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Where can a person find help in developing a nuclear drive for space travel? [closed]

Sometimes my most complex thoughts are when I sleep. Just before I wake like an Epiphany recently. I thought of type of drive that can split one atom at a time behind a shield using an atom injector. ...
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Can someone explain to Chris, why not to change answers

the two answers here https://space.stackexchange.com/a/17138/3289 are.... A - all points on earth see GPS equally B - the poles do not see GPS equally I am in camp A, and my pal Chris is camp B. ...
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One person has all the power?

How is it on other Stack Exchanges it takes multiple votes to close a question, but on Space Exploration one person has the power to close a question even if it is not requested by others?
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Is this apparently recurring problem with links just a coincidence? Anyone else seen it?

This proposed edit to repair a few spaces in front of a link (shown there as "http://%20%20http//library.sciencemadness.org/library/books/ignition.pdf" is the third time in the last week I've seen ...
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Does this forum support hobby rockets

I mean, there is a difference between a Saturn V, which is impressivly tall, and a small 18 inch hobby rocket. Does this forum accept questions about hobby rockets or only actual space exploration.
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Planetary and Lunar Landing: Documents & other References

I suppose it is appropriate to put this category of questions on meta. This is too broad but I am looking for resources and references for Lunar/Planetary landers/landing. Looked up NTRS using a ...
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Winter Bash 2016: Do we want hats?

It's that time of year again! The year is rapidly coming to a close, which means even though we typically hate it, it’s time to have some fun...with hats! That’s right - it’s time for Winter Bash ...
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Requesting to undelete my answer to equatorial rocket launch

I got my answer deleted for the question, Is there any advantage in launching spacecraft from a high latitude, or why was Plesetsk built so far north? I spent quite some time researching this ...
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Too Broad in Space Exploration?

Is this exchange for only technical questions? Or is there a place for higher level curiosity questions? According to http://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/43283/space-exploration the questions ...
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Pod Bay bug, or SE chat feature by design?

I don't think the pod bay has a "meta" so I'll try to ask here? I dropped this link into the pod bay, hoping to see the link in blue font. Instead I got a vanity picture of Matt Damon and a summary ...
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I had my question marked as duplicate by people who don't know the technology. How do I dispute?

My question about use of ramjets for second stage of rocket launch was tagged as duplicate by several users, and subsequently marked as duplicate. I found no way to dispute that (I edited the post, ...
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Does Space Exploration beta enforce a question ban?

I have been looking around the site for several days now, and no where I have I seen any mention of a question asking ban. By saying question asking ban, I mean the ban enforced when a user repeatedly ...
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Should we edit a date into questions that are moving targets?

For example, this question is very time-bound: What landings beyond Mars and the Moon are scheduled? (asked 15 June 2016) In a few years parts of the answer will be obsolete, and new missions will ...
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Software tools for space exploration available online

There are a lot of calculators, simulators, plotters, visualizers, and libraries of bits of code and models and such online. Many of us are aware of a bunch of them, and they are great learning tools ...
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Are we downvoting enough?

Stack Exchange has a built in system that blocks a user from asking more questions if their others have been low quality. From this Help Center page: Stack Exchange has automatic filters in place ...
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I most strongly object!

I had a comment deleted and than had an answer converted to a comment on this question, Why does DSCOVR's camera EPIC see at least 13 sunrises and sunsets per day? NASA occasionally posts woo ...
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Is passing Beta in the near future? [duplicate]

I was looking at the Area51 stats and everything is in the 'OK' or 'Excellent' category. The biggest hurdle is/was questions per day. Currently it is at 6.4 per day, with 10 per day the goal. Does ...
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The cFS question was closed and deleted too early

This question, What are the uses of the NASA core Flight System (cFS)?, while perhaps too broad and perhaps not well written, was in my opinion closed far too early. Flight software is a huge ...
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What is the difference between [crewed-spaceflight] and [crewed-missions]?

I noticed that we have two tags that appear to be very closely related: crewed-spaceflight (171 questions) and crewed-missions (23 questions). The question overlap between them is minimal; only four ...
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Should we be more aggressive in handling conspiracy theory answers to unrelated questions?

Every so often, we get some crank coming by and polluting reasonable questions with often unrelated conspiracy theories, usually about moon hoaxes and what-not. When I see these, I generally flag as ...
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What to do when I feel the status-bydesign tag was added too soon or is not really justified?

In this question I describe a situation where I'm looking for a tag that begins with the word ion - as in a charged atom. In this case I expected there to be a tag like ...
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Should “deep-space-network” and “dsn” be merged?

Should the tags deep-space-network and dsn be merged? See this question for example. Also, I used the optical for optical communications, it seems like a vague ...
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Group of comments disappear without a “moved to chat” message

A few minutes ago a block of comments disspeared from below this answer. When that happens, isn't there usually a residual message that says they've been "moved to chat" or something similar? I'm just ...
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Is there a story behind this “internet artifact” (result of mistyped SX SE url)?

I am often guilty of TUItmC (Typing while Under the Influence of too much Coffee. Today I accidentally typed space (dot) stackexchnage (dot) com with stachexchange ...
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This site has accessibility problems

In my opinion, too many questions and too many answers rely on images and videos. To be accessible to the visually impaired, authors who use images in their questions and answers should write ...
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No Migration Without Representation!

