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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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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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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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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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Proposal: Add to the list of off-topic questions "Questions that obviously cross the border from peaceful space exploration to militaristic uses of space are off-topic. In particular, do not ask how to target a specific point on the surface of the Earth from space."


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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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