack.nl image 306x137]


http://wiki.uqm.stack.nl/script/images/f/fb/VileRancour_thraddash_tor c h_databank.png


THAT IS ALL
 
2012-11-13 05:04:56 PM  
wiki.uqm.stack.nl

that is all.
 
2012-11-13 05:35:21 PM  
yeaaaass.... everything looks like a cock, it's the masculocentric society we live in. We even call buildings erections, the world is that inherently sexist. Have you ever seen a snake, or an eel? Sexism. Aeroplanes - Sexism. The humble ball-point pen? Opresses my femalality. Why fast cars are shaped the way they are? Male insecurity about penis size. Bottle of wine? Cock-shaped for a reason. Clench your fist and raise your arm in the air as an act of 'solidarity'? You should be neutered for promoting women-hatred. Hotdogs, cigars, the clarinet, the recorder, the flute, bagpipes, champagne glasses, bedposts, bananas, cucumbers, courgette, bricanyl asthma inhalers, snooker cues, doorknobs, cockerels?

AAAARRRRGGGGHHHH cock. every..where..and...yet...none.inside.me. I blame men.

/paraphrased feminist rant i overheard at a hipster party gathering that I was invited to come sell weed at.
//waits for IC_Weener to show
 
2012-11-13 05:42:39 PM  
I hope they use shiny new and young atoms to build this.
 
2012-11-13 07:01:02 PM  
Wang! Pay attention!
 
2012-11-13 09:58:18 PM  
1.bp.blogspot.com

Dr. Wongburger approves!
 
2012-11-13 10:56:25 PM  

Quantum Apostrophe: I hope they use shiny new and young atoms to build this.


QA, what is with you and this "atoms don't have an age thing"? I'm missing the profundity.
 
2012-11-14 07:46:09 AM  

OhioKnight: Quantum Apostrophe: I hope they use shiny new and young atoms to build this.

QA, what is with you and this "atoms don't have an age thing"? I'm missing the profundity.


He's filling a valuable niche in that the Geek Tab doesn't have the pure idiotic trolling of the Politics Tab. At least not outside of climate change articles.
 
2012-11-14 08:03:19 AM  

StoPPeRmobile: [wiki.uqm.stack.nl image 306x137]


One of the best games ever.

/Syreen ships sucked
//But could be annoying with the crew-sucking thing
 
2012-11-14 08:09:20 AM  

theorellior: madgonad: I loved that game. While every ship had its strength and weakness (which created obvious matchups), I was unstoppable in the Chenjesu.

I honed my technique until I was able to take on the Ur-Quan in a strategy game (the one with the rotating 3D map) and win, using nothing but Terrans.


Terrans were great against Ur Quan because of the point defense laser, the Ur Quan couldn't use the launch-fighters effectively against terrans at all. Plus it had the range with the seeker missiles to hit the Ur Quan from far away, and the Ur Quan aren't maneuverable enough to dodge them.

/Man that game was awesome
//And the sequel was probably my all-time favorite growing up
 
2012-11-14 10:47:26 AM  

my_cats_breath_smells_like_cat_food: theorellior: madgonad: I loved that game. While every ship had its strength and weakness (which created obvious matchups), I was unstoppable in the Chenjesu.

I honed my technique until I was able to take on the Ur-Quan in a strategy game (the one with the rotating 3D map) and win, using nothing but Terrans.

Terrans were great against Ur Quan because of the point defense laser, the Ur Quan couldn't use the launch-fighters effectively against terrans at all. Plus it had the range with the seeker missiles to hit the Ur Quan from far away, and the Ur Quan aren't maneuverable enough to dodge them.

/Man that game was awesome
//And the sequel was probably my all-time favorite growing up


You can get Star Control 1 & 2 for $5.99 (DRM free). :)
 
2012-11-14 11:44:31 AM  

AgentKGB: my_cats_breath_smells_like_cat_food: theorellior: madgonad: I loved that game. While every ship had its strength and weakness (which created obvious matchups), I was unstoppable in the Chenjesu.

I honed my technique until I was able to take on the Ur-Quan in a strategy game (the one with the rotating 3D map) and win, using nothing but Terrans.

Terrans were great against Ur Quan because of the point defense laser, the Ur Quan couldn't use the launch-fighters effectively against terrans at all. Plus it had the range with the seeker missiles to hit the Ur Quan from far away, and the Ur Quan aren't maneuverable enough to dodge them.

/Man that game was awesome
//And the sequel was probably my all-time favorite growing up

You can get Star Control 1 & 2 for $5.99 (DRM free). :)


Hehe, yeah my older brother installed it a couple years ago and we had a fun afternoon reliving our vintage space battles. While it is fun to revisit it periodically, I now spend most of my videogaming time playing Starcraft 2...which I dusted off last week after not touching for over a year, and for whatever reason is still really enjoyable to me.
 
2012-11-14 01:04:39 PM  
This just in... rockets are phallus-shaped. Film at eleven.
 
2012-11-15 01:27:48 AM  

StoPPeRmobile: [wiki.uqm.stack.nl image 306x137]


You went right where I did... My job is no longer needed...
 
2012-11-15 03:04:17 AM  
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Actual Fact: SpaceX did buy the blueprints and rights for the Apollo LEM Descent stage & engine from Grumman.
 
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