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Servers dead already (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9608431)

Fastest slashdotting ever.

JUST LIKE RUTANS' XPRIZE ATTEMPT (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9608450)

rofl lol

Re:Servers dead already (4, Informative)

gl4ss (559668) | more than 9 years ago | (#9608464)

it still works, sort of. stupid still, posting a link to a gallery site. INTO A SLIDESHOW on a gallery..

nice pics anyways..

http://www.scaled.com/projects/tierone/ [scaled.com] the official page has some stuff too like a video clip..

Re:Servers dead already (1)

Moocowsia (589092) | more than 9 years ago | (#9608623)

Woah, you actually got to see the pictures before the server went down?

Re:Servers dead already (0)

nzkbuk (773506) | more than 9 years ago | (#9608939)

The server still seems to be responding. Just give it a min or two. The slide show takes a bit to load then runs fine

Slashdotwhacking? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9608483)

Similarly to "googlewhacking", we need a name for the "sport" of finding the most vulnerable website possible (small server hosting pictures or movies through php) and getting the link accepted on frontpage Slashdot.

First Post! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9608433)

The first All-American post! Happy 4th of July, commies!

Aye! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9611235)

Et tu, comrade English [icculus.org] fagots!

asdf (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9608438)

well im not

First Post (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9608448)

First Post COCKFACES

Odoyle RULES

Re:First Post (-1, Redundant)

atompunk (87711) | more than 9 years ago | (#9608481)

Umm... actually no you weren't the first post, only the first butt-head.

-Too bad the site's been slashdotted already. BTW- when does the term "slashdotted" actually show up in the dictionary as an adjective?

-punk-

Slashdotted before the first comment! (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9608449)

this space intentionally left blank

Looks like his website is hosted by his rocket... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9608451)

...'cause its stability was real high, then it came crashin' down! Maybe he should've hosted his website on a DEC Alpha...

I'll be here all week.

Sincerily,

-Alpha Troll

YOOO HOOO! YANKEES! HEY, YANKEES!!! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9608458)

YOOO HOOO! IT IS I, ANONYMOUS COWARD YANK FLAMER!

WOO HOO HUUUUUH-MEHR-I-CAAAHNS!! ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER [slashdot.org] OF MY [slashdot.org] AWESOME FLAMES [slashdot.org] REMINDING YOU, SLASHDOT'S SHARKEYED REPUBLICAN SLIMEBAGS THAT THEY CANNOT SAY "VIETNAM".


I make it very easy for you, yes? Finish the last word in this phrase I am making you.."The situation in Iraq closely resembles a previous HUUUUH-merican military blunder in: ...."

A) VIETNAM

B) VIETNAM

or C) VIETNAM

I CAN SEE you now, you slimey republican slimebags, sitting on a pile of bloody gold in a air conditioned southern mansion given you by your parents, trying to say the word..."VUUUU"..."VEEEAAAAA..." "VEEE.....NAAA". Alas it is the useless task, much like the policing of Iraq, or imprisoning of the tourists in the cockroach plaza, Geronimo Bay, Cuba

I HAVE ANOTHER QUIZ FOR YOU YANKEES INSTEAD: WHAT DOES DICK CHENEY MESSY SHEET WET DREAM OF?

Is it:

A) Rolling around naked in a huge vagina full of crude oil.

B) Being sexually demeaned by an enormous golden cherub statue pissing gold coins into his willing mouth

C) Having an iraqi prisoner as his own personal dog-slave in the White House.

D) Owning a huge vault like the Donald Duck Disney man, only full of a enormous vat of clotted innocent blood, thick arabic oil and shiny gold ingots.

or E) All of the above

I CANNOT POSSIBLY TELL YOU THE ANSWER IS E AS IT IS LIBELLIOUS.

