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The CRS-8 Dragon will be hauling 7,000 pounds worth of supplies up to the ISS. Almost half of that weight is from something incredible: a 12-foot wide space house that astronauts are going to stick to the side of the ISS and then inflate. BEAM (or the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module) is the first test of this particular tech in space.
|Quoting rampbro (Reply 107):|
Stuck the landing!
|Quoting SeJoWa (Reply 106):|
Quite a feat, bringing that rocket back to stand on a platform floating in the Atlantic ocean.
|Quoting zanl188 (Reply 112):|
Musk said during the post launch press conference that winds in the landing area were at 50MPH!
|Quoting francoflier (Reply 113):|
And that barge was going through 10 foot swells too...
|Quoting Tugger (Reply 114):|
I do not know how that thing does not just tip over from all that. I would love to see what they do and how they secure the booster for transit back to port.
|Quoting Planeflyer (Reply 115):|
Any idea how soon they will try to fly this rocket again?
|Quoting SeJoWa (Reply 119):|
Next up [within a couple of months?], attaching and inflating the Bigelow Aerospace hab.
|Quoting casinterest (Reply 109):|
I don't know. Little outside the bullseye
|Quoting ZaphodHarkonnen (Reply 120):|
If you watch the video it touches down within the yellow circle then bounces/slides out. Probably due to a combination of wind, slight rise before engine cutoff, and bouncing.
Elon Musk’s space transport company — chartered with a long-term goal of colonizing Mars — plans to send the first commercial mission to the red planet as soon as 2018 with assistance from NASA, SpaceX announced Wednesday.
Measuring about 20 feet tall and 12 feet wide, the Red Dragon spacecraft will not carry astronauts, but it will land on Mars to show the new capsule’s ability to reach far-flung destinations throughout the solar system, SpaceX said.
Musk plans to reveal SpaceX’s concept for sending humans to Mars in September at the 67th International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico.
SpaceX announced the first Red Dragon mission on the company’s social media accounts Wednesday.
“SpaceX is planning to send Dragons to Mars as early as 2018,” the company said on Facebook. “Red Dragon missions will help inform the overall Mars architecture that will be unveiled later this year. These missions will help demonstrate the technologies needed to land large payloads propulsively on Mars.”
Musk has kept details of SpaceX’s Mars initiative secret ahead of his presentation later this year in Mexico.
More than half of Mars missions have ended in failure, and NASA is the only space agency to successfully land a spacecraft on the red planet and return useful science data.
|Quoting moo (Reply 141):|
There is some concern of damage on this booster, as it was a three engine deceleration burn rather than the single engine used previously - the reentry was hotter as well, and there was a post-landing fire which is yet to be investigated, so it will be interesting to see what the final outcome of this landing is.
|Quoting nomadd22 (Reply 142):|
There's nothing to investigate. Kerosene dribbles out of the fuel lines for several minutes every time they get a booster back or have an extended test fire. It's normal and expected.
|Quoting zanl188 (Reply 145):|
I understood FH core would land downrange and later than the boosters...
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