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(BBC)   Air Force designs new space telescope that could severely cut into government contractor profits   ( bbc.co.uk) divider line
    More: Interesting, telescopes, new space, U.S. Air Force Academy, government contractor, small satellite, United States Air Force, crouch, photons  
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vpb [TotalFark]
2012-10-02 12:01:12 PM  
Nah. The cost of contracting anything out for the government expands to fit the funding available.
2012-10-02 12:09:44 PM  
Yes, subby, because clearly they're calling it a "cling film" lens, that means it's just plastic wrap.
2012-10-02 12:29:30 PM  
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Oh, that is farking creepy.
2012-10-02 02:46:48 PM  
This is bad news for Kruger Industrial Smoothing.
2012-10-02 04:00:00 PM  

Because People in power are Stupid: [news.bbcimg.co.uk image 304x304]
Oh, that is farking creepy.

Looks like a lamprey mouth. Ick.
2012-10-02 04:02:38 PM  
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Looks familar
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2012-10-02 04:03:51 PM  

exick: Yes, subby, because clearly they're calling it a "cling film" lens, that means it's just plastic wrap.

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Not particularly impressed either.

2012-10-02 04:14:50 PM  
"While the size of telescope we will deploy is 20cm, we're doing that from a small volume - perhaps the size of a cup of coffee."

If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. I guess this applies to Air Force personnel.
2012-10-02 04:33:55 PM  
FTA: "The idea has been developed by the US Air Force Academy, and it hopes to launch a 20cm diameter telescope inside a tiny satellite called FalconSAT-7 in 2015."

What a FalconSAT might look like:

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2012-10-02 05:14:10 PM  
I bet someone could make a good profit constructing a a photon sieve telescope the size of 2 football fields, particularly if it had capabilities far exceeding conventional technology.
2012-10-02 11:26:29 PM  
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Watch out guys. We're dealing with a badass prototype over here.
2012-10-03 12:08:46 AM  
I wonder what goes into making one.
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