EXCLUSIVE TO ALL REPUBLICAN PARTY NEWS OUTLETS (READ "LIBERAL BIASED NEWS MEDIA"): TOP REPUBLICANS PLAY DOWN THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE ABU GHRAIB ABUSE


A Top Republican source explains.."They say they were stripped naked, forced into huge gay-naked pyramids and forced to masturbate by women in military uniforms. These are all things that the Republican party has to pay a great deal of money for. Maybe they'd like to check the price list at our remote but well equipped anonymous farmhouse just outside of Washington, and THEN start bitching about their supposed "mistreatment" for free.

MICHAEL THE MOOR's TOP NEW FILM UNFAHRENHEIT 9 / ELEVENTHS: A NICE PACK OF LIES TO RILE UP SLOTHFUL HUH-MER-UH-CAAAAAHNS PROLES!

Wow! the political process in the Worlds Most Advanced DemocracyTM is really something to behold my friends! First the Republicans slimebags take over the press and invent the biased, stupid lies that are breathlessly repeated everywhere until the convincing debunking (on page 17, beneath the womans soccers results), THEN the DEMOcRAT gobshites catch up and realise they can do just the same thing, only get people to pay $6 to see it!!! I wish I lived in the good old USA, where you can get rid of one presidunce surrounded by big business monied interests, and instead get in Senator John Ketchup, a big businessman surrounded by monied interests! Remember, if you don't vote for the lizards, the wrong lizard might get in!!! I WISH GOOD OL' ADAMS HADN'T PUNCHED OUT EARLY.

I can't wait to see the success of this kind of democracy in IRAQ! Add a schizophrenic, frenzied, partisan media to mindless fundamentalism, and you're sure to have a recipe for stability and economic prosperity, MON CAPITANE!!

THE MOORS NEW FILM SHOWS SHOCKING LINKS BETWEEN BUSH AND THE SAUDI GOVERNING FAMILY. ANONYMOUS COWARD YANK FLAMES DISCOVERS MORE!!!!

One is an inept political dynasty which owes its over-elevated position to nepotism, cronyism and of course the money, money, money. The other is the House of Saud. Hey! I really feels for those poor motorbike wielding oil sheikses. Who would have thoughts that the teaching of the radical US hatred in the school textbooks by the US hating Islamic radicals would lead to a generation of Saudi's who hate the Americans!!! Crazy!!! Who would have thought teaching your entire country to hate its most prominent backer and stabiliser would have a destabilising effect????

WOW! AT LAST THE HANDOVER OF THE POWER, MY FRIENDS! I'M JUST GLAD THE TERRORISTS HAD NO INFLUENCE OVER DEMOCRATIC PROCESS! THE HANDOVER WAS SECRETLY MOVED FORWARD BECAUSE NEGROPONTE WAS GOING TO SEE SPIDERMAN 2 AND DIDN'T WANT TO CANCEL!!!

How nice for the Iraqi governing coalition (there's 2 fucking oxymorons if I've ever heard 'em!) that they can finally fully GOVERN THEMSELVES. In my experienced opinion, my friends, the US appointed coalition, with the big CIAs asset Iyad Al-Allawi (previous asset Madman Hussein) heading it up, will surely take a RUGGED AND INDEPENDENT STANCE that will lead to prosperity, peace and BOAT DRINKS WITH THE PINK UMBRELLAS for all in the new Iraq. How nice of satirical impressionist Paul Bremner to personally appoint the national security chief, general intelligence chief, general inspectors for all the ministries and the chief of the broadcasting and communications for 5 year un-nullible (even by the coaliton provisional government) contracts!!! IT SAVED THOSE IRAQIS FROM ONLY FUCKING IT UP!

THAT DOESN'T REMIND ME AT ALL OF THOSE CUT OUTS YOU GET AT THE BIG FUNFAIRS WHERE YOU PUSHES YOUR HEAD THROUGH THE HOLE AND GETS YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AS A MAN HOLDING THE BEACH BALLS! GEORGIE PUSHES HIS HEAD THROUGH AND YELLS "LOOK! I'M A LEGITIMATE IRAQI GOVERNING BODY! TAKE MY PICTURE QUICK, CHENEY, BEFORE THIS FUCKER FALLS APART AROUND ME!"

