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    Ok so since I wasn't able to find a thread about Space-related stuff (either because I suck at searching or one just doesn't exist) and I'm a huge space nut alongside a Transformers aficionado, I figured I'd start one.

    Big news today is that Richard Branson's company Virgin Galactic after 14 years of development and two fatal accidents (one on the ground, one in the air) has succeeded in pushing the boundaries of space in their commercial spaceship Unity.

    Full story at Spaceflight Now here Virgin Galactic accomplishes milestone test flight to the edge of space

    I like space related news (especially rockets) so if nobody's adverse to the idea I'll try and post things like this in this thread more often if anyone's interested

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    Be my guest, I love this stuff as well, I just never thought about posting anything here.
    I'm a firm believer that the only way humanity is going to survive is by expansion and colonisation of space.
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    Agreed. I love how 'New Space' has taken things in recent years. SpaceX especially. Musk might be a bit of a fruitloop but name me one genius who doesn't have some form of quirk

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    What’s the feeling like in SA right now with the Space Agency being headquartered over there?

    There’s a bit of saltiness here in WA that we lost out, given we already have a fair bit of infrastructure like the Square Kilometre Array and New Norcia station for the ESA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ralph Wiggum View Post
    What’s the feeling like in SA right now with the Space Agency being headquartered over there?

    There’s a bit of saltiness here in WA that we lost out, given we already have a fair bit of infrastructure like the Square Kilometre Array and New Norcia station for the ESA.
    BIG buzz actually. I have quite a few space friends here who are super stoked.

    If I didn't love my job so much I'd definitely be looking out for any hires they'd be doing even if it was just a janitorial position

    Sorry you guys missed out! At least now SA has something of value to add nationally

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    RocketLab launched its third successful Electron rocket, this time contracted for launching 13 small satellites for NASA

    For those who don't know, RocketLab are a New Zealand based company which have developed a lightweight, small rocket launcher called the Electron which uses a lot of 3D printing in its parts and also has a unique engine design which has an electrically-driven pump, rather than using part of its own propellant, which makes the engines way more efficient despite their relative small size.

    The engines are clustered around the base leading many space fans to dub it the "Mini Falcon-9".

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    Meteor Storm tonight too. But the weather looks to have killed seeing that. Just like the eclipse a couple of months back.

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