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I'm a Computer (Web) Programmer/Analyst based in Anchorage, AK and Minneapolis, MN. I use (among other things) ASP.NET, C# and SQL Server.

I build things. Bicycles, computers, websites, guitars, cars, motorcycles, sound sytems... lots of things.


May
5
revised Hydrogen-boron fusion
Used numbered list.
May
5
suggested approved edit on Hydrogen-boron fusion
Apr
29
comment Is there any disadvantage to sending rockets straight up?
Right, but crossing into the Moon's SOI is roughly equivalent to what I meant by crossing the Earth - Moon L1.
Apr
28
awarded  Good Answer
Apr
28
comment Is there any disadvantage to sending rockets straight up?
Launch Site latitude is dependent on the orbit desired and chosen to minimize fuel. For a Polar orbit, the equator is the worst place to launch as you'll have to spend $500 m/s \Delta v$ extra fuel to cancel this effect, and the north or south poles would be ideal. For equatorial orbits the direction of Earth's rotation (including geostationary), indeed the equator is the ideal place to launch and has the minimum fuel requirements, but these 'ideal' locations have to be tempered against the practicality of getting a rocket and launch facility there.
Apr
28
revised Is there any disadvantage to sending rockets straight up?
Added links to KSP
Apr
28
revised Is there any disadvantage to sending rockets straight up?
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Apr
27
awarded  Nice Answer
Apr
27
comment Is there any disadvantage to sending rockets straight up?
Picture posted showing the trajectory for a 'straight up' burn. I might try this in KSP later and post the video.
Apr
27
revised Is there any disadvantage to sending rockets straight up?
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Apr
27
comment Is there any disadvantage to sending rockets straight up?
Agreed, I'll look for an Earth-Moon one and I'll draw in a trajectory
Apr
27
answered Is there any disadvantage to sending rockets straight up?
Apr
25
revised Is it possible to generate energy by the moon orbit?
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Apr
24
revised Is it possible to generate energy by the moon orbit?
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Apr
24
comment Is it possible to generate energy by the moon orbit?
It's possible that you could use the Moon to harvest the energy from Earth's rotation instead, which may end up adding to the moon's orbital energy (causing it to escape Earth's gravitational sphere of influence).
Apr
24
answered Is it possible to generate energy by the moon orbit?
Apr
23
awarded  Yearling
Apr
22
answered The difference in how temperature feels inside in the summer vs. in the winter?
Apr
17
comment Why is the singularity of the Big Bang not considered to be the center of the Universe?
Or did the original $1m^3$ volume somehow vanish or disappear onto a different dimension?
Apr
17
comment Why is the singularity of the Big Bang not considered to be the center of the Universe?
Are you saying that the big bang happened in a fourth spatial dimension? If not, I think the balloon analogy falls short. At one point, the universe occupied $1m^3$. Then it expanded to $10m^3$, while fully encapsulating the volume of the original $1m^3$. Why is it not accurate to find 'where' this original $1m^3$ was in relation to the current universe, and call that the center?