HEY GUYS, I THINKS THAT GEORGIE DID LEARN SOMETHING FROM HIS TIME IN MISSING THE NATIONAL GUARD: IT'S FULL OF RICH SLACKERS LIKE GEORGE WHO WOULD MAKE GREAT CANNON FODDER TO PROTECT THE MORE EXPERIENCED TROOPS, IF THEY WOULD ONLY SHOW UP FOR DUTY. LET'S SEND ANOTHER 10,000, MON CAPITAN!


I don't know why the anti wars peoples and SenatorVietnam JohnVietnam Ketchup are complaining about the new troops!! 10,000 sounds like a lot, but if they serve just like MON COMMANDER IN CHIEFNESS DID, I'd be surprised if even 2 or 3 eventually turn up in Iraq!!!

NEW TV SHOW DISTRACTS IRAQIS FROM THEIR PAINFUL, MEAGRE EXISTENCE

Those that actually have electricity can now watch the coalition approved sitcom "Dictator on trial" in which a roughly bearded man shouts insults at his captors for 6 hours a day for the next year or so, before being shot. THAT'S JUSTICE, FOLKS!!

This post was directed at the corpselike ammoral Republican pikers that infest Slarshdot and its megaphone journals. Fuck You!

LEGAL NOTICE: America is a wholly owned subsidiary of Halliburton(c), shortly to be sold to Heinz "57 Varieties (and 52 states)" (c).

~SO


I agree. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9608817)

except for the shouting bits.
Let's try to be civilized shall we?

Very secret (4, Funny)

billstr78 (535271) | more than 9 years ago | (#9608460)

the photos are so secret that only the first 4 people to click on the photos were able to see them before the server crumbled.

Re:Very secret (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9608533)

Not only is this the most secret 'article' i've seen on slashdot, I think it's also the shortest.
Maybe thats because of how secret it is.. who knows.
Actually, thinking about how lazy the editors are, I guess it's easier to accept articles that are shorter than ever, that way there's not as likely to make a dupe.

Instant Slashdotting Bait (4, Funny)

billstewart (78916) | more than 9 years ago | (#9608605)

Is it possible to design better slashdotting bait than that? Even screenshots of a new Linux release or an MPEG of Natalie Portman making hot grits is unlikely to get hit much faster.

Re:Instant Slashdotting Bait (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9608886)

Try taking another look. It seems slow to load, but then the images seem to display fine.

Re:Instant Slashdotting Bait (5, Funny)

kfg (145172) | more than 9 years ago | (#9608918)

Is it possible to design better slashdotting bait than that?

An MPEG of Natalie Portman with hot grits down her pants installing Debian in SpaceShipOne in preperation for including it in the LEO beowulf cluster?

KFG

Re:Instant Slashdotting Bait (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9609075)

An MPEG of Natalie Portman with hot grits down her pants installing Debian in SpaceShipOne in preperation for including it in the LEO beowulf cluster?

I personally prefer gentoo...

proper terminology (1)

SuperBanana (662181) | more than 9 years ago | (#9608675)

before the server crumbled.

Oh come on, you can do better than that.

How about: "before the server lost orbit, crashed and burned". Or, "before the server went down in flames faster than Mir Space Station".

Re:Very secret (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9608953)

It's not so much that they're secret, more that the poster failed to look up 'slashdotting' in their netiquette dictionary, where they would have discovered it's polite to ask the webmaster or server admin before linking.

The server's fine, and the webserver has a few more resources available now it's apparent that the extra traffic is legitimate; if you're patient you'll get the pics, and in the meantime, it's not disrupting the other things running on the server, so everyone's ahppy.

