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..no, asshats, not the space beaurocrats, this NASA...

http://www.nasaproracing.com/

The Open Track, Time Trial, and HPDE events at awesome road courses like Willow Springs and Buttonwillow look like way too much fun. I mean, I only live ~40 minutes away from Buttonwillow!

I'm swearing off the 145 mph freeway banzai runs...there are too many Very Bad Things beyond your control that can happen on a freeway, and they just aren't condusive to 1.75 tons of metal and glass going well over twice the speed limit...

I still have a need for speed, and this will allow me to do it without stupidly taking a chance of having to be hosed off of the road...
 

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Very cool...I'd love to get me a nice lil' beater or seomthing and join up...something I won't be afraid to damage a little. Good luck and keep the rubber side down.
 

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Saw something on Discovery Channel about the effort to get the Shuttle back up.

In one scene, there was a woman figuring out how to mix goo the astronauts could use to make tile repairs in space. It wasn't going well. But what killed me was the fact there were 11, count 'em, E-L-E-V-E-N guys standing around fingering their yam sacks while this was going on.

Your tax dollars at work.

By the way, if NASA can't prevent stuff from falling off the tank and whacking the leading edge of the wing -- why not create guards that can be jettisoned like the spent SRBs once it's up?
 

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b_a_betterperson said:
Saw something on Discovery Channel about the effort to get the Shuttle back up.

In one scene, there was a woman figuring out how to mix goo the astronauts could use to make tile repairs in space. It wasn't going well. But what killed me was the fact there were 11, count 'em, E-L-E-V-E-N guys standing around fingering their yam sacks while this was going on.

Your tax dollars at work.

By the way, if NASA can't prevent stuff from falling off the tank and whacking the leading edge of the wing -- why not create guards that can be jettisoned like the spent SRBs once it's up?
That's why my former employer always referred to them as NAySAy...so we built our own damned manned rocket.

As to why not guards for Shuttle LE surfaces...weight and complexity (mostly weight) spring to mind. Also, at the velocities that shuttle gets going, just about anything would be damaged / bent if hit by a chunk of foam or ice...

..but the question is why not deal with the possible problem in the the best way possible, and take some fecking chances? NAySAy is so risk-adverse that they've become paralyzed. It's sad, really.
 

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Have fun out there. NASA isn't very active in the Midwest so the SCCA was the easy choice for me. When I get out to Seattle next year, I may join NASA to give me more flexibility of scheduling track events.
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Have fun out there. NASA isn't very active in the Midwest so the SCCA was the easy choice for me. When I get out to Seattle next year, I may join NASA to give me more flexibility of scheduling track events.
:cheers

I think the frequency which they hold events is what drew me to NASA...the seem to have 8-10 events a year at Buttonwillow (45 min away) and Willow Springs (75 min away).

I may join SCCA as well...will have to see how much time I have to devote to this.
 
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