The title is a pun on "No taxation without representation!" a famous slogan referring to an authoritative imperial power. I'm curious - for someone who is active here, why not just ask me if I'd ...
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Should we have a composite materials tag?

There are a number of questions related to composite materials: https://space.stackexchange.com/search?q=%22composite+materials%22+is%3Aquestion https://space.stackexchange.com/search?q=composites+-%...
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Is clarification of someone's question always 'solely up to the asker' and a waste of my time?

This comment states "It is up to the asker to clarify the intention of their question. Doing so on their behalf is rarely a good use of one's time". When I read the question Why does the ...
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Necessary to edit a question to show it's not a duplicate, or is a comment sufficient?

My question was marked as an "exact duplicate" of another question. I feel it is different in two important ways and I've left a comment to that effect. But then I read the duplicate message more ...
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Why the change in moderators?

I like to think that Stack Exchange as a whole is fairly transparent in their processes, and that because of this the communities are trusting of decisions that are made. One thing that happened last ...
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Is “here I googled it for you, please google this topic for more information” the best quality answers we can give?

In my recent question here: What advancements towards Mars were made during Scott Kelly and Mikhail Kornienko's "1 year" journey? 2 answers have come in yet to me they read like: "I ...
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Is it alright to open a chat room for a space advocacy project on another site?

I run Moonwards, a website working to develop a virtual Moon colony that is technically and scientifically realistic. It is a small site so far, and I am actively seeking collaboration. It has a forum ...
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Definition of [outer] space in SX SE

While looking for arguments to reopen this question I searched for a clear definition of outer space on SX. And up till now I think this definition is not made. If we can agree on space starting ...
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Can we get a tag for the Tsiolkovsky Rocket Equation?

I just edited the tags of this question. I'm surprised we don't have a tag for the Tsiolkovsky Rocket Equation. Shouldn't we have one?
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Future editor comments, a terrible idea?

Check the revision history (under "edited <date>") to see the question. EDIT: Between this line and the previous, there are many lines that are not rendered because SE think they are just HTML ...
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What is the status of Space SE's beta rating?

What is the status of Space SE's beta rating as of January 2016, and when will we become a fully graduated site?
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getting in touch with ADCS/GNC engineers

I would like to publish an abstract/paper pretty soon about ADCS engineering. As I am learning about ADCS-engineering on my own I'd like to discuss the different results of my researches with people ...
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Should we merge launch-site and launchpad tags?

launch-site tag's description: Questions on launch complexes, spaceports or other locales for the launch of spacecraft. launchpad tag's description: Questions regarding structures used to aid ...
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Truth vs Presentation

In this question some feedback made me wonder, what matters more in an answer, truth or presentation style?
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Is it appropiate to post a question just to get some kind of reward?

The game-like reward system of stack exchange may sometimes tempt people to post a question or an answer just to get "imaginary internet points" Should this practise be dis-encouraged?
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Should I vote for (recommending) deletion on an answer that's just had a post notice put on it?

The mods here use post notices more than many sites, which I think is kinda nice. But unfortunately that means the general guidance on how to work with those is a bit lacking. If an answer has a post ...
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How to improve the question about the design of the controller in lunar lander?

Criticism on the UX of the control panel of the lunar module I'm not new to SE, but new to here. This question is closed as unclear, and well, I agree with that. The question comes from my poor ...
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How many Space Exploration Members are active in the space industry?

This question really has very little relevance, and truly is only being asked from my own curiosity but; How many Space Exploration Stack Exchange members are active in the space industry? To ...
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Am I alone in not seeing featured meta posts?

All I see is "Upcoming events" (am a Firefox user). I haven't looked closely at the CSS but have a nagging feeling that Upcoming events and Featured meta-posts somehow preempt each other, and compete ...
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Should Fuel and Propellant be merged?

I'm trying to decide if there is any meaningful difference between fuel and propellants. They both seem to cover the same thing, namely the fuel of a spacecraft. I suppose fuel is slightly more ...
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Is this question about orbit arc length and elliptic integrals on-topic, or is there a form of it that would be on-topic?

I found summat and would like to share it, so others may avoid the waste of time I spent sorting it out. See broken link here and broken link here (see comment below). Is that on-topic? I have a ...
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Sponsorship proposal - the Annual Meeting of the Lunar Exploration Analysis Group

This meeting is held every year by LEAG, a division of NASA that oversees lunar exploration objectives. It is attended by the best in the area of lunar science and exploration. This year I am going ...
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Keeping out of censorship, politics, sex, and religion?

Should users with editorial powers go around and "fix" the following items: an original poster's (frivolous or not) mention of the Lord (this); personal pronouns (replacing "he" for s/he or she or ...
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Summer of Space

There are 3 large potentially helpful sources of questions that are going on right now. I suggest we take as much advantage of them as possible, to see if we can get this site promoted to the next ...
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Let's try and answer the unanswered questions!

Let's see what we can do to answer the unanswered questions. I was able to answer one about cryogenic propulsion recently, and I'm suspecting more can be answered. I'm going to place a few bounties on ...