Pictures and video at scaled.com itself (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9609927)

Perhaps these are something new.... but there is a good set of pictures, and a video, at Rutan's/Scaled Composites web site scaled.com

Hmmm (3, Funny)

bmiller949 (681252) | more than 9 years ago | (#9608461)

I saw all the images and read the FAQ on the site. There was no mention of what the in flight movie was :).

this is news? (2, Insightful)

pidhead (154105) | more than 9 years ago | (#9608484)

Uh, did you miss the launch last week? What's new here?

Re:this is news? (-1, Offtopic)

BerntB (584621) | more than 9 years ago | (#9608522)

What's new here?
Oh, probably just someone that hates the poor guy with the server.

X-Prize isn't won yet. (2, Informative)

Tatarize (682683) | more than 9 years ago | (#9608741)

You need to make two flights within a given time period and a few other things. It'll be a little while before Spaceship One can win. So the others are scambling to win.

Spaceship One: First successful flight into outerspace by a commercial company.

This thing: Pictures.

Re:this is news? (1)

C10H14N2 (640033) | more than 9 years ago | (#9610666)

Yes, for those of you who have been living without internet, television, radio or print media of any kind for the last year...

"You may have been wondering?!?!" No, no I have not, because it has been plastered across every major news outlet for at least six months.

But, erm, thanks for the "heads up." Geezuz.

/.ed (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9608495)

its dead

Other stuff to see (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9608566)

Here is some other stuff of interest about it until (if?) the server gets back on its feet:

http://www.scaled.com/projects/tierone/ [scaled.com]

Someone else posted it farther up, yes, I know. But I kept missing it because the way it's posted it looks like it's part of a sig.

WARNING! GOATSE.CX LINK! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9608500)

That fucknut burdicda is just trolling! Somehow he managed to get a link troll in the submission to Last Measure!


Oh yea, and did I ever mention that I fucked your sister like she was a shaven yak?

Anybody putting up a mirror??? (-1, Troll)

Stephen Samuel (106962) | more than 9 years ago | (#9608514)

Perhaps they're running off of the ADSL link at Rutan's home.
If I manage to get any images before I head to the beach, I'll look at putting up a mirror of my own. (but don't hold your breath).

Re:Anybody putting up a mirror??? (5, Informative)

HybridJeff (717521) | more than 9 years ago | (#9608699)

I managed to get the first 17 or so pics. If anyone wants them go to http://random6.com/spaceshipone [random6.com].

I wonder how long it'll get to kill my host :)

Re:Anybody putting up a mirror??? (1)

HybridJeff (717521) | more than 9 years ago | (#9609199)

I grabbed the rest of them from someone elses mirror so they should all be up there now.

Brookstone flat speakers (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9608556)

While we are waiting for the site to become unslashdotted, or the next story, I have a question. Has anyone here seen/bought one of those NXT flat panel systems at Brookstone? They have a clear (Acousticlear) CD player [brookstone.com], and a home theatre 5.1 CD/DVD [brookstone.com] player. They sound great in the sore. Before I fork over $475 or $500 i wanted to get other opinions.

would it kill you... (-1, Offtopic)

catbutt (469582) | more than 9 years ago | (#9608561)

to fix the grammer before posting a story?

Would it kill YOU... (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9608589)

to learn how to spell "grammar" correctly before posting a snarky remark?

Again, they're on the right track (5, Insightful)

thephotoman (791574) | more than 9 years ago | (#9608571)

I've said it before, but it's about time that the private sector got into space exploration. The government has gone about as far as it reasonably can in developing the actual process by which we go into space. Now, it should let private industry take the lead, as funding is generally more available in the private sector, and companies can often make decisions quicker than governments can.

This is also probably the best way of getting the public interested in space travel again, by involving them as participants, not just spectators.

NASA shouldn't be abandoned, as there's still room for government involvement, especially in strictly scientific missions like launching satelites. In fact, I'd propose that NASA retain its size, form, and function, but that it be a small percentage of space travel, not the majority of it originating in this country.

