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Post Re: SpaceX - News Items   Posted on: Thu Apr 28, 2011 10:42 am
I guess NASA should reconsider allowing docking to ISS by spacecraft that have a history of driving into manned space stations :D


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Post Re: SpaceX - News Items   Posted on: Thu Apr 28, 2011 5:16 pm
New Video:
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Post Re: SpaceX - News Items   Posted on: Fri Apr 29, 2011 7:05 pm
Awesome!

So...

Escape Rockets --> Retrorockets --> Landing Rockets

So could Dragon soon be landing on Mars, in the not so distance future?


Notice there seem to be some other vehicles/structures in the background, during that Mars landing scene?

What are they? Just various non-descript props created for this promo? Or are they supposed to reference genuine vehicles on the drawing boards?

One of the vehicles seems to look like some kind of ascent craft mounted on a launchpad.


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Post Re: SpaceX - News Items   Posted on: Fri Apr 29, 2011 9:10 pm
i'm not puttin too much credence on Dragon landing on mars any time soon. i don't for a second believe NASA will have the ability to go to mars anytime soon, and could see Elon being crazy enough to try to do it himself. but, in addition to Falcon X (super-heavy lift), they will also need an EDS (preferably with VASIMR + a nuclear reactor) and some kind of larger habitat for the extended journey, as well as ground facilities or at least supplies on Mars proper. so, even if they are crazy enough to try it, it's unlikely that anything would happen before 2030 or 2040 i don't think.

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Post Re: SpaceX - News Items   Posted on: Tue May 03, 2011 6:43 am
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i'm not puttin too much credence on Dragon landing on mars any time soon. i don't for a second believe NASA will have the ability to go to mars anytime soon, and could see Elon being crazy enough to try to do it himself. but, in addition to Falcon X (super-heavy lift), they will also need an EDS (preferably with VASIMR + a nuclear reactor) and some kind of larger habitat for the extended journey, as well as ground facilities or at least supplies on Mars proper. so, even if they are crazy enough to try it, it's unlikely that anything would happen before 2030 or 2040 i don't think.


Yep, sounds just the ticket for a Bigelow and SpaceX get-together
:) Don't think you need to get exotic, just use existing tech. and sort out the bone degradation, radiation issues. Got time to do that surely if someone puts their minds to it.

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Post Re: SpaceX - News Items   Posted on: Wed May 04, 2011 9:03 pm
Not exactly news, but some very interesting facts about SpaceX:
http://www.spacex.com/updates.php (May 4, 2011 "WHY THE US CAN BEAT CHINA: THE FACTS ABOUT SPACEX COSTS", for future readers, SpaceX's "Blog" has unfortunately no permanent links)


They say their facilities can handle 12 F9/Dragon Missions per year.
A FH is basically three F9s.

That means they have to almost quadruple their production capacities if there really is a market for 10 F9 and 10 FH per year!

If they can pull this off, a few years from now, google will look like a small company :p

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Post Re: SpaceX - News Items   Posted on: Wed May 04, 2011 9:49 pm
google pulls in around $30B a year in revenue.. at Elon prices, they'll need more like 100 of each type of launch to even come close.

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Post Re: SpaceX - News Items   Posted on: Fri May 06, 2011 6:01 am
Latest bit of spin in the press. Couldn't be biased by any chance :o

http://www.spacenews.com/commentaries/1 ... pacex.html

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Post Re: SpaceX - News Items   Posted on: Fri May 06, 2011 8:12 am
beancounter wrote:
Latest bit of spin in the press. Couldn't be biased by any chance :o

http://www.spacenews.com/commentaries/1 ... pacex.html


Ha ha, as Nelson would say. He's talking with his Lockheed head on I would think. Denigrating SpaceX's accomplishments is the sign that people must be worried!

Three failures in 7 missons does, at first glance look bad, until you realise that they were the first three, of a completely new rocket, and the subsequent 4 were absolute triumphs.


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Post Re: SpaceX - News Items   Posted on: Fri May 06, 2011 10:29 am
Shouldn't it be 2 rockets? The last one with 100% launch success? Sharing parts is not the same as "same vehicle".


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Post Re: SpaceX - News Items   Posted on: Fri May 06, 2011 1:55 pm
Ah, these "think tanks" will write anything you pay them for. Or rather, you write the conclusion, and they'll write you a report to back it up, and then publish it under their own name so that it appears to be independent. And spinning numbers like that is easy, look:

On the third of August 2008, SpaceX had a launch success rate of 0%, with three failures out of three launches (although they claimed a partial success on the second launch). On December 8, 2010, they had gone from that to four successes out of seven flights, an increase in reliability of infinity% in just over two years. None of the incumbent players in the market have been able to claim such a growth in reliability, with numbers typically inching up before they suddenly drop again. Does that mean that SpaceX is infinitely more reliable than its competitors? We report, you decide...;-)

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Post Re: SpaceX - News Items   Posted on: Fri May 06, 2011 2:21 pm
Someone posted a link to a nice Blog article about how SpaceX keeps it's costs down as a comment to the recent news item:
http://acuriousguy.blogspot.com/2011/04 ... chers.html

I thought that would be fitting here as well.

