David Wang

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David Wang last won the day on December 6 2020

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  1. David Wang

    Lucky me

    WL wasn't exactly in the path of totality but still had 98-99% of coverage. Photo taken through solar glasses with my phone.
  2. bruh what. I really hope this is fake. What would have happened if they had taken it to trial? There's no way that a jury would find them guilty, right? He is 10 years old!!
  3. https://www.nytimes.com/2023/12/08/us/texas-abortion-court-ken-paxton.html this is just horrendous. I wonder if the AG even considered the fetus’s fatal condition before appealing. Last time I checked he isn’t a doctor. Also, the fact that women need court approvals to seek medical procedures is simply ridiculous.
  4. the shutdown sequence for the booster engines and the stage separation were amazing. We're closer to making sci fi a reality.
  5. Interestingly enough...I successfully performed EPs with a dislocated right shoulder, and I don't remember feeling any pain. I've thought about it. An explanation is adrenaline and I got into a different "mode" when I realized I had a malfunction and needed to act.
  6. David Wang


    SpaceX does things differently. They prefer rapid design & testing and learn from their many failures. NASA does the opposite, probably because it's a government agency. Each has its own merits. I have no doubt that we will see significant improvement in the next Starship test flight. We have some important dates - Artemis II is scheduled in November 2024, and Artemis III is some time in 2025. It's an exciting era. To the Moon and Mars!
  7. Have you considered switching to the other side for PLF?
  8. update - got into aero & astro. A hard journey awaits but I'm excited to keep moving forward. Thank you all for your encouragement & support and for pointing me in the right direction. I believe I've made right decisions. I have a plan - first step is to learn. Second step is to start thinking about getting internships (I've already started doing this). Better to start early. Thanks again. Happy new year!
  9. this actually reminded me of something. A friend of mine told me that a similar idea was used in his aerospace design class - to extract something from Venus's atmosphere and used it as fuel to return to Earth. This kind of ideas are not fringe anymore - I believe anything is possible at this point. SpaceX is making history. Personally I'm a big fan of Elon for what he is doing in space. Other areas not so much
  10. Hey guys, Hope you're enjoying your labor day weekend! I've been lurking on DZ.com to see what has been going on recently and I saw that there was a student fatality in Canada. The first thought on my mind after reading about it is that there're similarities between mine and this incident - we both ended up low with a malfunction and a very low cutaway (under 100ft) followed. The difference in my case is that my reserve was already out, which very likely contributed to my survival. The outcome of this incident in Canada is much worse. (My sincere condolences) I'm thinking that in general it might be very difficult for inexperienced students to deal with low-altitude emergencies...and how we/dropzones could improve on this. I understand that one of the principles of student training is to not overload them with information. I also understand that it's a lot better to deal with malfunctions up high. But what if, for whatever reasons, the student ends up low with a malfunction (and I think the possibility of this happening is not very low). I know during training students are taught not to cut away under 1,000 ft if there is a malfunction on the main, except downplanes. (This is what I was taught at Perris, this rule may vary slightly between DZs, I don't know) Is this rule sufficient to deal with this issue as long as it's 'strictly reinforced'? Or is there a possibility to improve on the training methods so that we could potentially prevent incidents like this in the future? This question just popped up in my mind. Please forgive me if I trigger anyone here.
  11. Just a quick update - college is going well. Engineering is hard but I'm maintaining good grades in all my classes. I'm going to shoot for Aerospace when I choose my major at the end of this year (If I can't get in, I will try Mechanical, and I can still get into aerospace industry with a ME degree) Sometimes I really miss California's weather but can't complain haha. Looking back I believe that I made the right choice, and thanks to everyone who pushed me. I think right now I'm learning something meaningful, and will do something meaningful in the future. About skydiving... well, I still think about it and my past experiences from time to time, but not as much as before. After my accident I always had that urge of 'immediately' getting back to it but now that has decreased a lot. I will jump again when I'm fully ready after a few years. Blue Skies and stay safe out there