NASA (3, Insightful)

Bob_Robertson (454888) | more than 9 years ago | (#9608664)

I disagree with your premise entirely. NASA has been a disaster for space travel, ensuring that resources get plowed into the most inefficient, expensive, hide-bound techniques and designs. The only effort more backward is the Russian one, and at least the Russians stuck with one basic design and perfected it to the point where they have the highest lifting capacity in the world.

Getting into space might have taken longer without the whole NASA "before the end of this decade" mission statement, but once done it would have been profitable and economical. Instead, "we" wasted 43 years of time just to repeat Shepherds sub-orbital pud-knocker.

Seriously, dump NASA completely. Let the government buy commercial launch room for its spy satellites the same way they use FedEx because it works better than the USPS.

And FedEx works better for exactly the same reason that Rutan came back with everything except his fuel, a feat NASA has never accomplished!

Bob-

Abusive negative moderation (0, Offtopic)

Bob_Robertson (454888) | more than 9 years ago | (#9609230)

Might as well burn some karma and comment on the negative moderators. If you don't agree with someone, ignore them. Works much better in life as well.

Bob-

Re:Again, they're on the right track (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9608682)

No, mods, he's not insightful; he's a back-of the envelope calculating, babbling know-nothing. please mod accordingly.

under no possible spin is the vast bulk of space-related activity even remotely profitable. under no possible scenario would a private company be able to come up with the sort of funding that is required for anything but routine satellite launches. the x-prize only exists because of wealthy people willing to lose money, not because anybody thinks the project will be profitable from an investment standpoint.

your idea of passing spaceflight to the private sector is so comical it should be marked 'troll.'

Re:Again, they're on the right track (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9608835)

Let's start by launching you.

Re:Again, they're on the right track (4, Insightful)

Paddyish (612430) | more than 9 years ago | (#9608966)

I think what you're trying to articulate is this:

NASA's role is that of the explorer - opening up new frontiers, blazing the first trail to the new world. A 'proof-of-concept' style approach.

Once the trail has been established and marked, the private sector should move in and commericialize as much as possible. I think that this delegation of responsibility is the best possible balance in getting mankind permanently off of earth and beyond our solar system.

FedEx may be better than the USPS, but who came first? Government involvement opens doors. The private sector enlarges those doors and makes it easier to reach the next set of challenges.

Re:Again, they're on the right track (4, Informative)

Bob_Robertson (454888) | more than 9 years ago | (#9609202)

FedEx may be better than the USPS, but who came first?

Private mail did. Check the history books.

Bob-
(Negative moderators, vent your abuse on this one and leave the rest alone.)

Re:Again, they're on the right track (1)

wronkiew (529338) | more than 9 years ago | (#9609333)

NASA shouldn't be abandoned, as there's still room for government involvement, especially in strictly scientific missions like launching satelites.

I think what you mean is space probes, not satellites. Launching satellites is not really a science project, and NASA hasn't been involved in it since 1986.

If NASA exists only to do science, though, how would it be any different from the NSF? Is there really a need for two government agencies that do the same thing?

Seriously! (0, Offtopic)

mrbarkeeper (560018) | more than 9 years ago | (#9608588)

Check it out The Cheat: With this multi blaster rocket mari-- uhm, spaceship, we can retire TO THE MOOOOON!!

Re:Seriously! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9608902)

come on guys, this is funny as hell! how could this be modded offtopic? don't you know homestar runner?

Last year called... (5, Informative)

Hobbex (41473) | more than 9 years ago | (#9608591)

Did I just fall through a time-warp, or is something very wrong with this story?

Who, exactly is wondering what Burt Rutan is up to? I mean, I realize that not everybody cares about spaceflight, but I promise that anybody who knows who Burt Rutan IS could hardly have missed the 2010 [google.com] recent news stories about what he is up to. I guess unless they are a slashdot editor...

Oh, but wait, there are pictures of his X-Prize entry [google.com]. That is amazing!

