Het Pirateneiland nl

Door Spooksel op donderdag 4 oktober 2012 10:24 - Reacties (7)
Categorie: The Settlers Online, Views: 5.176

Vandaag weer eens een avontuurtje afgerond, het Pirateneiland. Vrij kort en simpel avontuur, kost massa's rekruten (tussen de 500-600 met een Veteraan) en heeft niet zoveel XP als reward... maar de loot is wel erg nice :D

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Moerasheks nl

Door Spooksel op dinsdag 18 september 2012 12:24 - Reacties (6)
Categorie: The Settlers Online, Views: 4.201

Tijd voor het eerste volledige avontuur in TSO dan maar :D "Moerasheks"!


Dit avontuur speel je in je eentje en zou te doen moeten zijn vanaf lv26/27 al ongeveer! Na een hoop guides gelezen te hebben heb ik toch maar eens wat units opgespaard en ben ik begonnen. Omdat de meeste guides werken met of 250 unit generaals of units zoals soldaten/kruisboogschutters moet ik het toch iets anders aanpakken!

Door te wachen/sparen tot 200 calverie kun je met name in de eerste 4 kampen wat rekruten van de dood besparen, maar omdat ik te kampen heb met een maximale populatie moest ik toch maar gaan vertrekken :P

Uiteindelijk zijn er toch nog flink wat manschappen de spreekwoordelijke kelder ingegaan, maargoed... als je enkel met de lagere units aan kunt vallen dan moet je dat maar voor lief nemen :)

De buit was in ieder geval erg welkom!

The Settlers Online nl

Door Spooksel op vrijdag 14 september 2012 15:36 - Reacties (16)
Categorie: The Settlers Online, Views: 5.575


Twee weken geleden begonnen met spelen van The Settlers Online, echt een dik spelletje waar inmiddels alweer veels teveel uren inzitten :S

Speel op de Nederlandse server, alles is daar ook in het Nederlands getyped wat af en toe echt zo lekker knullig overkomt zoals je dat alleen in games tegenkomt die je gewent bent om normaal in het Engels te spelen...

Anyway, verslaving to the max :D

Planetary Resources

By Spooksel on Wednesday 25 April 2012 09:22 - Comments (11)
Category: Space & Tech, Views: 4.638

In the past week rumors started surfacing about a company called 'Planetary Resources', shrouded in mystery and backed by a rather impressive list of investors and advisors, the only known information was that this company would be planning to go to space and mine astroids for their valuable resources.
Well isn't that just awesome?
When I first heard about this plan my thoughts were: "This is awesome! Why weren't these guys around YEARS ago!". But then I started thinking. In recent years we space enthusiasts have been presented with many cunning and daring plans for space exploration and exploitation, in those same years we have seen so many startup's that were soon never to be heard from again, why would this one be any different?

The main thought that crept up on me was "Well this is certainly very cool, but I bet that for the first 5-10 years we are not going to see any real action anyway, if at all!". So with that in mind I started seeking out some more information.
'Prospecting' for information.
So, soon I stumbled upon an article on Space.com, the article is a short introduction to the initiative and a brief interview with one of the company's founding members. A few lines in the following quote's came.
Of the roughly 8,900 known near-Earth asteroids, perhaps 100 or 150 are water-rich and easier to reach than the surface of the moon, Anderson said. Planetary Resources wants to identify and characterize these top targets before it does anything else.
Followed by:
To that end, it has designed a high-performance, low-cost space telescope that Anderson said should launch to low-Earth orbit within the next 18 to 24 months. This telescope will make observations of its own but also serve as a model for future instruments that will journey near promising asteroids and peer at them in great detail.

The prospecting phase should take a couple of years or so, Anderson added.
And there it was, my first concern was already confirmed and they had not even had their big launch event yet. So right now we are looking at an initiative which _hopes_ to be able to start prospecting and scanning astroids with their 'LEO Space Telescope', probably no earlier then summer 2014. But then again, it is not an unrealistic thought that this will be severely delayed in one way or another. And even if it is not and when they do have their satellite in orbit and when they do start prospecting, we are still looking at years and years of number crunching and planning before we can expect to see any robotic mining installations traveling to the asteroids.
So what about the plan itself?
Despite all the concerns surrounding these initiatives I still would like to keep a positive mind on them. After all, as a big space enthusiast I tend to drool at almost anything blasted off into space anyway!

The plans this company have are simply amazing, to go out there and mine astroids for their valuables. How cool is that! The plan for the harvested resources is to either bring them back to Earth (rare minerals) or to store them in outer space for later use (fuels, water, etc). Especially the latter part is _very_ interesting to say the least.

As we all know I literally costs thousands of Dollars/Euro's to even lift-off a single kilogram of material into orbit. And if it concerns humans going into space it costs even more, because of the supplies of oxygen and water required to keep them alive. So what if you could just mine an ice astroid, purify the water and store it in a station orbiting the Earth? Or break down that same ice astroid and use electrolysis to split it into hydrogen and oxygen? The possibilities are endless; the water can be used to resuply spaceships and stations, the oxygen as well and the hydrogen can serve as fuel for either ships or satellites.

If this technology works there would no longer be a need to spend thousands and thousands on rocket fuel, just to bring a few liter's of water into space. No, you just dock with a refueling station, transfer the required water from it and pay your bill for it. And meanwhile, robotic probes keep resupplying the station with fresh supplies.

So I think... this is the future, or at least, it will be... if they ever get to launch their robot's anyway!

For more information:
- Planetary Resources (official website)