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User currently offlineZANL188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3565 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 3 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 5056 times:
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I figure Spacex deserves it's own flight test thread as well, particularly now that Falcon 9 has flown and Dragon is progressing.

Anyhow - Dragon did a successful drop test last week. Video here:

http://spacex.com/multimedia/videos.php?id=54

Dragon info page here:

http://www.spacex.com/dragon.php


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User currently offlinemaxter From Australia, joined May 2009, 224 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 3 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 5010 times:

Hey thanks for the link to the video.

Great to see private space progressing.

Cheers,



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User currently offlineZANL188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3565 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 3 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 4952 times:
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First spaceworthy Dragon cargo craft delivered to Cape Kennedy. Set for launch later this year on a Falcon 9.

http://www.spaceflightnow.com/falcon9/002/100820update



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User currently offlinenomadd22 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 1896 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (4 years 3 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 4897 times:

I'm hoping a few good Dragon tests will get the funds for an LAS for the Dragon flowing. A few hundred million would be pretty small change compared to what the government has thrown at the defunct Ares.


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User currently offlineZANL188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3565 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 4572 times:
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Spacex asked for 23 Oct slot on the range for the next Falcon 9 launch....

http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/gener.../2010/08/30/07.xml&headline=SpaceX



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User currently offlinecentrair From Japan, joined Jan 2005, 3598 posts, RR: 20
Reply 5, posted (4 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3969 times:

If all goes with this test and the following one, I wonder if some other countries might approach Space-X to provide for their programs?

Imagine if Japan, Brazil, Korea, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, the UK or even Australia said, "hey we don't have to develop our own program and we don't have to go to the US or Russia. We can just buy these Falcon/Dragons."

Space-X has put a lot into the US, but has stated interest from other places.

There is something in me that says, if this is successful, it might just create an amazing new industry with immense competition worldwide. Not for getting to space, but for winning government contracts to provide access to space from those countries.



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User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14129 posts, RR: 62
Reply 6, posted (4 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3947 times:

Don´t forget that the Space X program so far is only doing ballistic flights. They don´t have to deal with the problem of getting the spacecraft to orbital velocities or with the problem of slowing it down again for landing. Especially there is little problem with heat dissipation.

At the moment Space X doesn´t do anything which couldn´t be done cheaper with an unmanned sounding rocket.
Once (maybe with the next generation of vehicle) they can get into orbit, it might become commercially interesting, especially if they can carry a payload of a certain size.

Jan


User currently offlinenomadd22 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 1896 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (4 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3937 times:

Quoting MD11Engineer (Reply 6):
Don´t forget that the Space X program so far is only doing ballistic flights. They don´t have to deal with the problem of getting the spacecraft to orbital velocities or with the problem of slowing it down again for landing. Especially there is little problem with heat dissipation.
 

At the moment Space X doesn´t do anything which couldn´t be done cheaper with an unmanned sounding rocket.
Once (maybe with the next generation of vehicle) they can get into orbit, it might become commercially interesting, especially if they can carry a payload of a certain size.


I think you're mixing SpaceX up with Scaled Composites, who flew Spaceship 1 and is developing SS2 for Virgin Galactic. SpaceX launches the Falcon 1s and Falcon 9s, and has never had a suborbital craft. They've launched one commercial payload on a Falcon 1 and recently had a succesful Falcon 9 inaugural flight to orbit.
The first functioning Dragon will be on the 2nd F9 flight in November and will be recovered after 3 or 4 orbits.



Andy Goetsch
User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14129 posts, RR: 62
Reply 8, posted (4 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3934 times:

My bad. I really confused these two programmes.

Jan


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