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NASA is at its most wonderful when it does things like this

PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2016 5:53 am
by Rob Lang
I'm a massive fan of NASA and I wish that they had the funding they deserve. Their achievements are for all humanity to enjoy.

Recently, they've been talking about the maths behind a warp drive, which could reach Alpha Centauri in 2 weeks. Those sort of statements make me deliriously happy. They now have a sexy bit of 3D rendering of the IXS Enterprise spacecraft that they imagine would go there. As soon as there is a desire to do something great, the engineering problems to achieve it can start being ticked off. Expensive to get stuff into orbit? Space elevator. Need rope for space elevator? Carbon nanotubes. etc etc.

Here's the full Flickr album:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/yard2380/ ... 4113972600

Here's my source, the Washington Post:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/pos ... &tid=ss_fb

Here's an old interview: http://io9.gizmodo.com/5963263/how-nasa ... warp-drive

Re: NASA is at its most wonderful when it does things like t

PostPosted: Mon May 23, 2016 12:57 pm
by maledictus
Really nice design! I believe in order to do a working Alcubierre Drive, you'll need tons of energy and a HUGE spaceship. I wonder if it will be ever possible to small the scale to the size of these concepts,

Rob Lang wrote:I'm a massive fan of NASA and I wish that they had the funding they deserve. Their achievements are for all humanity to enjoy.


If Bill Nye is to be believed, NASA has the best return on investment of all government agencies, which makes it more frustrating.

Re: NASA is at its most wonderful when it does things like t

PostPosted: Sat Jun 04, 2016 3:17 pm
by kylesgames
maledictus wrote:If Bill Nye is to be believed, NASA has the best return on investment of all government agencies, which makes it more frustrating.


Insert snarky comment about government agencies here.

Ironically, despite the fact that I really hate the government spending money (if I'm poor, they get to be poor too, dangnabit), but NASA is one of those things I really like because of the engineering work it winds up doing and the innovations that come out of its programs.