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My take on this. The Space Shuttle is always a spacecraft, and occasionally a plane. That means pretty much every question you have about it is on-topic here. By contrast, only specific aspects about the shuttle are on-topic at aviation.SE, in most cases that means the landing phase. If a question is on-topic both places, you should consider where the ...


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Space is space! In addition to the exploration of space we have well-used tags on space-related activities such as (clickable links): weapon military icbm (hat tip to @DrSheldon) international-politics and even reduced-gravity-manufacturing reduced-gravity-sports reduced-gravity-cooking astronaut-lifestyle The linked Wikipedia article Operation Fishbowl ...


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The last comment there about shopping questions being general SE no-no's is pretty conclusive, as is asking for people's opinions. Both of these off-topic reasons are fairly self-evident. It looks exactly like a promotion to me btw. It doesn't matter if it is or isn't, because one can't be sure, if it looks like one, then it's probably off-topic.


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What topics should be revised, studied, or well understood, prior to the course? Have you been able to apply what you learnt? To what sort of project or system/subsystem have you applied, or will apply, your course knowledge? If you had to pay for this course yourself for professional development (and hopefully it's tax-deductible in your jurisdiction), ...


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Since it seems people are hesitant to stake out an answer, I would like to offer a suggestion. I didn't want to offer my own opinion because I wanted to give the community a chance to decide, but instead of offering an opinion I'll give an estimation of what the community wants based on what types of questions were closed. With the exception of the recently ...


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This question is about how a highly space-related technology works. We answer such questions all the time. We close questions about how to home-make stuff, most importantly fuel. The question does not ask how you would make a combustion chamber at home. It asks how one works in principle. I do not see any reason why that question should be closed.


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Machavity is spot-on. I would add one more point: Even if you are an authorized and responsible person, there are other people out there who are not Even if it were somehow okay for us to discuss these matters with the specific person asking the question, keep in mind that this site is readable by the public. We don't want some 13-year-old to try ...


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Dummy answer and one in progress for the same question allowed? I've seen answers with "in progress" or "under construction" once in a while here in Space Exploration SE, and probably used that once or twice myself. However, in all cases I've seen, it's been done to keep people for leaving comments that ask questions that are going to be answered by the ...


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Question: How do other people feel about this kind of question? It's a peculiar kind of arrogance, to try and invent radical devices when one doesn't have a grasp of the fundamentals. Before designing a flying car, it's good to know something about airplanes and cars. This is what makes it so annoying to some. Others are better than I at patiently ...


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Relating a similar answer to another meta question... Future-predicting questions create several issues: If information about the future event is unclear, it can be difficult to clearly word the question. There is a risk for the question being closed as unclear what you are asking or too broad. Some users are more skilled at asking questions and can ...


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I frequently post minimal answers quickly. I admit that I do it in order to discourage people from posting even poorer answers — more because I find reading bad answers to be excruciating than out of competitiveness for points, honestly. However, I do try and make them actual answers, even if they’re on the sketchy side. I would deserve and expect a ...


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It was previously ruled as on topic (technically ruled as "not strictly off topic"), but this is definitely one of those borderline cases. I think we need a new meta question about what is on/off topic in regards to celestial mechanics, and the result of that discussion needs to be a final determination on this question. If the new rules decided make it off ...


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There is no contradiction between upvotes and votes to close. It happened multiple times that I casted both an upvote and a vote to close on the same question. Upvoting is for good questions. A question can be interesting, well researched, and fun, but also off-topic. In this case I will upvote and vote to close. Perhaps not if it's blatantly off-topic, ...


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I initiated the closure, so I think I should post the original reasoning I gave, along with the points on which I feel convinced that the question in question should remain closed. I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because this is an astronomy question, specifically a celestial mechanics question. And our help center clearly states that ...


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Yes, these are on topic here. Of course, as uhoh said, you may decide that other sites will get you better/quicker answers to these types of questions, but they are perfectly welcome here. That said, I'm pretty sure both of these are actually off topic on Astronomy. We have ruled that questions about spacecraft are only allowed when they are about doing ...


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Any answer must be able to stand on its own. You can absolutely revisit and improve an answer over time, providing the original answer you give is, in fact, an acceptable answer to the question. The original answer has to do at least a decent job of answering the core question, otherwise what's the point of giving an answer that isn't an answer? The ...


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I'll add a contra-position answer to permit voting. I think any questions in the Space Exploration Stack Exchange should make it clear how they are related explicitly to the exploration of space, particularly by the use of space craft. If we were to extend the remit to all topics that relate to knowledge of space, such as celestial mechanics, we end up ...


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I agree, it is not off-topic. It is firmly within the scope of planetary science which we allow here. We get a lot of questions mistakenly asked here that belong at Astronomy, and this one happens to also be on topic there, so users sometimes err on the side of marking off topic too quickly. That said, there were some other points raised in the comments to ...


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No, it is fully on topic on both sites. Overlap doesn't matter on Stack Exchange. A question always stays where it is asked, if it is on topic there. It doesn't matter if it is on topic elsewhere. As far as where users choose to ask a question, that just depends on what community they want to answer it. If they feel that the space exploration community will ...


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It's not really necessary on Space.SE There are other SE sites where the early answers have a huge advantage, even if incomplete. New answers get pushed so far down the page that they hardly get seen, accumulating votes more slowly than the earlier answers. No wonder why some people use placeholder answers. In contrast, Most questions on Space.SE ...


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