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Post Re: SpaceX - News Items   Posted on: Tue Jan 17, 2012 10:48 pm
Looks like there is going to be a bit of a delay visiting the ISS

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/01/17 ... iss_delay/

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Post Re: SpaceX - News Items   Posted on: Fri Jan 20, 2012 7:17 pm
The Feb. 7th flight has been postponed:

1st Private Rocket Launch to Space Station Delayed.
by Denise Chow, SPACE.com Staff Writer
Date: 16 January 2012 Time: 01:51 PM ET
http://www.space.com/14251-launch-delay ... light.html


The Russians and some members of NASA were uncertain about SpaceX's ability to perform the linkup with the ISS successfully. For a $100 billion asset, that is an understandable concern.

A couple of suggestions. First hire away from the Russians some top guys involved with the Progress cargo vehicle to the ISS and from the Europeans some top guys involved with the ESA's Automated Transfer Vehicle(ATV). For the billion dollar cargo supply contract SpaceX has with NASA, it can afford to do that.

Secondly, prior to the ISS docking mission do some rendezvous missions in space with the Dragon spacecraft. Ideally it would be with a vehicle that it could actually dock with. The Progress M-13M cargo vehicle for instance is scheduled to undock from the ISS in a few days. According to the Wikipedia page the undocking is scheduled for the 25th:

Progress M-13M.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Progress_M-13M

while on this NASA release it's listed as on the 23rd:

NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 19 January 2012.
Source: NASA HQ
Posted Thursday, January 19, 2012
http://www.spaceref.com/news/viewsr.html?pid=39635

The release of a small Russian satellite from the Progress and the de-orbit burn for the Progress is scheduled to occur a day later. Could the undocking or least the de-orbit burn be postponed for enough time for SpaceX to launch the Dragon to be able link up with the Progress vehicle?

In any case, the current plan is not for Dragon to perform the final link-up with ISS under its own power and navigation capabilities but just to get close enough for the robot arm to grapple it and pull it to the station to dock with it. So for this, all the Dragon has to do is demonstrate the ability to get close enough to some orbiting satellite without colliding with it to within a similar distance is it would be to the ISS. It might be able to do this several times with different satellites to further demonstrate this capability.


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Post Re: SpaceX - News Items   Posted on: Wed Feb 01, 2012 4:01 pm
So the COTS 2/3 demo has been postponed, but that doesn't mean Spacex is doing nothing in between. They have just added a first video showing testfirings of the SuperDraco engine (used for the LES and future propulsive landing):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUUnYgo1-lI

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the SuperDraco sustained full duration, full thrust firing as well as a series of deep throttling demonstrations.



edit: and here is the press release:
http://www.spacex.com/press.php?page=20120201

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Post Re: SpaceX - News Items   Posted on: Wed Feb 29, 2012 10:14 pm
Quite unexpectedly:

http://space.brevardtimes.com/2012/02/s ... arsal.html

Brevard Times wrote:
Spacex Falcon 9 Wet Dress Rehearsal Tomorrow

CAPE CANAVERAL, Floirda - Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) is inviting the press for a photo opportunity at the company’s Cape Canaveral launch site (SLC-40) on on Thursday, March 1st.

SpaceX Communications Director Kirstin Brost Grantham stated in a press release that media will be able to take pictures of the 180-foot Falcon 9 rocket as it stands vertical at the launch pad for a wet dress rehearsal.

Yesterday, the Dragon spaceship and Falcon 9 rocket completed assembly in Cape Canaveral (pictured above).

In December 2008, NASA announced the selection of SpaceX's Falcon 9 launch vehicle and Dragon Spacecraft to resupply the International Space Station (ISS). The $1.6 billion contract represents a minimum of 12 flights, with an option to order additional missions for a cumulative total contract value of up to $3.1 billion.


Also a picture of F9/Dragon assembly vertical on pad: Image


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Post Re: SpaceX - News Items   Posted on: Thu Mar 15, 2012 10:23 pm
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We are targeting 4/30 for upcoming test flight, NASA will set official date at Flight Readiness Review on 4/16.


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Post Re: SpaceX - News Items   Posted on: Sat Mar 17, 2012 4:31 pm
Another update from SpaceX. Lots of stuff from them recently.

SpaceX wrote:
Enter the Dragon, Please Take Your Seats

SpaceX Completes Important Commercial Crew Milestone

SpaceX continues to prepare for our upcoming test flight in which we will attempt to send the Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station. At the same time we continue making rapid progress in our efforts to prepare the Dragon spacecraft to carry astronauts.

You may have read our update on the initial tests of the SuperDraco engines that will power the launch escape system. Recently, SpaceX completed another important milestone – the first NASA Crew Trial, one of two crew tests as part of SpaceX’s work to build a prototype Dragon crew cabin.

For this milestone SpaceX demonstrated that our new crew cabin design will work well for astronauts in both nominal and off-nominal scenarios. It also provided our engineers with the opportunity to gain valuable feedback from both NASA astronauts and industry experts.

