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Congratulations Britain on your first spacewalk
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>>53700294
space travel is cool
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how come the canadians did it earlier?
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There truly is no boundary this based god cannot walk across
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And it only took them 60 years. Another hundred and they'll figure out all that "building your own rockets" stuff.
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>>53700391
They finally achieved something when they built that robot arm so we gave them a pity ride.
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>>53700391
DUDE
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FIRST SPACEWALK ?
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>>53700542
We're not doing rockets, it's not practically feasible to launch rockets from this latitude except for very specific orbits. Anything we need to launch into space we get it done by France, India or Russia.

Instead of wasting money on rockets, the government is getting behind the Skylon spaceplane. It may work it may not, but it's better than rockets and reusable
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>>53700542
US/RU/CN Martian colony when?
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>>53700698
>it's not practically feasible to launch rockets from this latitude except for very specific orbits
why not?
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>>53700795
We're too far from the equator. It requires more energy to launch from Britain than it does from somewhere near the equator, because the Earth bulges at the equator.

That's why the Russians mostly use Kazakhstan, the French use their South American territory, and the USA uses Florida or southerly places

I think a more northern launch would only be useful for polar orbits.

So, you can laugh at us as much as you like for not launching vertical rockets, but there's really no point in us building them. We are instead going to build a British spaceport for spaceplanes, like Skylon and Virgin Galactic, which can actually be launched from the UK thus contributing to our domestic space industry
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>>53701079
I wasn't laughing, I was just curious. Britain has no land near the equator suitable for rocket launches?
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>>53701268
Britain lost essentially all of their territories.
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>>53700294
>>53700294
It's kind of lame to bring a Brit up there because when they pass over Mecca he will need to pray, interrupting the mission.
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>>53701322
devastating banter
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>>53701079
>Weather
>Operations would require favourable weather conditions

So, the project is doomed? kek
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>>53701303
Still a bunch of carribean islands, but no one is going to build space infrastructure there
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>>53701079

based skylon
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>>53701322
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>>53701268
We have some islands near the equator but they're very small and not really suitable, or they're already used by the military. Developing our own rockets for use on someone else's launchpad wouldn't work, because why would they use ours instead of theirs?

And it's not as simple as "develop a more powerful rocket", the land at the equator moves around 500km/h faster than land at the poles, which is a huge difference when the rocket is launched, and if you think about it commercially it's so much more cost effective for equator launches

The British thing to do in these circumstances is innovate, develop new technology which works better despite our natural limitations, and then compete with the rest. This is what we are doing rather than following the pack
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>>53701612
>This is what we are doing
Half a century later the results are still 0. That is the British way.
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>>53701612
>That is the british way
Unfortunately you can't kill natives anymore to accomplish anything.
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>>53700362
commercially is a waste tho
i hope they're able to take pioneers to space sometime soon
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>>53701734
In the late 50s the British government kind of gave up on space, we were crippled by debts and the cost of winding down the empire was enormous. The government had to stop all sorts of ambitious things, which was a shame. But that was the reality of our situation - we just couldn't afford it.

Nowadays we can afford to invest in space again. Plus today the technology exists which allows the development of spaceplanes. We didn't have this in the 1950s.
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When will skylon's first flight be?
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>>53702041
Who knows, they haven't even built a prototype yet, they've only proven the concept works. It will be many years
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>>53700578
SPACE WEED
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>>53702171
AYY
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>>53700391
how come italians did it earlier
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>>53702252
have any nice portubros gone up to space yet?
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>>53702207
LMAO
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>>53702267
do you think ESA would choose a portuguese to a german, french, UK, italian? its a shame really. nothing we can do about it.
I did read an article that a portuguese scientist had applied for nasa for a commercial astronaut position or whatever the term was
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>>53702455
>do you think ESA would choose a portuguese to a german, french, UK, italian?
w-why not
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>>53702581
thats how europe works, stronger countries profit, weaker fight to stay afloat. They also contribute more to the ESA's budget so thats ok,
Half the flags on the ESA thingy are just a formality
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>>53703010
That's sad. They should choose the best european candidates no matter their cunt.
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>>53703317
>The Corps currently consists of fourteen members from Denmark, Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
>14 astronauts
>8 countries
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>>53700543
>We
Doesn't the U.S rely on Russian engines?
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>>53703458
>not even a nice pole
shameful
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>>53700294
One day that will be me desu
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>>53700294
>Britain's first spacewalk

It's 2016. come on
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>>53701079
> because the Earth bulges at the equator.

get your facts straight. $v = \omega r$, but hey, noone expected you to get that right, as you've just recently...
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>>53704775
No need to bully Great Britain
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>>53700391

Mostly because Canadians (and Australians) in general have surpassed britain in quality of life and IQ
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>>53702080
>they've only proven the concept works

They've proven their cooling system works. Which is great.

But even the gliders and super/hyper sonic that the US and USSR built with their finest engineers proved to be astoundingly difficult and expensive to build.

Skylon will be even more complicated than those and so far they have produced no sensible financial plan.

Their minimum figure to just break even was $12 billion dollars and that's after they begin production and deliveries.

Also their plan is to lease the aircraft, not sell it. Which is fucking bizarre.

RE is a very weird company.

They absolutely refuse to partner up with American or other European aerospace firms, they share very little information about their technology, etc

They remind me of Robert Goddards private endeavours.
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I like the current ESA system.
The director of our national aerospace agency became the ESA director last year and this almost guarantees the flight of this guy to the moon.
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>>53709446
Portugal should get their chance first desu
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>>53709791
>moortugal
We pay the bills, we call the shots.
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>>53710014
>implying the first "german" to walk on the moon won't be named Muhammad
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>>53710067

Muslims think the earth is flat so good luck with that one.
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>>53705595
>RE is a very weird company.
>They absolutely refuse to partner up with American or other European aerospace firms, they share very little information about their technology, etc

So? The USA does exactly the same thing, with the F-22 fighter for example. You are being very hypocritical.
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>>53705595
>>53711585
To be more specific, the company that makes the F-22 is Lockheed Martin. Despite being a "very weird company" according to you because they don't sell one of their products or share information, they are a very successful company
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