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Old 05-25-2012, 12:43 PM   #451
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This is awesome.... The dragon has 8 parts made by my place of work on it . Cool to think where those parts are now... congrats SpaceX
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Old 05-26-2012, 09:53 AM   #452
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Old 05-31-2012, 12:11 PM   #453
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Looks like it's back down! Congrats tge and SpaceX. Tremendous job!

http://www.usatoday.com/tech/science...urn/55295594/1

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The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean on Thursday, capping the first private cargo run to the space station.

Space station astronauts detached the cargo capsule from the International Space Station in the early morning with the 58-foot robot arm aboard the orbiting lab. A series of rocket firings lowered the capsule's orbit from 230 miles high, allowing it to re-enter the atmosphere and parachute to an ocean landing around 11:42 a.m. EDT, more than 560 miles southwest of Los Angeles.
The re-entry was reminiscent of Mercury and Apollo capsules returning to Earth in the era before the space shuttle, although it relied on three boats and a barge to retrieve the capsule, instead of the U.S. Navy.


"Dragon is in the water," said Josh Byerly of NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, which oversees space station operations.
The spacecraft delivered roughly 1,000 pounds of food and equipment to the space station on the mission, and returned with 1,455 pounds of used experiments and other cargo. The cargo delivery and return was the first of 12 such missions planned for the spacecraft through 2015, as part of a $1.6 billion agreement between SpaceX of Hawthorne, Calif., and NASA.
The spacecraft was launched last week aboard one of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rockets from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, with the mission run by SpaceX engineers out of their Hawthorne headquarters, with space agency oversight. Berthing of the capsule last Friday followed two days of safety demonstrations of its maneuvering capabilities, and a swift work-around of a problem with one laser that provided the range readings as it approached the orbiting lab.
"SpaceX should be justifiably proud of the technical achievement they have succeeded with on this mission," says space analyst Marcia Smith of the Space and Technology Policy Group in Arlington, Va. "Now we will have to see if the kind of private-public partnership seen here does save the taxpayer's money in the long run."
A second private firm, Orbital Science Corp., of Dulles, Va., plans to launch its Cygnus cargo capsule to the space station on a demonstration launch later this summer, part of an eight-mission contract with the space agency. "Much has been made of the commercial side of this partnerships, but taxpayers have contributed around $500 million to the development of these cargo vehicles," Smith said.
For now, the Dragon capsule represents the only cargo capsule capable of returning equipment to Earth from the space station, unlike the Russian, European and Japanese ones that burn up on re-entry.
After recovery of the capsule by divers operating from a barge, the capsule will be returned to a McGregor, Texas, factory for examination and repair for its next cargo run. Future Dragon capsules will aim for ground landings with "helicopter precision," SpaceX founder Elon Musk noted by Twitter during the capsule's return on Thursday.
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Old 05-31-2012, 12:22 PM   #454
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Awesome!!!! Congrats Space-X!

Let's keep the streak going!
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Old 05-31-2012, 12:22 PM   #455
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Old 05-31-2012, 12:29 PM   #456
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Congratulations Space-X!
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Old 05-31-2012, 03:02 PM   #457
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Great job. Now, when's that IPO gonna happen?
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Old 05-31-2012, 03:27 PM   #458
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Old 05-31-2012, 03:41 PM   #459
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Outstanding! Finally proof that we can get rid of yet another bloated government organization and do better, for cheaper, on the public side. Now maybe we will have money pay teachers what they deserve.



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Old 05-31-2012, 03:48 PM   #460
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Outstanding! Finally proof that we can get rid of yet another bloated government organization and do better, for cheaper, on the public side. Now maybe we will have money pay teachers what they deserve.



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Old 05-31-2012, 03:59 PM   #461
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Congrats Space-X!
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Old 05-31-2012, 05:03 PM   #462
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You got a lot of carbon scoring here. Looks like you boys have seen a lot of action.
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Old 05-31-2012, 05:52 PM   #463
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So it's come to this...
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Old 06-02-2012, 08:58 PM   #464
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Old 06-02-2012, 11:36 PM   #465
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Old 06-02-2012, 11:55 PM   #466
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That's awesome.
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Old 06-03-2012, 12:00 AM   #467
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Yay Space!
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Old 08-04-2012, 12:10 AM   #468
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Well apparently TopGunE isn't around to bump this anymore but...

*They're in the taxi bidness now:

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wir...3#.UBygS0TbG2w
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NASA picks 3 private firms to develop space taxis


NASA picked three aerospace companies Friday to build small rocketships to take astronauts to the International Space Station.


This is the third phase of NASA's efforts to get private space companies to take over the job of the now-retired space shuttle. The companies will share more than $1.1 billion. Two of the ships are capsules like in the Apollo era and the third is closer in design to the space shuttle.


Once the spaceships are built, NASA plans to hire the private companies to taxi astronauts into space within five years. Until they are ready, NASA is paying Russia about $63 million per astronaut to do the job.


In a statement, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said the move "will help keep us on track to tend the outsourcing of human spaceflight."


NASA hopes that by having private firms ferry astronauts into low Earth orbit, it can focus on larger long-term goals, like sending crews to a nearby asteroid and eventually Mars. The private companies can also make money in tourism and other non-NASA business.


The three companies are the Boeing Co. of Houston, Space Exploration Technologies, called SpaceX, of Hawthorne, Calif., and Sierra Nevada Corp. of Louisville, Colo.


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Old 10-07-2012, 10:34 AM   #469
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And not a single **** was given?

http://news.yahoo.com/private-spacex...095331764.html

Private SpaceX Cargo Ship Launching 'New Era' for Space Station Today

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An unmanned private spacecraft is counting down to launch the first commercial delivery to the International Space Station tonight (Oct. 7), marking a major shift in how NASA sends supplies and gear to the orbiting lab.

