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    I know it was a demonstrator but to the contrary it over-performed for its limited envelope. If it wasn't powered, how did it achieve Mach 5 unless the rocket carrying it was already descending while the shuttle was attached and still firing which is not normal. 40 miles is not even low earth orbit so it goes up then it goes down. Gravity is not going to get you Mach 5 going down.
     
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    Imo, the shuttle probably got boosted by the rocket launcher to that horizontal velocity just as a satellite would . By the time the shuttle had glided back to the sea surface, its velocity would've already been much reduced to below the Mach due to air friction.
     
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    MUOS-5 appears to be in trouble.



     
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    Did you go see the new Saturn V rocket indoor display?:D
     
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    When it comes to sending rockets to Mars, the biggest hurdle NASA has faced is the amount of energy needed to carry a very small payload over such a long distance. Modern technology doesn't allow for us to get enough there to start a full Martian colony. But 24-year-old engineering student Gary Li believes he's found a solution with an efficient self-healing plasma rocket.
     
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    Journey to Mars in Less than Two Days Onboard this Radical Train Concept

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    Forbes Magazine

    Earlier this year, Charles Bombardier dreamt up a way to travel between continents at hypersonic speed (think New York to Dubai in 22 minutes). But now he’s set his sights on something much bigger.

    Pushing the limits of his imagination out of this world, the Montreal-based innovator has envisioned Solar Express—a futuristic train designed to ferry goods and passengers between celestial bodies and space stations.

    Using the force of gravity to slingshot around planets and moons, the locomotive—designed in collaboration with industrial engineer Olivier Péraldi—would remain in constant motion similar to a ski lift, with smaller vehicles locking onto it along the way.

    The train would comprise of a series 50-meter-long cylinders placed end to end, with each capsule divided into four cargo bays that maintenance robots could swap in-flight. “A large ‘space city’ would rotate around the longitudinal axis and provide artificial gravity inside so that humans could walk and live there during the long months of travelling,” Bombardier notes.

    The configuration, class, and function of each car would vary, though rest areas would likely fall towards the middle of the craft, where gravity has less of an effect. The center would also contain a zero-gravity area, where certain experiments could be held, while outer zones with normal gravity would cater to human activities.


    Link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristin...olivier-peraldi-boris-schwarzer/#5046a3c648c1
     
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    bad day for CNSA and Space X
     
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