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Spacex Flight Test Thread

Fri Aug 20, 2010 10:43 pm

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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RE: Spacex Flight Test Thread

Sat Aug 21, 2010 5:55 am

Hey thanks for the link to the video.

Great to see private space progressing.

Cheers,
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RE: Spacex Flight Test Thread

Sat Aug 21, 2010 12:46 pm

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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RE: Spacex Flight Test Thread

Sun Aug 22, 2010 12:40 am

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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RE: Spacex Flight Test Thread

Sat Sep 04, 2010 2:26 am

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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RE: Spacex Flight Test Thread

Thu Oct 07, 2010 6:50 am

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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RE: Spacex Flight Test Thread

Thu Oct 07, 2010 9:15 am

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.

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RE: Spacex Flight Test Thread

Thu Oct 07, 2010 11:36 am

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.
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RE: Spacex Flight Test Thread

Thu Oct 07, 2010 11:59 am

My bad. I really confused these two programmes.

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