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5potTurbo

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53 months

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Adenauer said:
5potTurbo said:
Adenauer said:
Live update here in 5 minutes.
Chop, chop!
The weather's quite good, but they are saying that it might get even better so are waiting for that to happen, no other launch time given yet but they still say it will go ahead today.

Over....
Roger.

Over.

(I just checked on their website wink )

garyhun

16,029 posts

113 months

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Salgar said:
screw this, I'm going for carrot cake.
You're living the dream smile

CardShark

2,622 posts

64 months

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garyhun said:
Salgar said:
screw this, I'm going for carrot cake.
You're living the dream smile
Organic carrot cake?

Nice.

Eric Mc

76,464 posts

150 months

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Ironic - a weather balloon stymied by the weather.

Schmeeky

3,696 posts

102 months

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Balloon layout has begun! woohoo
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GTO-3R

2,589 posts

98 months

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woohoo

Ayahuasca

17,992 posts

164 months

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Eric Mc said:
Megaflow said:
A thought that occured watching this on the news this morning, how far up do you have to go before re-entry becomes an issue?

I suspect, by the very nature of re-entry, that you'd have to leave the atmosphere totally, and therefore there is no gravity to pull you down.
I presume you are concerned about the atmospheric heat friction that is normally associated with a spacecraft or satellite re-entering the atmosphere from earth orbit (or even direct from the moon, as in Apollo and Zond missions).

Atmospheric heating is not a function of altitude. It is a function of speed.
If you climbed a tower 100 miles high - you would be in space. If you jumped off that tower and started falling towards earth, your velocity would never exceed 800 mph - and at that speed frictional heating due to the atmopshere would be almot undetectable.

If you are in orbit around the earth at an altitude of 100 miles, you will start entering the atmosphere at 17,500 mph (25.000 mph if coming back from the moon). At those types of speeds atmospheric heating is a major issue and a specially designed heat shield of some sort is required to prevent the spacecraft from burning and breaking up.
Most of the heat produced during re-entry has nothing to do with friction, and everything to do with compression. As the craft moves forwards at huge speed it compresses the air ahead of it so that it heats up - a bit like a pressure caused by a piston in a cylinder heating air/fuel to detonation in a diesel engine.

Salgar

2,985 posts

69 months

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CardShark said:
garyhun said:
Salgar said:
screw this, I'm going for carrot cake.
You're living the dream smile
Organic carrot cake?

Nice.
Twas a fine slice. Good moisture.

Eric Mc

76,464 posts

150 months

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True - it's the bow shock at the front of the re-entering object. However, the whole idea of the blunt body shape is to deliberately create that bow shock - because that protects the worst elements of the heat from impinging on the structure of the re-entering craft.

Original designs for spacecraft were often needle nosed - but they created genuine frictional heating right at the tip - which would end up destroying the vehicle.

Schmeeky

3,696 posts

102 months

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Looks like we might be about to get some action, instead of pretty pictures of the sky! hehe


ETA: for those who can't see the live stream, it says broadcast start at 17:00 GMT

smile

Edited by Schmeeky on Tuesday 9th October 16:32

mattnunn

6,116 posts

46 months

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Hmmm.... Roswell New Mexico...

Could we be looknig at alien technology here? "Baumgartner" is that german for half man half zoidian?


Eric Mc

76,464 posts

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Roswell has been a test area for rockets and other military systems for decades. It consists of the White Sands Proving Grounds and the Los Alamos nuclear site.

garyhun

16,029 posts

113 months

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Salgar said:
CardShark said:
garyhun said:
Salgar said:
screw this, I'm going for carrot cake.
You're living the dream smile
Organic carrot cake?

Nice.
Twas a fine slice. Good moisture.
Mnom mnom - I lurve de cake!

Du1point8

16,205 posts

77 months

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mission resumes in 30mins...

Condi

3,699 posts

56 months

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The website has been open at work all day - I was hoping for a nice distraction during work hours!

BrabusMog

6,545 posts

71 months

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mattnunn said:
Hmmm.... Roswell New Mexico...

Could we be looknig at alien technology here? "Baumgartner" is that german for half man half zoidian?
I'm afraid the literal translation is Flower-Gardner

BrabusMog

6,545 posts

71 months

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mattnunn said:
Hmmm.... Roswell New Mexico...

Could we be looknig at alien technology here? "Baumgartner" is that german for half man half zoidian?
I'm afraid the literal translation is Flower-Gardner

JonnyFive

27,669 posts

74 months

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So we're looking at 6:30pm now?

mini me

707 posts

78 months

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BrabusMog said:
I'm afraid the literal translation is Flower-Gardner
Isn't it tree gardener?

BrabusMog

6,545 posts

71 months

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mini me said:
Isn't it tree gardener?
It could be, I'm pissed.
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