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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Last post by BillCable on August 19, 2016, 02:25 PM »
As soon as we hit the singularity, AI will figure out all the solutions in a matter of hours.   ;D

Right now the biggest problem getting to Mars is radiation.  Second biggest is protection from random debris.  Neither insurmountable, but both very difficult.  A space elevator would solve both pretty quickly.
Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Last post by Matt_Fury on August 19, 2016, 02:17 PM »
Hell, I keep thinking about how much we have learned about the universe just in my lifetime!  Before Voyager, we thought all the moons in our solar system were cold, geologically dead worlds.  Now they are some of the most promising places to find alien life!  Black holes and the kuiper belt only existed in theory and we had no proof of planets outside of our solar system.

What will we learn in the next 45 years?!
Rogue One / Re: Rogue One TIE Striker
« Last post by Darby on August 19, 2016, 02:01 PM »
Seems at least to me the NERF thing is removable. Could be wrong, so pinch of salt and all that.
Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Last post by Rob on August 19, 2016, 01:47 PM »
It's amazing to think about... I read it would take like 80,000 years to get there with today's tech though.

Article says 20 years with a Count Dooku solar sail.

The 80,000 years number is how long it would take the fastest man-made object to date to get there.  So yeah, we could do better with investment and big ideas. 

That said, we're talking about entirely untested and unproven technology and I have a hard time believing their math... 4.4 light years away in 20 years is more than 20% the speed of light - it's more like 25%.  Also it takes a long long time to get up to that speed, so I don't think that time is factored into that math.  Then you have to stop somehow unless you're just planning to fly by, which takes energy and time as well.  We're decades if not centuries away from getting a probe anywhere near this thing is all I'm saying.

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One TIE Striker
« Last post by GrandMoffNick on August 19, 2016, 01:38 PM »
I love the look of this thing. And the NERF feature doesn't bother me. I could be wrong, but I think the NERF feature adds more kid sales than it takes away collector sales. So whatever.
Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Last post by Dave on August 19, 2016, 12:19 PM »
I assumed the 20 years for the solar sailor would be for an unmanned craft. 

Heck, they can't really figure out how to get a manned craft to Mars and back and that would only take a year or so.
Rogue One / Re: Rogue One TIE Striker
« Last post by Dave on August 19, 2016, 12:12 PM »

I know some people hate the Nerf element to the toys, but I remember playing with my Battlestar Galactica toys as a kid with the shooting missiles - not the "fixed" version that prevented them from firing.  I loved having a Cylon vs. Viper battle with my buddies where you could shoot the little plastic missiles at each other's ship.

I think having the Nerf functionality in both an Empire and Rebel ship will be a cool play feature.
Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Top 5 Hotties
« Last post by Master_Phruby on August 19, 2016, 11:49 AM »
Hope Solo - Soccer player. I hear she has a brother name Han.

Rogue One / Rogue One TIE Striker
« Last post by Jeff on August 19, 2016, 11:25 AM »

Ooh, I like this one better than the U-Wing.  Probably easier to cheat the scale on a smaller wing TIE like this one.  Plus 5POA Pilot doesn't bother me since I already have lots of SA TIE Pilots. 

Guessing this TIE will still sadly be $40 like the TFA TIE was. Price of doing business I guess. Hopefully there will be some Target coupons or sales to help take the sting out.
Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Last post by Nicklab on August 19, 2016, 10:35 AM »
A spacecraft capable of travelling at 20% of lightspeed would have to be generations away.  Voyager I is about 11 billion miles out, and that's still in the Kuiper belt.  But a manned mission to another system?  Just being able to provision a spacecraft for that voyage would be an incredible feat.  And would it be possible to put a crew in some form of stasis/hibernation for the journey?  I would also think that navigating through interstellar space to a nearby system would be an unprecedented challenge, too.
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