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Post Re: SpaceX - News Items   Posted on: Tue Jul 26, 2011 7:33 am
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Post Re: SpaceX - News Items   Posted on: Thu Aug 11, 2011 7:46 pm
[Florida] State funds support more SpaceX launches from Cape

http://space.flatoday.net/2011/08/state ... l?spref=tw

Sometimes it is amazing to see, from across the ocean, how USA works...


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Post Re: SpaceX - News Items   Posted on: Fri Aug 12, 2011 1:46 pm
I'm not sure on what side of which ocean you are, but here in Europe things like this are quite common as well. Roads, ports, railways, canals, airports, business parks, and a bit farther away education and research and development, are often paid for or subsidised by governments. Governments invest in infrastructure in the hopes of attracting companies who will then boost the local economy. A lot of goods that are shipped to Europe travel through The Netherlands for example, and the Dutch government spends a lot of money (mainly from natural gas production) on keeping the infrastructure good enough to compete with neighbouring countries. The European Structural Funds are also an example of this.

If anything is interesting in the US then it's that they've been neglecting their infrastructure for decades. Much of that infrastructure is privately owned, and the quality at which a piece of infrastructure is optimally profitable is probably not the same as the quality at which it optimally contributes to the local economy (hence bad roads and broken Armadillo Aerospace rockets). Corporations too have not been investing enough in innovative production techniques (think of the US car manufacturers having been overtaken by Asian ones, they finally fell over in the current crisis, but the problem behind that has been there for decades).

Or to get back to spaceflight, all current major launch providers (with the exception of SpaceX) are heavily government subsidised. I don't see how the state of Florida putting a bit of money into their spaceport should be typically American or a bad thing...

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Post Re: SpaceX - News Items   Posted on: Sun Aug 14, 2011 3:43 pm
I live a bit to the East of you. Poland to be precise. While the government (either central or local) does in fact invest in infrastructure (always too little it seems), I've never actually heard of government investing directly into a privately funded company with the intent to bring more jobs to the area (and this, unless I misunderstood the article, is what is happening in Florida). If anything it's the UE, that is willing to invest into private entrepreneurship, and it is quite awesome! I agree! But it's not the local government, who thinks about that, but the company owners themselves need to apply for these funds.


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Post Re: SpaceX - News Items   Posted on: Sun Aug 14, 2011 8:38 pm
I think it's usually done in the form of tax cuts. Put your new subsidiary in our country and we'll exempt you from corporate tax for the first x years. Or the other way around, a company might threaten to leave if they don't get what they want, or negotiate with different countries, states or municipalities in an effort to get a corporate-friendly environment. Of course, just getting a subsidy as in this case is much less damaging than that, especially since it's on a pretty small scale. Have a look at the Common Agricultural Policy of the EU for some serious subsidising...

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Post Re: SpaceX - News Items   Posted on: Mon Aug 15, 2011 8:37 pm
New Update is out:

SpaceX wrote:
Over the last several months, SpaceX has been hard at work preparing for our next flight — a mission designed to demonstrate that a privately-developed space transportation system can deliver cargo to and from the International Space Station (ISS). NASA has given us a Nov. 30, 2011 launch date, which should be followed nine days later by Dragon berthing at the ISS.


More at http://www.spacex.com/updates.php


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Post Re: SpaceX - News Items   Posted on: Thu Aug 18, 2011 7:29 am
Mchl wrote:
[...] I've never actually heard of government investing directly into a privately funded company with the intent to bring more jobs to the area (and this, unless I misunderstood the article, is what is happening in Florida). If anything it's the UE, that is willing to invest into private entrepreneurship, and it is quite awesome!


If I'm not misstaken, the facility is still on government-owned land. If you want to see something similar done elsewhere, take a look at Norway.<br><br>
By the way - it's still funny to look at from "the other side of the ocean"... but more related to the politics and the political system "over there".


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Post Re: SpaceX - News Items   Posted on: Sat Aug 20, 2011 10:47 am
OK. I accept as a fact that such things happen on this side of the ocean too. Apparently just not in my neighbourhood ;P. Let's not derail this topic any more.

So getting back to SpaceX: on Thursday (August 18th 2011) they've posten on Facebook:

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Walking around the Hawthorne factory this past week, we saw no fewer than eight Dragons in various states--GO DRAGON GO!


