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Old June 21st 04, 04:16 PM
Rick DeNatale
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I'm probably not going to be the first to post this, but SS1 just landed
after successfully reaching 62 miles altitude!
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Old June 22nd 04, 12:15 AM
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Alan Erskine wrote:

not
the cause itself.



It's unlikely that the buckling was caused by any kind of 'rapid expansion'
(explosion) event - that would surely have left holes, not buckling. It
might have been the change in temperature or the differential between
internal temps (near the engine, after all) and external temps.


They just showed it on television; it's a pretty good-sized dent just
ahead of the rocket nozzle.
Watching today's flight, I realized why the White Knight/Spaceship One
combo looked so familiar
Once again, those W.W. II German secret weapons boys got there first:
http://www.luft46.com/db/dbbomba.html
"MEIN FUHRER! I CAN VALK!" :-)

Pat

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Old June 22nd 04, 12:18 AM
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Pat Flannery wrote:


Once again, those W.W. II German secret weapons boys got there first:
http://www.luft46.com/db/dbbomba.html



Actually, this one is even closer to the design:
http://www.luft46.com/db/dbbombb.html

Pat

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Old June 22nd 04, 01:30 AM
Alan Erskine
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"Pat Flannery" wrote in message
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Pat Flannery wrote:


Once again, those W.W. II German secret weapons boys got there first:
http://www.luft46.com/db/dbbomba.html



Actually, this one is even closer to the design:
http://www.luft46.com/db/dbbombb.html

Pat


Always reminds me of the Buck Rogers ship from the old B&W ("Black and
White" and "Buck and Wilma") serial.


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not the fifteen GWB proposes.
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Old June 22nd 04, 02:18 AM
Mary Shafer
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On Mon, 21 Jun 2004 11:16:42 -0400, Rick DeNatale
wrote:

I'm probably not going to be the first to post this, but SS1 just landed
after successfully reaching 62 miles altitude!


Little though I want to contradict you, when last I checked the story
the altitude still wasn't confirmed. That was fairly late today.

Cool, isn't it?

Mary

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Old June 22nd 04, 03:21 AM
Rick DeNatale
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On Mon, 21 Jun 2004 18:18:07 -0700, Mary Shafer wrote:

On Mon, 21 Jun 2004 11:16:42 -0400, Rick DeNatale
wrote:

I'm probably not going to be the first to post this, but SS1 just landed
after successfully reaching 62 miles altitude!


Little though I want to contradict you, when last I checked the story
the altitude still wasn't confirmed. That was fairly late today.

Cool, isn't it?


Well, I don't know if or when it was confirmed, but the flight was the #1
story on MSNBCs countdown this evening, and they showed the pilot (is it
Mevill or Melvill I've seen it both way) being presented Astronaut wings
ostensibly by an FAI representative.

Did anyone catch exactly what Burt Rutan said about the re-entry mode
being historical. He made a point about it being safer. Of course, it
wouldn't work to dissipate the kinetic energy for an orbital re-entry,
would it?
 




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