Re:Last year called... (5, Interesting)

RedWizzard (192002) | more than 9 years ago | (#9609185)

Who, exactly is wondering what Burt Rutan is up to? I mean, I realize that not everybody cares about spaceflight, but I promise that anybody who knows who Burt Rutan IS could hardly have missed the 2010 recent news stories about what he is up to. I guess unless they are a slashdot editor...
What's worse is that the pictures are all just ripped off the Scaled Composites site's photo gallery [scaled.com]. What is the point of this article exactly? Just to reward some guy for a bit of copyright infringement?

Re:Last year called... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9610888)

You must be new here. Welcome to slashdot. We don't give a crap about journalism, fact-checking, quality-control or anything else that that would require the so-called editors to lift a finger.

I wonder what they do all day.

Re:Last year called... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9610966)

What is the point of this article exactly? Just to reward some guy for a bit of copyright infringement?

More like punish him. Webservers don't grow on trees, though if they did slashdot's taken a hammer to that nut.

Problems with their server.. (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9608615)

After posting the article on slashdot, the server admin heard a loud bang. This was probably the network card buckling under the stress. After further investigation, large amounts of M&Ms were found in the servers drive bays.

There's Always.... (1, Funny)

Bongo the Monkiii (793956) | more than 9 years ago | (#9608643)

Google Images [google.com], I suppose.

May not be exactly what the submitter intended for us to see, but it's better than nothing, plus it helps collect lots of different images all in one neat, tidy place!

Quick victory (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9608686)

I hope that Rutan wins the X Prize quickly and convincingly. He's the only one (correct me if I'm wrong) who is doing test flights. I trust him to get people into space without killing anybody. The other teams; I'm not so sure.

Desperately need the private sector (5, Insightful)

DanielMarkham (765899) | more than 9 years ago | (#9608738)

We desperately need the private sector, and things like the X-Prize.

Anyone read "The Innovator's Dilemma"? The premise of the book is that radical changes (what the author calls "disruptive technologies") can never be supported by organizations attuned to the old technologies.

Getting into space cheaply is going to require disruptive technology -- big paradigm changes. Just the nature of large organizations will keep NASA from being able to recognize or implement it. Just look at their current ideas for "X-Prize"-like contests -- they want to spread too little money over too many technologies. Who wants to compete to make the best astronaut glove? It just goes to show the agency is not capable of the radical changes we need for our space program.

Re:Desperately need the private sector (1)

Bob_Robertson (454888) | more than 9 years ago | (#9609179)

I couldn't agree more. Now, if only I could get the moderators to stop modding my comment to the same effect above (#9608664) as a "Troll"...

NASA uses FedEx. The reason: FedEx is private and therefore more efficient than the USPS.

That's why The US Government would be better off purchasing private launch space just like everybody else.

There's no reason to think that half a dozen universities wouldn't get together and build deep space probes, either.

Bob-

Priceless! (5, Funny)

CygnusXII (324675) | more than 9 years ago | (#9608743)

1. $50,000.00 for composite materials
2. $1,000,000.00 for Electronics
3. $1,000,000.00 + change for Engineering
Surviving SlashDot onslaught PRICELESS!!!

Bandwidth is fine (4, Informative)

germinatoras (465782) | more than 9 years ago | (#9608825)

The photos download just fine once their "SlideShow" software finishes rendering the HTML page that has the pointer to it. I'd recommend skipping the slide show, and getting only the thumbnails - that way you can pick and choose what photos you're willing to wait 30-60 seconds for.

http://www.rokits.org/gallery/x-prize [rokits.org]

Re:Bandwidth is fine (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9609599)

Or just go straight to the Scaled Composites site, which is where the guy stole the photos from in the first place?

Goddammit (-1, Troll)

LordSah (185088) | more than 9 years ago | (#9608912)

Is it that tough for editors to figure out that a site isn't capable of handling the traffic? This is a waste of everyone's time, and some poor sod's webserver is now gone.