Link to facebook gallery of pictures: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set ... 130&type=1


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Post Re: SpaceX - News Items   Posted on: Thu Sep 01, 2011 7:50 pm
From NASA's Return on Investment Report (August 2011)
http://www.nasa.gov/pdf/580957main_Augu ... rt_508.pdf

NASA’s Return on Investment Report wrote:
NEXT SPACEX CARGO DEMO FLIGHT

After the successful launch of the first SpaceX cargo demonstration flight (C1) in December 2010, SpaceX approached NASA with a plan to accelerate its cargo transportation capability by attempting to achieve the third cargo demonstration flight (C3) mission objectives on the second demonstration (C2) flight. C2 mission objectives include demonstrating ISS/Dragon communications and flight navigation, control, and contingency operations near ISS. C3 mission objectives include demonstrating ISS proximity operations, berthing with the ISS, cargo transfer, and return to Earth. Operationally, the plan would be for SpaceX to successfully complete all the C2 mission objectives and then be given approval to rendezvous and berth with the ISS during the same flight. According to Alan Lindenmoyer, Commercial Crew and Cargo Program Manager, “Combining C2 and C3 could accelerate cargo services to station by about two months.” NASA will not relax or eliminate any technical or safety requirements; rather, the combination will allow SpaceX the opportunity to meet all the C2 and C3 milestone objectives in a single flight.

At this point, NASA has not identified anything that would preclude combining the C2 and C3 mission objectives and is proceeding with mission planning. However, SpaceX wants to deploy two commercial satellites (Orbcomm) from the F9 second stage. The addition of Orbcomm's payloads to the combined mission is under review. If the risks associated with the secondary payloads are determined to be acceptable, NASA will give formal approval to the combined mission execution.

The C2 Falcon 9 launch vehicle is currently at Pad 40, Cape Canaveral, and is undergoing final preparation for the mission. The integrated Dragon spacecraft is preparing for electromagnetic compatibility and thermal vacuum testing to verify the spacecraft's compatibility with ISS environments. The Dragon spacecraft is planned to be shipped from SpaceX’s Hawthorne facility to Cape Canaveral in September.


Also in this issue of ROI:
  • Commercial Crew keeps rolling through CCDEV2 milestones (includes sccesful review of Dragon's LAS design)
  • Commercial partners expand collaboration with NASA
  • NASA and ULA form newpartnership


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Post Re: SpaceX - News Items   Posted on: Fri Sep 02, 2011 3:35 pm
Mchl wrote:
Also in this issue of ROI:
  • Commercial Crew keeps rolling through CCDEV2 milestones (includes sccesful review of Dragon's LAS design)

There has been already been a successful PDR?, CDR? of the Dragon LAS and SpaceX themselves have not issued a press release about it? Why?

edit: because it was neither:
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A launch abort system concept review for
SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft, which showed
feasibility of their design concept

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Post Re: SpaceX - News Items   Posted on: Fri Sep 02, 2011 9:49 pm
Sorry about that. English is my second language. Next time I'll just C/P without trying to interpret ;)


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Post Re: SpaceX - News Items   Posted on: Fri Sep 02, 2011 10:27 pm
hehe, English isn't my first language either (that would be German as can be easily guessed by looking at my location ;)).

But no need to apologize, because you didn't even make any mistake (apart from a missing "u" :p), you just left out a word and that got me overly excited.

And then I did, what nobody should do on forums: post a reply before checking the facts yourself. :mrgreen:

A successful review of their concept is nevertheless a good thing. So NASA thinks it can be done -> time to implement it! Oh and ASAP please!

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Post Re: SpaceX - News Items   Posted on: Sat Sep 03, 2011 1:40 pm
Not sure about 'u' but I sure left out one 's' from 'successful' ;) Good thing I always try to leave a link to source, so your confusion didn't last all that long ;)

edit: Ah... see the missing 'u' now :)


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Post Re: SpaceX - News Items   Posted on: Thu Sep 22, 2011 9:15 pm
http://www.parabolicarc.com/2011/09/22/ ... agonrider/

There's something in this article, that I hadn't heard of before.

Doug Messier wrote:
[...] SpaceX remains focused on being able to launch the freighter to the International Space Station as planned in late November despite the scheduling problems caused by the recent loss of a Russian Progress vehicle. That failure has caused a delay in crew rotation, meaning that a crew trained to grapple and berth the Dragon won’t be on station until late December.
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Post Re: SpaceX - News Items   Posted on: Mon Sep 26, 2011 3:56 pm
Looks like they are also developing a reusable VTVL rocket!
http://www.parabolicarc.com/2011/09/24/ ... vl-rocket/

another interesting bit of information in that article: an average of 5 Merlin-1D test firings per week! 8)

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