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Old 12-20-2017, 11:38 PM   #286
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I think it would be very surreal to come back from ISS and step out into a grassy field in the middle of nowhere. It seems like psychological "returned to Earth" would be much stronger than a water landing, where you basically still can't touch the ground and probably won't be exposed to a natural area for some time (aside from the ocean).
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Old 12-20-2017, 11:46 PM   #287
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 I think it would be very surreal to come back from ISS and step out into a grassy field in the middle of nowhere. It seems like psychological "returned to Earth" would be much stronger than a water landing, where you basically still can't touch the ground and probably won't be exposed to a natural area for some time (aside from the ocean).
Imagine you return from space and land in a frozen lake... Soyuz 23 was the only space mission where the flight engineer was better qualified for the landing than for the mission (Former deep sea diver)....
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Old 12-22-2017, 12:12 AM   #288
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 Mannequin Skywalker

Back in early 1960's, Russian when testing capsules for VOSTOK launched
fully suited dummies into orbit.

The Dummy had a sign in the face piece of the helmet announcing that this was a dummy and not some space alien!
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Old 12-22-2017, 12:36 AM   #289
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 Back in early 1960's, Russian when testing capsules for VOSTOK launched
fully suited dummies into orbit.

The Dummy had a sign in the face piece of the helmet announcing that this was a dummy and not some space alien!
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivan_I...tok_programme)

Still, Blue Origin's dummy has a funnier name.
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Old 01-10-2018, 09:00 AM   #290
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Somehow missed this the other day... BE-4 has hotfired!

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Old 03-02-2018, 07:17 AM   #291
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Factory at the Cape looks largely complete:



Can't wait to see more.
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Old 03-14-2018, 04:36 PM   #292
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BE-4 has apparently been hotfiring quite a bit lately, and the latest test ranat 65% power for 114 seconds:
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Old 03-14-2018, 04:38 PM   #293
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Yeah, 65% because it was a mixture ratio sweep.
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Old 03-15-2018, 05:22 AM   #294
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Exciting to see.
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Old 03-30-2018, 06:00 AM   #295
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Two bits of news...

First:
Blue Origin switches engines for New Glenn second stage

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Blue Origin quietly changed the design of its New Glenn rocket around the beginning of the year in order to hold to a 2020 first launch and increase the range of orbital missions the rocket can complete.

Although the company’s website still shows New Glenn with a second stage powered by a reignitable version of the BE-4 it is developing to power the main stage of both New Glenn and United Launch Alliance’s Vulcan rocket, that configuration is now out of date.

A Blue Origin executive told SpaceNews the company is shelving development of a vacuum-optimized version of BE-4 and will instead use vacuum-optimized versions of flight-proven BE-3 engines for New Glenn’s second stage and optional third stage.
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Wanted at Blue Origin: an astronaut experience manager to ‘help delight customers’

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Jeff Bezos’ spaceflight company Blue Origin is inching ever closer to launching tourists into sub-orbital space. But before that happens, the venture wants to hire someone to make future trips to the vacuum a very high-class experience.

Blue Origin recently posted a job ad for an “Astronaut Experience Manager” on its website, a gig that’s unlike most you’ll find in the aerospace industry. Whoever is hired for the position will be less focused on the minutiae of engineering and more concentrated on creating a full, luxurious adventure for customers flying with the company.
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Old 04-27-2018, 05:57 PM   #296
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Here we go
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Old 04-28-2018, 07:22 AM   #297
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A "launch window" for a suborbital hop, hmm...
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Old 04-28-2018, 07:59 AM   #298
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You mean its going to be a surprise-to orbit...?

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Old 04-29-2018, 09:15 AM   #299
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About 4.5h to go:
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