Oh and regarding "people must be worried": Good! Let "oldspace" shiver in fear while "newspace" brings us those things that they have failed to achieve for decades!

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Post Re: SpaceX - News Items   Posted on: Tue May 10, 2011 10:48 am
Article about SpaceX on the BBC includes a couple of vids

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-13335687

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Post Re: SpaceX - News Items   Posted on: Mon Jun 13, 2011 7:36 pm
SpaceX wrote:
SpaceX Secures Launch Contract in Major Asian Market

HAWTHORNE, CA – Thai satellite company THAICOM Plc. (SET Index: THCOM) has chosen Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) to launch the new Thaicom 6 telecommunications satellite into a geosynchronous transfer orbit (GTO) from its Cape Canaveral launch site in the second quarter of 2013.

The contract brings another international launch to the United States to fly with SpaceX. Thaicom is the eighth non-U.S. customer manifested for upcoming flights aboard the Falcon 9.

“This deal highlights the confidence that satellite operators have in SpaceX capabilities, and is the latest example of the effect SpaceX is having on the international commercial launch market,” said Elon Musk, SpaceX chief executive officer (CEO) and chief technical officer (CTO). “Asia is a critical market and SpaceX is honored to support its growing launch needs with a reliable U.S.-based solution.”

The Thaicom 6 satellite is designed to serve the growing satellite television market in South and South-East Asia, as well as Southern Africa. Built by Orbital Sciences Corporation of Dulles, VA , and expected to weigh about 3,200 kilograms at launch, the satellite will operate from 78.5 degrees east and carry 18 C-band and eight Ku-band transponders. Thaicom 6 is planned to be in service by the middle of 2013.

Arak Chonlatanon, CEO of Thaicom Plc., said, “The Falcon 9 will serve our unique needs at Thaicom. This dedicated launch vehicle is both cost-effective and best-matched to our requirements. We look forward to working closely with the SpaceX team to ensure that the Thaicom 6 satellite will be successfully launched.”

About SpaceX

SpaceX is the leading American space transport company, advancing the boundaries of space technology through its Falcon launch vehicles and Dragon spacecraft. Following the retirement of NASA’s Space Shuttle Program, the Falcon 9 / Dragon system, will take over delivery of initially cargo and later astronauts to the International Space Station.

In April 2011, SpaceX announced its plans to design, build and launch the Falcon Heavy – the world’s largest rocket since the Saturn V moon rocket. The Falcon Heavy will have the ability to carry payloads weighing over 53 metric tons to orbit, offering more than twice the performance of other commercial providers. The Falcon 9, Falcon Heavy and Dragon spacecraft together will ensure the U.S. maintains leadership in the dynamic global space marketplace. For more information, visit www.spacex.com.

About Thaicom

Thaicom Plc. is a leading satellite and telecommunications operator with customers throughout Asia, Australia, Africa and Europe. Currently, the company operates two satellites, Thaicom 4 (iPSTAR), one of the largest communications satellites ever launched, and Thaicom5. Thaicom 4 delivers broadband services to millions of users across 14 countries in Asia and the Pacific. The satellite has a bandwidth capacity of more than 45 gigabits. Established in 1991, the company provides satellite communications and related services, Internet-related services and media, as well as telephone services in neighboring countries. Thaicom is listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) under THCOM.

For more information, please visit the company's website www.thaicom.net and www.ipstar.com


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Post Re: SpaceX - News Items   Posted on: Mon Jul 25, 2011 7:35 pm
From SpaceX FaceBook profile:

SpaceX wrote:
[W]e are currently targeting a Nov. 30 launch with a Dec. 7 berthing with the ISS: http://www.spacenews.com/c​ivil/110722-nasa-combining​-spacex-flights.html


SpaceX wrote:
Dragon will connect with the ISS where astronauts will open the hatch and enter the spacecraft :) Technically though, Dragon will berth with the ISS vs dock, meaning a grapple arm from the ISS station will reach out to bring Dragon in place. When we fly astronauts, we will dock directly to the Station, no grapple arm necessary. Animation of the berthing process can be seen here: http://spacex.com/multimed​ia/videos.php?id=35


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