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(InformationWeek)   You know that feeling of pride and vindication you get from making something useful out of the junk stored in your garage? Apparently NASA does too   ( informationweek.com) divider line
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2013-01-22 10:24:32 PM  
2013-01-22 10:39:32 PM  
By Patience Wait?
2013-01-22 10:39:53 PM  
Once the cascade begins we're farked and it isn't far away from starting.
2013-01-22 10:43:57 PM  
Shouldn't we mine space junk for the precious metals?
2013-01-22 10:48:58 PM  
I make my junk do something useful at least once a day.
2013-01-22 10:52:53 PM  
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2013-01-22 11:07:27 PM  

Raddamant: [www.jsc.nasa.gov image 636x640]

Dammit so much!
2013-01-22 11:24:48 PM  
The large antennas are heavy, so, if you can send up a tiny bird that can borrow the existing antenna, you can use the mass savings to extend the propellant stores for longer duration... or add other functions. Or, just reduce weight enough to get two birds up on one booster. Really, when I read subby's headline, I thought it was going to be about how NASA just cut a big contract with Bigelowe for an inflatable space station compartment. That's ironic, because the inflatable module was an in-house NASA development originally called Trans-hab, designed to expand the human spaces on the ISS and future Mars spacecraft, and Congress killed off the funding for it 12 years back. Bigelowe bought the patents and has been developing private space station habitats based on that for a decade: two of his station prototypes have been orbiting for... (runs off to check) at least 6 years already. NASA will "test" the BEAM module for a couple months attached to ISS then dump it into the ocean, to independently find out what we've known for 12 years:

It WORKS, biatches!
2013-01-22 11:28:43 PM  
It's more like beach combing.
2013-01-22 11:55:32 PM  
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On it.
2013-01-23 12:14:29 AM  

ImpendingCynic: Raddamant: [www.jsc.nasa.gov image 636x640]

Dammit so much!

2013-01-23 12:16:10 AM  
'Space Junk' is the next installment in my Astronaughtytm video series.
2013-01-23 12:25:24 AM  

The Bestest: DARPA, not NASA

Technically this isn't far from what NASA is working on right now on ISS. Plus the USAF/NASA are the only two agencies able to make DRAPA's idea happen.
2013-01-23 12:47:33 AM  
On a unrelated note, there's a photo of the X-37B next to the article. Does anyone else keep expecting John Crichton to step out of that thing?
2013-01-23 01:09:37 AM  
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Always alone...
2013-01-23 07:25:38 AM  

SpdrJay: I make my junk do something useful at least once a day.

Splooging into a sock is not considered useful.
2013-01-23 07:26:54 AM  
Wait wait wait wait.... So the DoD is finally looking at making use of old tech for new things rather than just heaping it all in a warehouse or destroying it in favor of brand new stuff at 100x the price?

And sequestration is a BAD thing?
2013-01-23 07:35:45 AM  
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2013-01-23 09:02:19 AM  
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2013-01-23 09:12:11 AM  
And they report this the day before Richard Dean Anderson's birthday
2013-01-23 09:57:59 AM  

Ghastly: [friday87central.files.wordpress.com image 432x269]

On it.

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