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DocM, 26 Nov 2012
Posted 12 Jul 2013
No Contest for Pad 39A? SpaceX Appears To Be Only Bidder
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) appears to be the only company that put in a proposal to NASA to take over one of the space shuttle
Posted 15 Jul 2013
Rain and SpaceX thunder
I'd thought the weather would preclude testing at SpaceX's McGregor site today
I would love to own one of these ;) more or so the dragon on the end.
Elon Musk ‏@elonmusk
Just completed full mission duration firing of next gen Falcon 9 booster. V proud of the boost stage team for overcoming many tough issues.
@elonmusk How do you guys plan grasshopper re-entry and landing from space? Nose first then swivel closer to ground :? How do you slow down?
Elon Musk ?@elonmusk
@_Balefire_ Hard to properly answer in 140 chars, but I can say that it stays engines down thru whole descent profile
@elonmusk Very interesting, will you need a disposable cone protecting against re entry (aero) on base or can the nozzles take it? Dankie!!!
Elon Musk ?@elonmusk
@_Balefire_ nozzles are designed to handle extreme loads. Should be able to handle max Q on reentry without protection.
Tobias Vandenbempt ?@TobiasVdb
@elonmusk How much % extra fuel would you need to make a landing like grasshopper? Is the entire braking procedure by firing trusters?
Elon Musk ?@elonmusk
@TobiasVdb Yes, it is a purely propulsive landing, but using the huge landing gear A frames as air brakes. Landing prop < 5% of vehicle mass
Posted 17 Jul 2013
SpaceX gets McGregor approval to test Falcon HeavyThe city of McGregor has amended its lease with SpaceX to allow the company to test
Posted 19 Jul 2013
SpaceX Testing Complete at NASA Glenn's Renovated Facility
CLEVELAND - How loud is 166 decibels? It's about as loud as the thrust of 20 jet engines or a rock concert with 36,000 speakers. It's also the level of noise some spacecraft experience when launched and is now the highest level of noise that can be produced in the Reverberant Acoustic Test Facility (RATF) located at NASA Glenn Research Center's Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, Ohio.
For the first time in the RATF, spaceflight components were subjected to these high noise levels to determine if they would withstand acoustic reverberations during launch or launch aborts. Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) completed testing on a 5.2-meter fairing for its Falcon 9 rocket in the RATF and Plum Brook's Space Power Facility (SPF) vacuum chamber this summer. The tests confirmed the fairing could withstand the harsh conditions associated with space travel.
According to Glenn's director, Jim Free, "The SpaceX fairing tests prove the Space Power Facility can enable strong commercial space transportation capabilities and other missions. The facility is now ready to provide vibroacoustic test capabilities and one-stop space environmental testing for space vehicles."
Glenn's Plum Brook Station is unrivaled in its space environment simulation test capabilities. The SPF combines the world's largest vacuum chamber and the world's most powerful low-frequency mechanical vibration test stand. With the recently-added acoustic test chamber, SPF has become the world's most powerful simulator of noise levels experienced during launch.
"While we're focused on rapid innovation, SpaceX's first priority is always to get our customers' payloads safely to orbit," said Elon Musk, SpaceX CEO and chief designer. "Testing at Plum Brook enabled simulation of some unique flight conditions, furthering what we are able to do on the ground to ensure flight success."
With collaborations like Glenn's work with SpaceX to test its fairing, NASA is growing America's commercial space industry and, at the same time, taking steps to explore farther into our solar system and beyond.
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