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Old 06-01-2014, 09:40 AM  
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SpaceX megathread

Repurposing the thread for a general SpaceX updates thread. Original OP about the expected manned missions in 2016-2017 can be found here:

http://www.chiefsplanet.com/BB/showt...php?p=10663604

For a list of upcoming launches, see here:

http://spacexstats.com/upcoming.php

For most launches, SpaceX will have a webcast going here:

http://www.spacex.com/webcast/

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Old 06-01-2014, 09:43 AM   #2
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Old 06-01-2014, 09:44 AM   #3
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Old 06-01-2014, 09:44 AM   #4
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SpaceX expects manned flight to ISS in 2016-2017

I've always casually paid attention to what SpaceX is up to, but I had no idea they were this far along. I'll post a few articles and videos, but here are the high points:
  • It's a three-stage system, and their goal is that ALL THREE will be 100% reusable, dramatically reducing the cost of space flight.
  • The crazy thing about that is that the three stages will all land themselves on land (no splashdowns, no parachutes) right back at the launch site.
  • The passenger module can handle up to seven crew at a time (compared to 3 for the Soyuz), again increasing the ability to move people back and forth easily.
  • As you might imagine, the technology in this thing is way beyond the Shuttle or Soyuz, so in theory, it'll be considerably safer since it can handle more situations automatically.

Here's the announcement page from SpaceX to get you started.

http://www.spacex.com/news/2014/05/3...ned-spacecraft




And here's a general CNN article from CNN with some videos. I'll try and post the good ones.

http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/29/us/spacex-new-spacecraft/

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Here's an animation of the capsule re-entry and landing:


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Old 06-01-2014, 09:46 AM   #5
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Here's a test flight of the main rocket landing itself. This one is way cool. I wouldn't have guessed you could have that much control using thrusters on the bottom like that.

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Old 06-01-2014, 09:47 AM   #6
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Here's an animation of the capsule re-entry and landing:

That cartoon makes me feel a little better about it.
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And here's the entire unveil event if you're in the mood for the in-depth look:

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The rocket test is even more impressive. They are hoping to have these things land themselves so softly that they can reassemble, refuel, and relaunch in only a couple days.

They've got a long way to go, but if they can pull it off, it will DRAMATICALLY decrease the cost of space flight as we know it.
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Old 06-01-2014, 09:59 AM   #10
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Old 06-01-2014, 10:13 AM   #11
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Ars has some cool photos. One of the console, once rotated 180 and cropped, is now my wallpaper.

http://arstechnica.com/science/2014/...space-capsule/

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Old 06-01-2014, 10:17 AM   #12
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The rocket test is even more impressive. They are hoping to have these things land themselves so softly that they can reassemble, refuel, and relaunch in only a couple days.

They've got a long way to go, but if they can pull it off, it will DRAMATICALLY decrease the cost of space flight as we know it.
Even more impressive is that the engines are 3D printed. I thought I misheard Tony, err, I mean Elon, when he said that.

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http://3dprint.com/4740/spacex-dragon-2-3d-print/
So, how is SpaceX able to produce such a powerful thruster, at minimal costs, and still meet the strict deadlines set by their client, NASA? For one, they use 3D printing. That’s right, the most advanced manufacturer of rockets and spacecraft on the planet, relies on a process called direct metal laser sintering, to create one of the most important components of the SuperDraco thruster, the combustion chamber for the engine. The chambers are 3D printed with a material called Inconel, which is very high performance nickel chromium superalloy, known for its amazing strength and toughness.
Obligatory test firing video!

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Old 06-01-2014, 10:19 AM   #13
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yeah I was reading about this yesterday. pretty awesome elon musk is the man
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they want to 3d print everything so they can eventually print everything in space and we can build the death star
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****ing cool. Thanks for posting it!
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