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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 Systems ...


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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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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 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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Of course we want hats! Why are you asking?


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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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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), StarSem as of ...


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


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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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Surely SE has no control over incoming links, even if they are coming from a site run by a moderator. Incoming links are usually good (unless Google have changed their algorithms again) aren't they? The things you mention - increase in traffic and new users are good and losing the "beta" tag is surely a good thing. I have links on my, largely dormant blog, ...


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


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Yes. space and exploration are now considered "intrinsic" tags (applicable to all questions) and cannot be used.


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The problem may be in the nature of this (closed) beta. There are mostly enthusiast and generally interested people around, little professionals with a background of any sort in space exploration. I think this place needs some more professionals. Let's invite them ... Somehow, I don't see this place becoming the discussion forum for space professionals ...


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I would like to nominate TildalWave. No idea if they are interested. They have been here since the beginning, have contributed smartly, and are not overly interested in impressing people. All the comments and answers here have been appropriate and well within scope. Active in both meta and main, with what looks like a long and respected history ...


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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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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 ...


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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/...


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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 ...


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This is a mock-up (not an actual printed t-shirt) with finalized new design for this event:     This is not in any capacity an official or Stack Exchange endorsed design for Space Exploration, I made it together with Kim exclusively for this LEAG event, but you can request high resolution layouts for print (for A4 or A3 size transfer paper, ...


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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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In 30 years of reading and writing in English a lot, I've never come across words with a diaeresis. Words that are spelled with accents in other languages (French, German, Dutch) invariably lose them in English. In English, the diaeresis was considered obsolete by 1960. it is far less commonly used in words such as coöperate and reënter except in a ...


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I don't feel too strongly about it, but I lean towards saying it's on-topic; we have a few "what does this terminology used by astronauts mean" questions, and just because the answer applies to aviation as well as astronautics doesn't make it off-topic. I agree that we don't need one Q/A per NATO phonetic alphabet codeword. :)


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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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