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More new things about space.
 
First Ring System Around Asteroid Discovered

It was just announced by the European Southern Observatory that:

Observations at many sites in South America, including ESO’s La Silla Observatory, have made the surprise discovery that the remote asteroid Chariklo is surrounded by two dense and narrow rings. This is the smallest object by far found to have rings and only the fifth body in the Solar System — after the much larger planets Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune — to have this feature. The origin of these rings remains a mystery, but they may be the result of a collision that created a disc of debris. The new results are published online in the journal Nature on 26 March 2014.  ⓐ

The rings of Saturn are one of the most spectacular sights in the sky, and less prominent rings have also been found around the other giant planets. Despite many careful searches, no rings had been found around smaller objects orbiting the Sun in the Solar System. Now observations of the distant minor planet [1] (10199) Chariklo [2] as it passed in front of a star have shown that this object too is surrounded by two fine rings.  ⓐ

We weren’t looking for a ring and didn’t think small bodies like Chariklo had them at all, so the discovery — and the amazing amount of detail we saw in the system — came as a complete surprise!" says Felipe Braga-Ribas (Observatório Nacional/MCTI, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) who planned the observation campaign and is lead author on the new paper  ⓐ

Press Release:
ⓐ  http://www.eso.org/public/news/eso1410/

Full paper:
http://www.eso.org/public/archives/releases/sciencepapers/eso1410/eso1410a.pdf

Image: Artist Impression of rings around Chariklo (ESO)
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the fact that they call it dense....around something with such tenuous gravity? in the company of other asteroids?

I call foul. It's a solid object, left by the Ancients. I call shotgun on the scout mission.
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A possible feature for those marginal worlds, making every ounce of compatible biomass work harder.
 
These Floating Compost Islands Would Turn NYC's Garbage Into Gold ... Gizmodo -- "The average New Yorker generates about three pounds of trash every day, and a huge amount of that is food waste—which could be composted, if only we had the space. Enter "Green Loop," a proposal to build massive composting islands off the coastline of NYC.

"We send trucks millions of miles every year, creating traffic, noise pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions, all of this so that our waste can be landfilled, where it then rots and creates even more greenhouse gas," explain the designers at PRESENT Architecture, the New York-based firm behind the proposal. "It's a big, dirty problem."

Instead, PRESENT proposes keeping the trash—some of it, at least—closer to the city. Trucks would pick up the organic waste just as they do normal trash, but rather than hauling it out to landfills, they would deposit it at one of dozens of coastal processing sites around the boroughs.

This huge network of artificial islands would take over at least 30 percent of the city's garbage—which is a massive amount considering that we generate some 14 million tons of trash every year. ..."

more: http://bit.ly/1kPqIo8
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The other use for the image: K'kree Embassy.
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Not sure if this had been passed along already or not.  Much of H. Beam Piper's works have passed into the public domain, apparently, and are now available online:
http://www.gutenberg.org/browse/authors/p#a8301
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I wouldn't start with Uller Uprising. Try Space Viking, Little Fuzzy, or The Cosmic Computer instead. Also, Lone Star Planet and Four-Day Planet are fun.
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Type Y and Type K:
Yachts and Safari Ships

Type Y
Yacht, 200 tons, CT, Starships and Spacecraft (Judges Guild)
Lady of Shallot Yacht, 200 tons, CT, Adventure Class Ships Vol.2 (FASA)
Starjammer Yacht, 200 tons, CT, Space Gamer #85
"Blue Yonder" Yacht, 200 tons, MT, Challenge #48 incomplete
"Venturi" Yacht, 200 tons, MT, Challenge #50 incomplete
Lady Charlotte Yacht, 200 tons, TNE, The Traveller Chronicle #3
Yacht, 200 tons, MGT, CRB

Type K
Animal class Safari Ship, 200 tons, CT, Adv 10:Safari Ship
Simba class Safari Ship, 200 tons, CT, Simba Safari (Judges Guild)
Leaping Snowcat Safari Ship, 200 tons, GT, GT Starships (hexes)