The gumdrop-shaped Dragon space capsule built by the private spaceflight company SpaceX is set to blast off from a pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida to begin a three-day voyage to the space station. Liftoff is set for 8:35 p.m. EDT (0035 Monday GMT).

"Tomorrow's SpaceX launch begins a new era for spaceflight and the International Space Station," Sam Scimemi, NASA's space station director, said in a briefing Saturday (Oct. 6). "These flights are critical to the space station's sustainment and to help begin its full utilization."

SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft will launch atop the company's Falcon 9 rocket carrying nearly 1,000 pounds (453 kilograms) of cargo for astronauts living on the space station. The crew plans to welcome the spacecraft on Wednesday (Oct. 10) by grappling it with a robotic arm and attaching it to the station.

The mission is the first of at least 12 cargo runs for NASA that SpaceX will perform under a $1.6 billion deal to deliver 20 metric tons of supplies to the station for the U.S. space agency.

SpaceX is also working to upgrade the Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rockets to launch seven-astronaut crews into orbit. The spacecraft was designed from the start to enable future crewed flights, according to SpaceX's CEO Elon Musk, the billionaire entrepreneur who founded the company in 2002.

With NASA's space shuttle fleet retired, the space agency is depending on commercial spacecraft like SpaceX's Dragon capsules to ferry cargo — and eventually astronauts —into and from low-Earth orbit. The agency is outsourcing those services to commercial companies while developing its own new rocket and spacecraft for deep-space exploration.

What goes up can come down
SpaceX is one of two companies with contracts to provide cargo shipments to the space station for NASA. The other firm, the Virginia-based Orbital Sciences Corp., has a $1.9 billion deal for station resupply flights using its new Antares rocket and unmanned Cygnus spacecraft. Of the two companies, only SpaceX's Dragon is capable of returning cargo to Earth for retrieval.

"We're very excited. This is the first time we're taking a powered cargo up," SpaceX President Gywnne Shotwell said. "We're quite excited about the missions both up and back."

Some notable items making the trip up to the space station: a collection of 23 student experiments; a spare urine pump for a space toilet; and astronaut food, including a special delivery of ice cream for the station's three-person crew. The ice cream will fly up inside a powered freezer along with other items, NASA officials said.

Coming back down: 500 samples of astronaut blood and urine, some that have been stored in station freezers for more than a year awaiting a ride home; space station equipment
"The SpaceX Dragon is really important in bringing research from the station back to Earth," station program scientist Julie Robinson said in a briefing. "It essentially replaces the capacity that we lost when the shuttle retired."

Building on success

Tonight's launch follows a successful May test flight that sent a SpaceX Dragon capsule to the station, then returned it to Earth with a smooth splashdown in the Pacific Ocean near Southern California. But unlike the May flight, which delivered a small amount of cargo, Dragon is making a complete cargo run to and from the station. [SpaceX's 1st Dragon Flight to Space Station (Video)]
The mission take less time to reach the station, too, since SpaceX does not need to repeat some rendezvous tests that prolonged the first flight.

"This time we will be driving right to station," Shotwell said.

In fact, SpaceX and NASA mission managers plan to return nearly 2,000 pounds (907 kilograms) of science experiment results, equipment and other items back to Earth when the Dragon capsule returns. That's nearly twice the amount of supplies the spacecraft is delivering.

"Some of it is for research, and some of it are [orbital replacement units] to be refurbished or repaired," station program manager Mike Suffredini said.
Having a U.S.-based cargo ship for the space station has made adding last-minute items, such as replacements for broken parts, much easier, Suffredini added. Until now, NASA has had to ship station cargo not riding on shuttles to its partners in Europe, Japan and Russia to pack aboard those countries' unmanned space trucks. With an American spacecraft, the process is faster and more flexible, he said.

"This capability is vital to the International Space Station," Suffredini said.

How to watch SpaceX launch
NASA will provide a broadcast of SpaceX's launch to the International Space Station tonight on its NASA TV channel, as well as via a webcast. You can watch the launch live on NASA TV here beginning at 7 p.m. EDT (2300 GMT).

The Falcon 9 rocket's ascent may also be visible from the U.S. East Coast, weather permitting.

Current weather forecasts predict a 60 percent chance of good conditions for tonight's launch attempt. SpaceX also has two other backup launch windows, on Monday and Tuesday, if needed. The weather on those days is expected to be pristine, with an 80 percent chance of good conditions, mission managers said.

Editor's Note: If you snap an amazing photo of SpaceX's launch of its Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule on Sunday and would like to share it for a story or gallery, send images and details (including launch viewing location) to managing editor Tariq Malik at tmalik@space.com.

Visit SPACE.com this week for complete coverage of SpaceX's first Dragon cargo flight to the International Space Station.
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Old 10-07-2012, 10:37 AM   #470
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Our main man isn't around to give us updates anymore...
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Old 10-07-2012, 12:31 PM   #471
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Eh, whatever. Stuff this cool is better coming out of someone else's mouth anyways.
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Old 10-07-2012, 08:47 PM   #472
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Dammit I missed it! I was out hiking and got a text from my brother asking if I was watching it.
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Congrats to the guys over at Hawthorne.
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Old 10-08-2012, 01:16 AM   #474
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Pretty freaking cool.

There was an anomaly in one engine on takeoff so it was shutdown. The computer just increased the thrust on the remaining engines, and extended the burn time to ensure it made it to orbit. Will be interesting to see what went wrong with that engine.

It also carried another satellite in the second stage that will be deployed sometime after the dragon capsule is released to go chase down the ISS. Hitching a ride on a rocket to space
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Old 10-10-2012, 06:59 AM   #475
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did it again. Dragon captured by the ISS.
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