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(Reuters)   European science satellite will analyze gravity one last time   (reuters.com) divider line 25
    More: Misc, gravity, Europeans, Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite, Ocean Circulation Explorer, European science, Mars Probes, Earth observation, satellites  
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2013-11-03 12:10:10 PM  
They'll still find it had a thin plot.
 
2013-11-03 12:17:45 PM  
(Editing by Kevin Gray and Xavier Briand)

pity that the editors can't fix the URL
 http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/21/us-space-satellite-idUSBR E99 K14M20131021

 
2013-11-03 12:17:53 PM  
Gravity is a harsh mistress.
 
2013-11-03 12:21:28 PM  
 
2013-11-03 12:30:16 PM  
Thus confirming the fact that the vast majority of it originates from your mom.
 
2013-11-03 12:49:26 PM  

JasonOfOrillia: Gravity is a harsh mistress.


Not as much as time, although the two tend to work in concert.
 
2013-11-03 12:53:21 PM  
Here's a nice multi O/S tracking program: http://gpredict.oz9aec.net/
Here's the Windows download: http://sourceforge.net/projects/gpredict/files/Gpredict/
 
2013-11-03 01:01:36 PM  
So, what, are we wrapping up the idea of studying gravitiation?  Is there really nothing more we can obser...

OH!  I see what you did there.
 
2013-11-03 01:18:16 PM  
The trouble with those xenon ion drives is the long burn times required to accelerate any reasonable amount (which also quickly depletes your electric charge reserves), and you can't engage time warp while you're doing that so you have to grind through in real time..
 
2013-11-03 01:41:16 PM  

zimbach: The trouble with those xenon ion drives is the long burn times required to accelerate any reasonable amount (which also quickly depletes your electric charge reserves), and you can't engage time warp while you're doing that so you have to grind through in real time..


You can do a 'physical warp' up to 4x, but even with that it still takes a long time.
 
2013-11-03 02:05:12 PM  
cdn.static.ovimg.com
 
2013-11-03 02:06:40 PM  
Moving to Spain so I can be younger...
 
2013-11-03 03:07:31 PM  
It's last mission will be to measure air resistance at high speed.
 
2013-11-03 03:15:55 PM  

AbiNormal: It's last mission will be to measure air resistance at high speed.


That's not gravity, that's electromagnetism.
 
2013-11-03 03:51:07 PM  
It's always a sad thing when you've collected a lot of data but don't have enough energy to deploy the parachutes upon re-entry.
 
2013-11-03 03:59:50 PM  
Another big sack of money wasted on an invisible theory.
 
2013-11-03 04:05:45 PM  
www.bis.gov.uk

And they just HAD to design it like a giant Lawn Dart too. Just lovely.
 
2013-11-03 04:30:42 PM  

zimbach: The trouble with those xenon ion drives is the long burn times required to accelerate any reasonable amount (which also quickly depletes your electric charge reserves), and you can't engage time warp while you're doing that so you have to grind through in real time..


Once I set the burn and went outside to mow the lawn. When I got back it still had five minutes. Still didn't make it, ran out of xenon.
 
2013-11-03 04:38:41 PM  
This site is currently predicting reentry around November 10.
 
2013-11-03 04:46:43 PM  

Mentalpatient87: zimbach: The trouble with those xenon ion drives is the long burn times required to accelerate any reasonable amount (which also quickly depletes your electric charge reserves), and you can't engage time warp while you're doing that so you have to grind through in real time..

Once I set the burn and went outside to mow the lawn. When I got back it still had five minutes. Still didn't make it, ran out of xenon.


The mod kit at  http://kerbalspaceport.com/half-meter-parts-and-other-useless-crap-r4 - 2/  includes a beer keg full of xenon which should be plenty while keeping your part count down. Still waiting for it  to be updated for career-mode, though.

Why wouldn't you shape a satellite like a lawn dart if you were planning on running experiments while it deorbits? That makes perfect sense. Keeps it from tumbling and stuff like that.
 
2013-11-03 05:54:59 PM  
zimbach:
Why wouldn't you shape a satellite like a lawn dart if you were planning on running experiments while it deorbits? That makes perfect sense. Keeps it from tumbling and stuff like that.

From a link someone linked before, it was designed with a modicum of aerodynamics to reduce drag because there's still a little bit of atmosphere where it was deployed.
 
2013-11-03 10:32:18 PM  
I'd love to...umm...analyze Sandra Bullock and George Clooney again.  Lucky satellite.
 
2013-11-04 03:16:41 AM  
Weak. The weakest of them all.
 
2013-11-04 06:24:40 AM  

Myria: I'd love to...umm...analyze Sandra Bullock and George Clooney again.  Lucky satellite.


i.dailymail.co.uk

YES PLEASE!
 
2013-11-04 07:41:09 AM  

turboke: Myria: I'd love to...umm...analyze Sandra Bullock and George Clooney again.  Lucky satellite.



YES PLEASE!


"Symbolism!"
 
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