Other Yachts and Excursion Ships
Solar Flare Casino Yacht, ? tons, CT, High Passage #1
Desiree Keah Private Yacht, 400 tons, CT, Adventure Class Ships Vol.1 (FASA)
Ocelot Yacht, 400 tons, CT, Variant v1n2
Lone Dragon Armed Yacht, 300 tons, CT, White Dwarf #68
Wanderer Yacht, 100 tons, GT, GT Nobles (hexes)
Midas "Fast Courier", 800 tons, GT, GT Nobles (hexes)

Two Types with little variety in print, the Y and the K are interchangeable in a number of roles.  The K is basically a specialized yacht, after all.  The standard Type Y is not an easy ship to deckplan without taking the large percentage of the volume taken by subcraft into account.
The Type K is rarely revisited, I think, because the Animal class is so well done.
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Type S and Type J (and other "Scouts"):

Type S
Scout/Courier, 100 tons, CT, Starships and Spacecraft (Judges Guild)
Intrepid Scout/Courier, 100 tons, CT, Snapshot
Sulieman Scout/Courier, 100 tons, CT, Traders and Gunboats
Bounty Scout, 100 tons, n/a, The Traveller's Digest 4 (Seeker ad)
Monitor Scout, 100 tons, MT, Challenge #38
Ninz Scout (Zhodani), 100 tons CT, Adventure Class Ships Vol 1 FASA folio
Ranger Courier (Imp.), 100 tons, CT, Space Gamer #81
M:0 Scout/Courier, 100 tons, T4, Starships (incomplete; nuff said)
Scout (Vargr), 100 tons, TNE, Traveller Chronicle #8
Serpent Scout, "100" tons, CT, JTAS #2  
Serpent Scout (CS), "100" tons, CT, Scouts and Assassins pull out
Scout/Courier, 100 tons, T20, Epic Adventure 1-Stoner Express, Epic Adventure 2-Into the Glimmer Drift, and Epic Adventure 3-Chimera
1248 Scout/Courier, 100 tons, CT, Starships 2-Scout Ships (Comstar/Avenger)
Scout/Courier, 100 tons, MGT, Mongoose CRB
Sulieman Scout/Courier, 100 tons, GT, GT Main Rulebook (hexes)
Scout (Droyne), 100 tons, GT, GT Alien Races 3 (hexes)

Type J
Seeker, 100 tons, CT, Traders and Gunboats
Khazad Seeker, 100 tons, CT, White Dwarf #23
Seeker, 100 tons, MT, Traveller's Digest #21 DGP ad; partial plans
1248 Seeker, 100 tons, CT, Starships 2-Scout Ships (Comstar/Avenger)
Seeker, 100 tons, MGT, Mongoose CRB

Other "Scout" ships:
X-Boat, 100 tons, CT, Traders and Gunboats
1248 X-Boat, 100 tons, CT, Starships 2-Scout Ships (Comstar/Avenger)
Express Boat, 100 tons, GT, GT First In (hexes)
Fast Courier/Blockade Runner (Sword Worlds), 130 tons, T20, QLI "Forgotten War"
Chatl Leader Scout (Zhodani), 150 tons, CT, Adventure Class Ships Vol 1 FASA folio
CF Fast Courier, 200 tons, T20, Golden Age Starships 1-Fast Courier
Stayaow Combat Scout (Aslan), 200 tons, CT, Adventure Class Ships Vol 2 FASA folio
EDSV Fighting Scout, 300 tons, T4, Gateway
EDSV Fighting Scout, 300 tons, T4, Long Way Home
Explorer Scout Ship, 300 tons, CT, White Dwarf #40
Donosev Scout Cruiser, 400 tons, MT, World Builder's Handbook  
Donosev Survey Ship, 400 tons, CT, Grand Survey
Donosev Survey Ship, 400 tons, GT, GT First In (hexes)
Khadumir Fast Courier, 400 tons, GT, GT First In (hexes)
Telemon Survey Scout (1248), 400 tons, CT, Starships 2-Scout Ships (Comstar/Avenger)
St. Christopher Explorer, 490 tons, CT, White Dwarf #26
Kurgilash Medical Scout, 400 tons, CT, Adventure Class Ships Vol 2 FASA folio
Kon-Tiki Scout Cruiser, 800 tons, T4, Milieu 0 Campaign
X-Boat Tender, 1000 tons, CT, Traders & Gunboats
Purcell X-Boat Tender, 1000 tons, GT, GT First In (hexes)
1248 X-Boat Tender, 1000 tons, CT, Starships 2-Scout Ships (Comstar/Avenger)
Qasar Scout Cruiser, 1000 tons, T20, Epic Adventure 5-Scout Cruiser
Machii Scout Cruiser (1248), 1000 tons, CT, Starships 2-Scout Ships (Comstar/Avenger)
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I use the word "definitive" carefully, since I have trouble with the idea that exactly the same hull is going to be built exactly the same way across the thousand or so Class A shipyards in the Imperium.  Cultural differences, artistic undertakings, political realities, and eleven hundred years across four Tech Levels pretty much guaranty that ships will change.  

