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Reference books: Space Mission Analysis and Design. W. J. Larson and J. R. Wertz (Editors). Microcosm Press, 1999. Space Mission Engineering: The New SMAD. James R. Wertz (Editor). Space Vehicle Dynamics and Control. Bong Wie. AIAA, 1998. Spacecraft Thermal Control Handbook: Vol.1 Fundamental Technologies. David G. Gilmore (ed.) AIAA, 2002. Space ...


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I'll officially throw my vote in here. Here's why I think I would be a good moderator here. I have worked as a student for a space mission (HiRISE Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter), worked with building 2 student satellites, and currently work as a satellite engineer for a commercial satellite communications company. I know Space Exploration. I have been a ...


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Edit 2020-01-14: Due to yesterdays firing of two highly competent and popular community managers, I am no longer willing to take on any additional moderator roles within the Stack Exchange network. I would run if and only if nobody better placed does (and of course only if the community would welcome me). My activity on Space Exploration has been moderate, ...


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Unless we're talking of outright offensive, disrespectful, sexually explicit or propaganda pieces, I see no reason to edit out, rewrite, or otherwise censor any of them for political, sexual or religious reasons. We're not in the 16th century any more. I hope. Otherwise, by the power of the great Cthulhu, God save us all! TL;DR - Edit to improve ...


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I'm a retired shuttle engineer with 30 years experience in mission ops at Johnson Space Center. So, "formerly active", to answer your question directly.


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Spent a career in high performance military aviation and served in NASA's Astronaut Corp for eight years. Flew in Space once.


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I think I'd be a successful moderator, so I'll add my self-nomination I have a bit of experience as a moderator (I help look after 3 other sites as a mod - have helped one grow to graduation from early beta and am working with two others) and am hopefully considered as a fair moderator when solving issues, helping guide new visitors who have got the wrong ...


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Starman is in the Roadster, so therefore the correct tag should be Roadster. I think Starman should be a synonym of Roadster. According to Space-Track, the name is "TESLA ROADSTER/FALCON 9H", so it would seem Roadster should be the master tag. Also, Horizons calls it "Tesla Roadster (AKA: Starman, 2018-017A)", or when choosing it as an option "SpaceX ...


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5 Idiotic Space Travel Ideas (That Might Actually Work) I think we shouldn't discourage sane ideas or honest inquiries about their feasibility, even if they seem a bit far out. Many of current technologies we all use were first envisioned in Sci-Fi literature, and a lot of these ideas were seen as crazy and/or infeasible at the time. Another point could be,...


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Of course we want hats! Why are you asking?


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Why, thank you, sir. Now on to 10^7...


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The border is incredibly soft. The more diverse SE sites exist, the more complicated it becomes to put a question into a specific category. Was it ever considered at SE to implement "cross-posts" in any way? Let's say, a question is asked here in space exploration, but it is listed by the author in e.g. astronomy and physics too? From my point of view, ...


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The list of (historical and current) launch vehicle user manuals Saturn V (SA-503 flight manual, 1 Nov 1968 release) Saturn V (SA-507 flight manual, 15 Aug 1969 release, 5 Oct 1969 change) [Energiya] Delta 2 Delta 4 Atlas 5 Athena Ic and IIc Ariane 5 Vega Soyuz (from Baykonur), archived at Arianespace as of 2007-03-04 Soyuz (from Baykonur), ...


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You're making mountains out of molehills here. On the subject of PearsonArtPhoto mentioning their rep milestones in chat: it's entirely normal and reasonable to be proud of one's achievements. I don't see them asking for preferential treatment (nor would I expect them to). Your response is, frankly, a snarky overreaction. As for unsourced answers: Space.SE ...


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Thank you for your trust! I am looking forward to joining the other moderators in serving the community on Space Exploration. Looks like I already joined, shortly is short indeed.


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Fundementally, Stack Exchange likes to have something about the size of a college department. At my University (University of Arizona), there were 4 college departments that fall roughly in to the space of this site, to some extent. Lunar and Planetary Laboratory- Science of space rocks, moons, etc, with a focus on data from spacecraft. Astronomy and ...


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I am a Software Engineer active within the industry. I'm not sure what you mean by "your typical employment is related to the space industry directly", but I work in support of such programs.


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I'll bite: advancement of planetary science is currently the main goal of space exploration. Thus, on-topic at SEx.SE. Specifically: On-topic questions about lithosphere, atmosphere, hydro/cryosphere, ionosphere of Solar System bodies, if these questions can be answered with current or near future technology (regardless of where the scientific equipment is -...


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The pronoun one gets awkward for me regularly. Because about 6 of 7 people on SX are men, I have always just said 'he'. But I am a woman, and know of no others here - they are here, but I don't know who they are. It is important to me to encourage women to show their interest in fields where we have not traditionally participated. Saying 'they' to remain ...


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I work on rocket turbomachinery at the German aerospace agency DLR.


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There is a bit of an undefinable line here so I'll talk around what I see as the challenges: It would be great if we could have 100% documentation for answers, but in reality we have some people here who work directly for the space industry and may be prevented from giving any details by NDA - so their posts may be correct, but unsubstantiatable. Demanding ...


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Advice about dangerous personal amateur projects is off-topic Understand that space exploration is inherently dangerous. While there are some foolhardy people who have done amateur work in this area, the Space.SE community has decided that we will not help people engaged in amateur endeavors to get into low orbit and/or space--at least where it concerns ...


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Why doesn't Space.SE use icons yet? A simple explanation is because the site is still in Beta. All Beta SE sites (except the sponsored one, like QuantumComputing.SE and ArtificialIntelligence.SE) will have the generic beta theme, including favicon with an SE-bubble with either letter or symbol inside it. The more complex detail is... since Design-...


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The space industry as a whole doesn't always make all of its sources publicly available. Furthermore, many of the things that we talk about on this site are hypothetical situations. Sometimes getting the data is almost impossible, or we are looking for a needle in a haystack. For instance, the first few questions I see from your search of me are the ...


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The Pod Bay Dave went there to chat to Frank...seems appropriate


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As much as I hate military, in real life there is a enormous overlap between space exploration and military. E.g. a lot of technology in space is dual-use. A lot of stuff, such as rockets used for launching space probes, was developed for or by the military. A considerable number of astronauts still have a military background. The list goes on ... If this ...


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We don't artificially throttle things, if that is what you mean. We use a multi-tenancy architecture, so this site is running in exactly the same process, on exactly the same hardware, as every other site. There is some slight biasing, mainly for balancing in-memory cache for things like stackoverflow (basically, requests heading towards stackoverflow go to ...


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Voyager missions to gas giants and beyond The idea is to mark the Voyager 1 & 2 missions to gas giants of our Solar system and their continuous operation while on their way to the interplanetary space. The gas giants stack The gas giant planets are stacked vertically to create the illusion of the free space, suspended in space above the Earth at night ...


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Yes please! I believe it should be fun enough, and if someone wouldn't want any of such harmless, fun kitsch and still display our plain, vanilla Stack Exchange beta design even during the festive season, then they will have an option to opt-out in settings. From mod message: Individual users who don’t want to participate, don’t want to see hats, and/or are ...


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Bryan Christie, Harold Clenet: Missions to Mars Infographic date: February 22, 2013                Description: Harold Clenet updated Bryan Christie original Missions to Mars infographic that was prepared for IEEE Spectrum in 2007, but the updated version now includes more recent data on Mars exploration missions and adds a graph for the volume of data that ...


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