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I think it would be on topic because they are employed (at least in this instance) for the purpose of a space launch.


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I agree, to take that wording literally would wipe out hundreds of interesting questions about space exploration history. (Unless, I guess, the questioner is writing a book about space exploration)


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There are a couple of problems here: No one is required to sacrifice their time to explain things to you. Of course, getting further information can be necessary, but it absolutely doesn't have to come from a specific person. When someone takes an action for a reason that is not clear, it can be difficult sometimes for others to fill in the gaps, but that's ...


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The practical problems bit was placed for Stack Overflow. It doesn't apply to every site. Very few questions on this site are facing real life problems, and that doesn't apply to this site.


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You're right, I should have vtc with a comment explaining why. Done.


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The relevant bit here isn't whether it's a weapon or not. It's whether the question has any relevance to space exploration. The question on how long till the ICBM hits is entirely off topic. It's also not a good question anyway - it has a couple of flawed assumptions, the time given was a rough guide anyway, and simple maths gives you the answer (as does ...


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I will argue that anyone capable of building an ICBM already has the capability to figure out basic orbital mechanics. Therefore, who will such a question ban actually protect? To compare it to the exiting off-topic ruling of dangerous amateur experiments, that one protects people who can find a way to injure themselves given a litre of hydrazine, which is ...


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I'm against preemptive block-banning any question on the military use of space. We'd have to remove all questions about Space Force or military satellite launches, and I can't imagine a tighter boundary that can be easily drawn either. There's plenty of publicly available information on space-based weapons and questions about that should remain on-topic. I ...


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There are many fields of science and engineering that overlap space exploration. Certainly chemistry is one, as is physics, biology, geology, etc. Chemistry is important to space exploration in more ways than just combustion chamber relations - there are the reactions that take place in fuel cells, in the shocks of reentry vehicles, in life support equipment,...


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We encountered this very question on Security Stack Exchange. Almost every use of tools or techniques a company could use to discover weaknesses in their environment that need fixing are exactly the same tools an attacker would use, so many questions posted could be for good or evil. And in many countries, assisting attackers can come under misuse of ...


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I agree with uhoh's answer that each question should be considered on its own merits, rather than outright banning a category. However, I think there are a few points worth adding. For a question under consideration, imagine taking all of the space exploration related aspects out of the question. Then ask yourself, "is this still a question that can ...


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This should be on topic. It's a bit borderline, but would fall under the realm of planetary science and orbital mechanics, both of which are valid subjects here. The same question would also be on topic at Physics, but that shouldn't preclude it from being on topic here as well.


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Topicality This is addressed in @called2voyage's answer but I'll add the following: I'm the author of the linked comment which includes: ...so I think it's a great follow-up question. Please consider just posting it as a new one and linking back here for background. It would only need to be a sentence or two max, and could use the same tags" and the ...


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Chemical reactions should need to demonstrate that they are suitable for use in a rocket engine, before they can be considered on-topic here. Otherwise, you are literally opening up every possible chemical reaction for discussion. The reaction could end up being endothermic, or producing a black tarry deposit, and we've gained nothing by the question. ...


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