Mirror (4, Informative)

DDumitru (692803) | more than 9 years ago | (#9608935)

Mirror [dumitru.com]

Mirror of images, all one one page. 39 images. 3.2 Megabytes total.

nm? (2, Insightful)

Biogenesis (670772) | more than 9 years ago | (#9609989)

They've done a horribly annoying job of mixing feet and km in this image [dumitru.com] but why have they used nm? Like did the flight reach 100km high, travel 53nm in space then come down again?

Did they screw up there or am I deeply confused about some weird measurement scanle than just happens to look like nanometers but like, isnt?

Re:nm? (1)

tenco (773732) | more than 9 years ago | (#9611434)

Did they screw up there or am I deeply confused about some weird measurement scanle than just happens to look like nanometers but like, isnt?

s/nanometers/nautical miles/

What I Want to See (1)

woosoki (38215) | more than 9 years ago | (#9609361)

Is a footage that shows from the moment you are launched into the sky to the point you get into orbit, getting thru all the clouds and numerous *spheres, like the one in one of the intros in the recent episode of the Simpsons. Anyone to provide a vidcam?

NASA days of glory are gone for good? (1)

brunokummel (664267) | more than 9 years ago | (#9609386)

Unfortunately i didnt watch the launch(so correct me if im wrong) but one thing that I quite dont undestand is how he has managed to reach the space with so little fuel in such a 'fragile' structure (considering that the pictures showed a shuttle that didnt have those ceramics plates for reentering the atmosphere).

Everytime NASA put the something in orbit, they burn that boatload of fuel, and this guy just got there in a what looks more like a giant Kite! And with what I believe being a much lower budget.

kinda justifies how NASA is loosing its prestige day after day with the american government and with public in general.

Re:NASA days of glory are gone for good? (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9609621)

He didn't go to orbit. Not even close. He was about 15,000mph short of going to orbit.

What he did was hit an altitude of 100km, barely, and fell back.

Re:NASA days of glory are gone for good? (3, Informative)

nasor (690345) | more than 9 years ago | (#9609763)

"Unfortunately i didnt watch the launch(so correct me if im wrong) but one thing that I quite dont undestand is how he has managed to reach the space with so little fuel in such a 'fragile' structure (considering that the pictures showed a shuttle that didnt have those ceramics plates for reentering the atmosphere).

Everytime NASA put the something in orbit, they burn that boatload of fuel, and this guy just got there in a what looks more like a giant Kite! And with what I believe being a much lower budget."

He didn't need heat shielding because he didn't achieve orbital velocity - which is around mach 25. Simply going into space and coming back doesn't create a problem with reentry.

You also have to keep in mind that impressive as space ship one is, it's a toy compared to an actual commercial launch vehicle. To get into low earth orbit you have to get up to about 300 miles altitude and attain a velocity of around mach 25, while Space Ship One only went up about 62.5 miles with a velocity of mach 3. Also, SSO doesn't carry any substantial payload; a commercial launch vehicle like the Delta 4 can launch 15 tons into orbit.

Re:NASA days of glory are gone for good? (1)

Nick Driver (238034) | more than 9 years ago | (#9610863)

Simply going into space and coming back doesn't create a problem with reentry.

More accurately said: It doesn't create as big of a problem with reentry :-)
The ride down is still fraught with much potential peril and opportunity for stuff to go wrong..

Re:NASA days of glory are gone for good? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9609769)

Dude, a quick Google would answer your questions, but remember this is just a quick trip to the edge of space. Also, as you may know the launch was from another airplane, piggy-backed up to very high altitude. There is no speed pre-requisite to simply reach space. SpaceshipOne never passed Mach 2. It is a sub-orbital spacecraft, not an orbital one. I suggest this link --> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SpaceShipOne for basic info.

