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Substack analytics say the most clicked on link in this post is the corkscrewing seal lol

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Apr 22Liked by Brandon Gorrell, Mike Solana, Nick Russo

Let's Go Brandon! 😁

(Sorry, couldn't resist; prolly for the want of trying hard 😳)

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Apr 22Liked by Brandon Gorrell, Mike Solana

I like this white pill stuff, Mike. I'm trying to defrag my brain's doomer parts, but civilization still seems so tenuous, and believing the world will be significantly worse in 10 years isn't helpful to my psyche.

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Apr 22Liked by Brandon Gorrell, Mike Solana

Love the new white pill content

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Apr 22Liked by Brandon Gorrell

Awesome, thanks for this Mike and Brandon! Loved learning all of this before 9am ☕️

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Apr 22Liked by Brandon Gorrell

This was a great read. So much stuff to be hopeful about.

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You sorta buried the lead on Starship, given that it exploded shortly after the launch. Space is hard. I've got no doubt the bugs will get worked out and Starship will make it to orbit soon.

Another application of Starship is terrestrial transport. If turnaround times can be reduced such that 3 launches per day are possible, the tempo could enable travelers to get between any two locations on Earth in something like 90 minutes. Could put the airlines out of business.

Aurora was a very disappointing novel. Excellently written and thoroughly researched, but the ultimate thrust of the narrative was basically 'we shouldn't bother with space'. It felt like a betrayal. But then KSR has always been a liberal.

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MY WORDS ARE BACKED WITH NUCLEAR WEAPONS!!

Original Civ player here. Fun to see. :)

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Apr 22Liked by Brandon Gorrell, Mike Solana

If I could have a feed of nothing but news like this I would be very happy.

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Apr 22·edited Apr 22Liked by Brandon Gorrell

Got chills with Starship. I hope Elon allows the team to shout USA again. They did that for Orbcomm and I got tears.

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If we assume that a Starship flight takes just eight hours, and there is such a surplus of maintainers whose work schedule is so efficient such that the Starship is being actively maintained and reconditioned for flight one hundred percent of the time that it's not flying, a flight schedule of three times a week already implies an ambitious ratio of time in maintenance to time in flight of only 5 or 10 to 1, akin to that enjoyed by relatively maintainable modern combat aircraft like the F-16, F-18, or MiG-29 which represent far more mature technology and fly under far less demanding regimes. Orbiting and deorbiting Starship three times a day *on average for a year* is childishly ridiculous as it leaves essentially no time at all to do maintenance. Even if you assume useful flights can be completed end-to-end in just four hours average, Starship is just obviously not going to achieve the serviceability rate of something like a modern, newly built widebody airliner which is what would be needed.

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Apr 22Liked by Brandon Gorrell

This was great! I love reading an piece that leaves me happy and optimistic.

(also I second the Seveneves recommendation)

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Apr 22Liked by Brandon Gorrell

The White Pill has quickly become my favorite weekly feature across the media landscape. Awesome work, keep it up.

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Apr 22Liked by Brandon Gorrell

The phrase ‘badass hybrid minivan’ immediately had me thinking about super troopers ‘holy shit that’s a cool winnebago’. Thanks for the white pill and nostalgia twofer gents.

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Wow, the science geek in me loved everything about this post, including the astronomy portion. I used to be a science writer at Clemson University, and my favorite stories involved astronomy.

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Great piece. Thank you Brandon. Cool vibes when you project the threads forward and experiencing when they augment each other (less aging, more space travel with big ass screens on SUVs featuring mind-blowing sleeping creatures). Subscribed

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