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John Carmack
Joined: 15 Jun 2004
Posts: 58
Location: Dallas, TX

PostPosted: Fri Oct 06, 2006 9:55 pm Post subject: Reply with quote
>What are your estimates for maximum payload (with the current engine) for
>the lander and still make the 90 second flight?

A couple days ago we did back to back 110 second flights with only a half propellant load each, while carrying the 50 pound payload, which means that they should be able to carry arround an 800 pound payload for 90 seconds if fully fueled. Putting 800 pounds above the gimbal would move the CG too far up, so it would have to be hung off the sides or bottom.

> I was fully expecting to eventually see a pic called quad_damage.jpg but
> now with the Pixel/Texel names, we might be seeing…if things go very
> wrong – splatting.mpg, Texel_Neverlands.mpg or maybe something in
> 24bpp 🙂

Ok, I got a good laugh out of that. 🙂

John Carmack

Also in the Space Fellowship is Lunar Lander Challenge Micro-Space team leader Richard Speck, moderating the Official Micro-Space Forum and writing as

Joined: 27 Jan 2005
Total posts: 192

including such essays as An Astrofish Named Wanda and contributions to Topic: Can Private Space Travel Take us to Mars?, but no news of Micro-Space’s Lunar Lander Challenge bid.


Written by Robin

October 6, 2006 at 4:52 pm

Posted in lunar lander

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  1. Finally someone gets a laugh out of John Carmack and of course I don’t understand the joke.


    October 7, 2006 at 9:22 pm

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