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Jonathan McDowell, an astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, did calculations regarding how close the Chinese Space Station came to S-2305, and it's quite close. A reply in that thread shows that the approach was as close as 3-4 km. However, that was after the avoidance maneuver, so it's unclear how close they would have come ...


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Then why making such a big deal with this first Max Q which is by far, less important compared to the second one? Calling out Max Q is a tradition. The overwhelming majority of vehicles that launch to space either never come down or we don't care in which state they come down. Therefore, for the overwhelming majority of vehicles and launches, Max Q on ...


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Back in 2018 Elon said on twitter that the earlier version technically could do it but without useful payload. And he also said: It technically could, but wouldn’t have enough mass margin for a heat shield, landing propellant or legs, so not reusable These design changes will not have significantly changed that. He's also repeatedly directly stated that ...


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Yes it seems likely that the upgraded Starship would be able to reach orbit without Superheavy. However it does depend upon the exact configuration and there are many variables such as the thrust of the engines, payload mass, dry mass of Starship, the new fully tanked thrust of Starship and so on. That said I'm not sure that it would be very efficient (small ...


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