Sunday, February 23, 2014

Spaced out

"Galactic cosmic rays are one of the most important barriers standing in the way of plans for interplanetary travel by crewed spacecraft." Wikipedia.
I woke up this morning wondering why pilots don't wear uniforms made of protective fiber. And seriously, how much would it cost to fly a lead plane around?

"Today, it costs $10,000 to put a pound of payload in Earth orbit.", says NASA undated.   SpaceX says it can do it for $1948.88 low earth orbit and around $5284.32 GTO ($56,500,000÷$10692) if I am understanding the numbers.

Shopping for our next space trip?  I'm thinking about a few of these cute wool lead blankets.  Although considering Myung-Hee Y. Kim, "Materials with the most electrons per unit mass, the least mean excitation energy, and the least tight binding corrections make the best energy absorbers. Thus, liquid hydrogen is a favored material and lead is less efficient as an energy absorber."  What is a girl to do.

No comments:

Post a Comment