Space, The Final Frontier

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Post by quicksilver-wsr » Tue Nov 04, 2014 12:56 pm

A lot more info here ...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-29895140

... and apparently they have a back-up spaceship that's now being prepared, that was approximately 65% complete at the time the accident occurred.

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Post by Renegadenemo » Tue Nov 04, 2014 2:09 pm

and apparently they have a back-up spaceship that's now being prepared, that was approximately 65% complete at the time the accident occurred.
That's good news as I'd imagine Virgin will want to move this on as quickly as possible. I'm sure Richard will have a bit put by for just such a rainy day.
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Post by Renegadenemo » Wed Nov 05, 2014 12:53 am

In case anyone wishes to contribute...

http://www.gofundme.com/MikeAlsbury
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Post by quicksilver-wsr » Sat Dec 20, 2014 5:30 pm

A spanner has been e-mailed to the ISS ...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-30549341

The Bloodhound team uses this tech, too - albeit at 1G :)

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Post by quicksilver-wsr » Fri Jan 16, 2015 12:12 pm

It turns out Beagle 2 so nearly made it ...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-30784886

What a great shame Colin Pillinger didn't live to see this news emerge.

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Post by Renegadenemo » Fri Jan 16, 2015 1:47 pm

I must be missing something here - why is everyone trying to send Johnny-5 to Mars all of a sudden?
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Post by rob565uk » Fri Jan 16, 2015 2:44 pm

A very good question

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Post by quicksilver-wsr » Fri Jan 16, 2015 2:53 pm

I'm not sure if everyone is trying to send people to Mars. Many believe that unmanned craft are the way to go in future space exploration, by not risking human life, whilst achieving things at a fraction of the cost by ditching the life-support capability and not having to man-rate everything.

My own view is that there's a role for both, but I'm not a particular fan of the manned-mission-to-Mars campaign. As I see it, the vast cost is simply not worth the risk or rewards. Not this century anyway.

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Post by Renegadenemo » Fri Jan 16, 2015 3:45 pm

I'm only a plumber from Cannock...

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Post by quicksilver-wsr » Fri Jan 16, 2015 3:59 pm

Bloody hell - whatever next! :lol:

I'd seen that thing somewhere before, but had no idea it was called Johnny-5.

Anyway, I was a Beagle 2 fan. And watching Colin Pillinger from a distance (I never met him), I couldn't help but admire his indefatigable spirit. Mad, brilliant - British! That ticked all the boxes for me.

The way he managed to persuade a sceptical world to believe in his dream and back it was a master-class in determination and commitment.

Shame we don't have more like him.

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