No Good Pilot (3, Interesting)

Maxwell'sSilverLART (596756) | more than 9 years ago | (#9609406)

...would dare take off without his trusty West Bend timer! (Picture at http://sd-mirror.dumitru.com/scaled/sso042a.sized. jpg [dumitru.com])

West Bend timers...IN SPACE!

(Yes, I know that's actually White Knight's cockpit. Smile and nod.)

Time Flies :-) (1)

Nick Driver (238034) | more than 9 years ago | (#9610954)

Well my little Piper Cherokee won't hardly go any higher than about 14K' MSL, but I have no West Bend timer on board. I use a little digital stopwatch that came free with a bottle of Listerine to time my turns! Also have on board the original 35+ year old wind-up aircraft clock (Swiss-made Wakman, works perfect too), a battery-powered digital clock, the digital stopwatch function built into a Terra TriNav display, and trusty wristwatch. Oops, almost forgot my cellphone has a clock/stopwatch too.

I guess you could say that whenever I take off, that 'Time Flies' :-) har har har!!!!

Spaceflight video, with floating M&Ms! (4, Interesting)

FleaPlus (6935) | more than 9 years ago | (#9609657)

As many of you know, the pilot of SpaceShipOne released a bunch of M&M's near the top of his historic spaceflight. Scaled just recently released video of the launch [scaled.com], which includes chase plane and in-cockpit views. The floating M&M's are near the end. It's incredibly cool to watch -- one of the M&M's flies right by the camera! This video doesn't have sound, as I believe the "full" version is licensed for an upcoming Discovery Channel special.

I wonder if Mars, Inc. [wikipedia.org] is going to try to license that video for a commercial.

Re:Spaceflight video, with floating M&Ms! (4, Informative)

Goldenhawk (242867) | more than 9 years ago | (#9610457)

Really cool video.

What's downright scary is two things.

One, no military pilot in his right mind would deliberately FOD the cockpit - release Foreign Object Debris - even as small as an M&M - it's a surefire way to cause problems later. You'd be amazed at how little it takes to induce seriously Bad problems in an airplane cockpit. Even chocolate. Even three or four flights later, when that ONE M&M you didn't find post-flight just happens to melt or stick in an unfortunate spot.

Two, watch the silhouette of the vehicle carefully during the external footage of the thrust phase. Boy, the thing is rocking back and forth badly. Serious controllability problems. Yeah, I know, we already heard all about that - but this video drives home just how nasty it was. I can distinctly see four roll oscillations greater than 90 degrees in just about five seconds. Ouch. Any pilot in a military jet would be reaching for the ejection handle right then. Interesting they didn't include the over-the-shoulder footage for THAT.

Oh, and IAAAE (I AM an aerospace engineer) and DO happen to have experience working with both military pilots and jets.

Yellow (1)

droleary (47999) | more than 9 years ago | (#9610564)

Is it just me or does this picture [rokits.org] make it look like, with a new paint job, they've got a smiley face just waiting to happen? Somewhat related, how long before these things get commercial sponsors and start looking like race cars?

other pics (2, Informative)

jayrtfm (148260) | more than 9 years ago | (#9610681)

here are some other gallerys:
http://spaceshipone.airshowjournal.com/ 2004/
http://www.samizdata.net/blog/archives/0062 93.html

hehehe (0, Troll)

cRueLio (679516) | more than 9 years ago | (#9611297)

remember the psychologists that said fancy cars are a represantation of a male's penis? well, maybe this fancy spaceship is a representation of Rutan's...

What do they use for instrumentation? (1)

EnglishTim (9662) | more than 9 years ago | (#9611326)

This [rokits.org] is an interesting picture.

I wonder what information he has displayed on that control panel, and what computer system they have displaying it? I mean, is there a specialist Aeronautics Display OS out there or does it run on QNX or RTLinux?

Well Duh (1)

jameskojiro (705701) | more than 9 years ago | (#9611375)

This thread should be modded:

-99 Duh!

Like Duh Dude, unless you have been in a hole for the last 3 years you have no idea about SpaceshipOne
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