The more the merrier, as long as we can tell them apart.
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I'm sure someone can find a use for this.
 
Doors Won't Be The Same !
A door is an opening or closing structure used to block off an entrance, typically consisting of an interior side that faces the inside of a space and an exterior side that faces the outside of that space and the basic door technology has remained relatively the same for centuries, but an Austrian designer Klemens Torggler has designed a door that, according to his website, "opens up new applications for the door." It uses rotating squares to move the door sideways without tracks, completely eliminating the two to four square feet generally occupied by the swinging path of a conventional door.
http://dayzinfos.blogspot.com/2014/03/doors-wont-be-same.html  
http://www.torggler.co.at/
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Agreed! I wish my house had Pocket Doors :)`
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Not sure if this has made its way here already or not. Not mine, but handy.

http://castrarunis.blogspot.com/2014/02/trackstracks-more-tracks-need-tracks.html
Hello again all, This is my first blog & i've reached 1000+ hits thanks to you .As a small thank you I decided to show you how to make simple tracks for any vehicle & most probably for any scale from 6mm to 30mm. Pc's & elect...
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but the Sdkfwftrakktruppen IIV has tracks that are a different pitch in 1/93 scale. what do i do then?



;-)

I'll let myself out.
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System Defense Boats:
Dragon SDB, 400 tons, CT, Supplement 7 - Traders & Gunboats
Dragon System Defense Boat, 400 tons, MT, SDB and Jump Shuttle (Seeker Deckplan Set)
Dragon SDB, 400 tons, GT, GT Starships (hexes)

SDB Jump Shuttles:
Dragon Jump Shuttle, 200 tons, CT, Supplement 7 - Traders & Gunboats
Dragon Jump Shuttle, 200 tons, MT, SDB and Jump Shuttle (Seeker Deckplan Set)
Dragon/S Jump Shuttle, 300 tons, GT, GT Starships (hexes)

(making a run through the GURPS books and figured I would start a few more collection topics)
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The Shuttle in GT is bigger.  The CT version is only 200 tons.
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Type L:
Lab Ships
Type L Lab Ship, 400 tons, CT, Dbl Adv3: Death Station
Type L Lab Ship, 400 tons, TNE, Challenge #71
Type L Lab Ship, 400 tons, MT, Lab Ship (Seeker deckplan set)
Type L Lab Ship, 400 tons, MT, Traveller's Digest #16 (Seeker ad)
Lab Ship M:0, 400 tons, T4, T4: Starships
Lab Ship M:0,400 tons, T4, Annililik Run
Kugashin Lab Ship, 400 tons, GT, GT Starships (hexes)

Another standard that didn't get a class name until GURPS.

Other Lab Ships:
Kurgilash Medical Scout, 400 tons, CT, Adventure Class Ships Vol 2 (FASA folio)
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Has anyone tried alternate plans for the 1000 dton "Heavy Freighter" in the Mongoose CRB?  It's a flying brick...

For that matter, has anyone tried to salvage the half-sized plans in the original edition of the CRB?  A 50-ton "Scout Boat", 100-ton Traders, and the 500-ton version of the freighter...
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