Justified & Ancient
- Mar 12, 2015
- NW UK
They need to send Howard Wolowitz up there.This is their number 1 problem.
SpaceX is taming some toilet troubles in its capsules before it launches four more astronauts.
The company and Nasa want to make sure the toilet leaks will not compromise the capsule launching early on Sunday from Kennedy Space Centre or another one that has been parked at the International Space Station since April.
During SpaceX’s first private flight last month, a tube came unglued, spilling urine on to fans and beneath the floor, said William Gerstenmaier, a SpaceX vice president who used to work for Nasa. The same problem was recently discovered inside the Dragon capsule at the space station, he told reporters on Monday night.
As a permanent fix, SpaceX has welded on the urine-flushing tube that is inside the company’s newest capsule, named Endurance by its US-German crew. Nasa is not quite finished reviewing the last-minute fix.
SOURCE: https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2021/11/30/SpaceX-Elon-Musk-Raptor-engine-bankruptcy/6501638291466/Elon Musk: SpaceX faces possible bankruptcy because of engine woes
SpaceX founder Elon Musk told his employees the space company faces a "genuine risk of bankruptcy" because of its struggles in developing its engine for its Starship flights.
In an email obtained by the website Space Explored, Musk called the company's struggle with its Raptor engine production at its base in Boca Chica, Texas, a "crisis." The Starship is a hulking space vehicle created to deliver goods and people to the moon and eventually Mars. ...
"What it comes down to, is that we face a genuine risk of bankruptcy if we can't achieve a Starship flight rate of at least once every two weeks next year," Musk said in the email. ...
"Unfortunately, the Raptor production crisis is much worse than it had seemed a few weeks ago," Musk said. ...
Musk recently said that a "complete design overall" of the engine was necessary." ...
There are speculations the email is fake.Elon Musk has advised SpaceX employees there's a real risk of bankruptcy owing to problems in developing and deploying a reliable rocket engine for its Starship vehicle.
Chinese? They had some space junk hitting Earth a week or two ago.Baad News.
Pictures show huge pieces of space junk, suspected to be from a SpaceX rocket, that crashed to Earth and landed on sheep farms in Australia.
Sheep farmer Mick Miners first came across a strange, charred object on his ranch, south of Jindabyne, in the Snowy Mountains, New South Wales on July 25.
"I didn't know what to think, I had no idea what it was," Miners told ABC Australia at the time.
Another piece was also discovered by his neighbor, Jock Wallace.
Now, somebody else has come forward to ABC Australia, having found another piece of junk on July 14, in Moonbah. The space junk is thought to be linked to a sonic boom heard across the area on July 9. People also saw a streak of bright light across the sky at the same time.
When a rocket is launched, parts of the craft break away from the main payload and fall back down to Earth. Most of these pieces burn up when the hit the atmosphere, however some large pieces may remain intact. These pieces usually land in the ocean, which makes up two thirds of the Earth's surface. But on occasion, they can hit land.
A picture shows the space junk found in the snowy mountains. A loud bang was heard a few days before the first piece was discovered.BRAD TUCKER ...
What I don't understand it why send up satellites that are prone to damage by geomagnetic storms as they happen from time to time?I wonder if Branson or Bezos were behind the storm?
SpaceX has lost dozens of satellites after they were hit by a geomagnetic storm a day after launch, causing them to fall from orbit and burn up.
Such solar "storms" are caused by powerful explosions on the sun's surface, which spit out plasma and magnetic fields that can hit the Earth.
The company, owned by billionaire Elon Musk, said up to 40 of 49 satellites from last week's launch were hit. They had been due to join its Starlink satellite internet project.
Starlink is Mr Musk's bid to provide high-speed internet using thousands of orbiting satellites. The system is relatively expensive, but can be used in places where wired connections cannot. For example, in Tonga, where January's earthquake severed the island's nation's undersea data cable, a Starlink station is being built in nearby Fiji to help restore access.
The latest 49 satellites were deployed about 210km (130 miles) above the Earth's surface. SpaceX said "each satellite achieved controlled flight" after being sent up on 3 February. However, a day later, the geomagnetic storm hit the Earth. It is the same kind of mechanism that creates aurorae like the Northern Lights, but it can have dangerous effects too.