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(Popular Science)   Popular Science: A new type of engine could usher in an era of affordable spaceplanes. Is this excerpt from: C) every issue they've ever published?   (popsci.com) divider line 20
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2013-09-10 05:36:38 PM  
That's pretty well why I stopped reading PS many, many years ago.  They seemed to be filling the pages with fantasy rather than facts. It was a shame too...my parents got me the subscription when I was 8 and I used to read those things cover to cover and back again.
 
2013-09-10 05:43:25 PM  

F1_Fan: That's pretty well why I stopped reading PS many, many years ago.  They seemed to be filling the pages with fantasy rather than facts. It was a shame too...my parents got me the subscription when I was 8 and I used to read those things cover to cover and back again.


I bought 4 years at a huge discount, 3 years ago... After about 6 months, I couldn't even get through them any more.  Read one issue, you've read them all.  Ads for gadgets (disguised as articles), and fantasy-land.

I used to get Popular Mechanics, which is slightly better.  The Home Handyman is actually more helpful, though.
 
2013-09-10 06:07:47 PM  
It's always been a vehicle for press releases.  But they don't even try anymore.
 
2013-09-10 06:19:55 PM  
Always either this nonsense or military industrial posturing.
Not my grandfather's magazine.
 
2013-09-10 06:47:39 PM  
Think this is new?

1986
bks6.books.google.com

1972:
bks1.books.google.com

1949:
bks0.books.google.com

Etc, Etc.
 
2013-09-10 06:48:59 PM  
www.popsci.com

nsa08.casimages.com

So.... George Lucas is designing real space ships now?
 
2013-09-10 07:15:24 PM  
They've actually managed to get their supercooling working properly, which is impressive by itself.  It remains to be seen if it will turn into a space-plane though.
 
2013-09-10 08:02:13 PM  
My FIL kept a lot of these. I read a 1979 mag that absolutely proclaimed all the world's oil will be gone in the year 2000.
 
2013-09-10 08:08:51 PM  
Skylon and the engine for it has been in development a long time, but he's fighting the same problem his fellow countryman Whittle had when inventing the jet engine: England doesn't support him.  He's got to find international backing.  Considering the small mass fraction, I think Skylon has more potential unfortunately as a weapons and recon platform, than a commercial launcher.  And you would think defense contractors would be all over developing this... but they must have something they think is better, like pulse-detonation engines or "Black Horse" style rocket engines, or a black version of Venture Star.
 
2013-09-10 08:10:23 PM  

edmo: My FIL kept a lot of these. I read a 1979 mag that absolutely proclaimed all the world's oil will be gone in the year 2000.


To be fair, that was before all sorts of things like oil shale, deep sea drilling, etc.
 
2013-09-10 08:26:14 PM  

meanmutton: edmo: My FIL kept a lot of these. I read a 1979 mag that absolutely proclaimed all the world's oil will be gone in the year 2000.

To be fair, that was before all sorts of things like oil shale, deep sea drilling, etc.


Exactly, it was the end of, cheap, easy to obtain oil, that you weren't competing for on the world market
 
2013-09-10 08:43:07 PM  
Peak Oil, which happened already, will make hypersonic space planes a necessity.
 
2013-09-10 08:57:50 PM  

Any Pie Left: Skylon and the engine for it has been in development a long time, but he's fighting the same problem his fellow countryman Whittle had when inventing the jet engine: England doesn't support him.  He's got to find international backing.  Considering the small mass fraction, I think Skylon has more potential unfortunately as a weapons and recon platform, than a commercial launcher.  And you would think defense contractors would be all over developing this... but they must have something they think is better, like pulse-detonation engines or "Black Horse" style rocket engines, or a black version of Venture Star.


We've had boronated fuels since the 60s.  With the tremendous improvements in satellites, and especially in imagery, we don't need a huge fleet of SR-71 successors.
 
2013-09-10 09:29:07 PM  

HotIgneous Intruder: Always either this nonsense or military industrial posturing.
Not my grandfather's magazine.


Popular Science Sept 1922
lh4.googleusercontent.com

Popular Science Nov 1917
lh3.googleusercontent.com

/ When I was reading it as a kid in the 70s, I think the military stuff was not so common, but spaceplanes and flying cars were a staple.
 
2013-09-10 11:05:48 PM  
Cool. I'll take an Origin 350r, please.

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2013-09-10 11:11:08 PM  

Bonanza Jellybean: Cool. I'll take an Origin 350r, please.

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I'm thinking of adding one of those to my package soon. I've got the Freelancer. I figure I'll use it for trade or specializing it into an exploration vessel or whatever I end up liking... And I was thinking I should add a fighter too before the pledge period is over, so if I know I might have to go somewhere or on a mission which could require dogfighting I'll have a specialized craft for that too.
 
2013-09-11 12:01:34 AM  
I hesitate to ask, but do we have a consensus about who subby is?
 
2013-09-11 01:24:05 AM  
meh, I have a subscription because my 16-year-old daughter is a bit of a nerd and enjoys reading some of the articles. I have that (particular) issue sitting here on the desk next to me for that matter.
 
2013-09-11 04:56:33 AM  
Popular Science is neither.
 
2013-09-12 06:51:23 AM  

SirTanon: [www.popsci.com image 850x566]

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So.... George Lucas is designing real space ships now?


Didn't notice that! :)

Actually the wings are in the middle. Perspective of the pic makes the long, tapered tail look short.
 
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