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SpaceX and NASA conducted a daylong review of the Dragon crew vehicle layout using the Dragon engineering model equipped
with seats and representations of crew systems. Photo: SpaceX



The engineering prototype includes seven seats as well as representations of crew accommodations such as lighting, environmental control and life support systems, displays, cargo racks, and other interior systems. During the daylong test, SpaceX and NASA evaluators including four NASA astronauts, participated in human factors assessments which covered entering and exiting Dragon under both normal and contingency cases, as well as reach and visibility evaluations.

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Test crew included (from top left): NASA Crew Survival Engineering Team Lead Dustin Gohmert, NASA Astronaut Tony Antonelli, NASA Astronaut Lee Archambault, SpaceX Mission Operations Engineer Laura Crabtree, SpaceX Thermal Engineer Brenda Hernandez, NASA Astronaut Rex Walheim, and NASA Astronaut Tim Kopra. Photo: Roger Gilbertson / SpaceX


The seven seats mount to strong, lightweight supporting structures attached to the pressure vessel walls. Each seat can hold an adult up to 6 feet 5 inches tall, 250 lbs, and has a liner that is custom-fit for the crewmember.

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With all seven crewmembers in their seats, Dragon has sufficient interior space for three additional people to stand and assist
the crew with their launch preparations.


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NASA Astronaut Rex Walheim, SpaceX CEO and Chief Designer Elon Musk and SpaceX Commercial Crew Development Manager
and former NASA Astronaut Garrett Reisman standing inside the Dragon spacecraft during testing activities.



In fact, Dragon has so much interior volume, that we could place an entire three-person Russian Soyuz capsule descent module inside Dragon’s pressure vessel.


SpaceX Featured on 60 Minutes

This Sunday, March 18th, SpaceX will be featured on CBS' 60 Minutes television program. Click here to preview the final piece and in the US, check your local listings for air times.

Stay tuned for more updates as we work towards making Dragon the most advanced spacecraft ever flown.


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Post Re: SpaceX - News Items   Posted on: Tue Mar 20, 2012 12:17 pm
The 60minutes stuff is well worth watching. Seems that Elon Musk is quite upset at the lack of support from some of the Apollo astronauts.


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Post Re: SpaceX - News Items   Posted on: Tue Mar 20, 2012 2:36 pm
thought he was going to cry!!

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Post Re: SpaceX - News Items   Posted on: Tue Mar 20, 2012 6:43 pm
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thought he was going to cry!!

He really looked like he was going was going to cry, but it is also quite a slap in the face when Neel Armstrong dislikes the the hole concept of SpaceX.


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Post Re: SpaceX - News Items   Posted on: Tue Mar 20, 2012 8:38 pm
On the other hand there's Buzz Aldrin who, as far as I remember, supports commercial space industry.

http://thoughteconomics.blogspot.com/20 ... ation.html

And if you ask me, Armstrong might have been the first to walk on the Moon, but Aldrin always seemed to be the more sensible one.


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Post Re: SpaceX - News Items   Posted on: Wed Mar 21, 2012 10:56 am
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On the other hand there's Buzz Aldrin who, as far as I remember, supports commercial space industry.

http://thoughteconomics.blogspot.com/20 ... ation.html

And if you ask me, Armstrong might have been the first to walk on the Moon, but Aldrin always seemed to be the more sensible one.

As far as I remember Armstrong is a pilot, while Aldrin has a degree from MIT in some form of engineering, so i totally agree, but still Armstrong's support would have been nice. Also hes (as well as anyone else's) arguments against commercial space are, as far as i can tell, based on ignorance rather than information. :-S


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Post Re: SpaceX - News Items   Posted on: Wed Mar 21, 2012 2:03 pm
Armstrong seems to be stuck in the 1960's NASA Cold War glory days paradigm to me. It's a classic case of Clarke's First Law: "When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong." It's up to the younger generations to ignore them, push on, and prove them wrong, thus furthering progress...

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Post Re: SpaceX - News Items   Posted on: Thu Mar 22, 2012 11:19 am
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/ ... eneur.html

The first commercial round-trips to Mars will blast off within 10 years, according to PayPal co-founder Elon Musk, CEO of U.S commercial rocket maker SpaceX.
The trip will cost a cool $500,000 (£300,000) - entirely payable through PayPal, no doubt.
In 2010, SpaceX became the first commercial company in history to launch a spacecraft into orbit and retrieve it, and has partnered with Nasa to carry out cargo deliveries to the International Space Station.


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/ ... z1pqMXAM6V

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Post Re: SpaceX - News Items   Posted on: Tue Mar 27, 2012 11:00 am
An article at Forbes about Musk

http://www.forbes.com/sites/hannahellio ... llionaire/

most of it not really SpaceX related, there's one interesting thing though.

Forbes wrote:
Musk says he will likely offer it publicly next year.


Not sure how I feel about that.


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Post Re: SpaceX - News Items   Posted on: Wed Mar 28, 2012 9:39 am
Mchl wrote:
An article at Forbes about Musk

http://www.forbes.com/sites/hannahellio ... llionaire/

most of it not really SpaceX related, there's one interesting thing though.

Forbes wrote:
Musk says he will likely offer it publicly next year.


Not sure how I feel about that.


Musk really has a lot of emotion built up in SpaceX. I'm GUESSING that even with an IPO, he will still be in charge. It's the only way he can continue to get SpaceX to do what he want it to do.


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