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Master Dex

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    Anime, mecha, spacecraft, rockets, science and engineering, and of course sci-fi.

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  1. So long as the gravity generators don't fly out of the ship lol.
  2. This is a disconnect of understanding what the product of fusion reactions actually is. Nuclear fusion doesn't turn matter into energy, at least not fully. In fact it mostly just transforms matter while releasing a good chunk of energy as radiation (mostly heat but some other types too depending on the inputs). For hydrogen fusion the result is mostly helium, heat, and a lot of stray neutrons.* So in atmosphere that heat is used in inlet air and mixed with reaction products, in space, they ramp up the fusion cycle and it's all reaction products which burns through the fuel at a tremendous
  3. That is the warning lol. Though orange smoke is another tell. Though if it's already reacting there are other concerns too... Explosive ones. Oh yeah, Egress is a big deal. I feel sorry for that guy for sure. Media never talks about how damaging ejection seats are on the body either. It varies from plane and service but if I recall AF pilots could only eject three times before the damage to their spine from it disqualified them from flying again.
  4. When I worked on F-16 engines, there was a procedure to make sure the jet was safe to be near before going to it to do work on the engine or even to download data from the engine computer. One of the steps was checking a small window near the emergency power unit which uses hydrazine. If it is orange you're good, if it is black, then there was a leak and you've already been exposed... Surprise! Luckily for that, though as you noted prior the reasons for safe handling are very important lol.
  5. I'm a former Air Force jet engine maintainer (not wholly unrelated to the work the crew chief above did but I was more focused on the engines than the whole plane) and I've seen stuff like that sadly... It's a big deal for QA and such if safety was so bad something like that happened. Ideally the system is fully safed properly so there is no danger but mistakes do happened. I'd be more worried what they were hit with lol. Cause of it is anything like hydrozine.. they might be dead heh.
  6. That had the luxury of blowing up. Messer's plane in the Delta series now... Yuck... Atleast he stepped out of it in the movie, though he still bled everywhere... Then again Windermere took the plane from there for a bit so.. Guess they cleaned it when they added the Lil Drakkons?
  7. It's a mix honestly. What you say (that they told you) is accurate, but Ancient Humanity in the Halo backstory and modern Humanity are distinct enough to be considered about as different as Protoculture and Humanity in Macross. They have matching genetics of course, but because of the aforementioned reversion the original society and culture was basically erased (and then the Halos removed any traces save for what the Librarian indexed that became modern Humanity later). The thing with the Forerunner is, they were colossal jerks in their time exactly as you say, but after they realized th
  8. I dunno, I mean yeah they also left behind weapons of ultimate destruction anyone could accidentally trigger but the Forerunners were at least trying to give future life in the galaxy a chance, they just weren't around to decommission their stuff. The Ancients just littered doomsday devices everywhere and yeeted off to the next plane of existence to act like cosmic jerks. In an attempt to not get too off topic though, I suppose that makes the Protoculture closer to Halo's example since they cared enough to try, however futile it might have been. When it comes to setting an example for lat
  9. The Protoculture are basically a treatise on bad ideas that seemed good at the time until they got overzealous. Still they at least seemed to care a little about what people did after they were gone and avoiding repeats (even if they weren't very successful at that). Thus I'd say they are still better than the ultimate Neglectful Precursors in fiction, The Ancients from Stargate, lol.
  10. Yeah, and I heard this a lot, and eventually saw it for myself. It was a good check on my expectations and why sometimes the things you don't consider really matter. I'm trying to carry it forward into my engineering career but until you're in charge of things there are limits.
  11. I can echo his ending sentiment and the entire point as a former Air Force jet engine mechanic who had to deal with a lot of this and I also knew actual aircraft crew chiefs (we often worked together) and let me tell you, the job is rarely fun (still fulfilling though, but I wouldn't go back to it lol). 4 years of it turned me from an idealistic engineer-to-be to something of a pragmatic engineer cause I often think about how this stuff factors a lot more than engineering colleagues in the same age or position as me. I also tend to ignore the more flowery rhetoric tossed around for design
  12. That's awesome it ended up being an actually good edition instead of the blandness we've been seeing recently. Your little sneak peak at stuff from existing books earlier had me salivating as it was lol.
  13. I call it artistic license. Big West, the company that owns the franchise is Japanese and they unlike Kawamori do care about continuity and apparently try very hard to link all the shows, movies, etc together into a coherent narrative.
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