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Posted 11 June 2013 - 21:14
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Posted 21 June 2013 - 02:24
SpaceX completed first-stage development testing on June 19 with a firing that achieved all verifications needed following earlier stage testing. With this test, we have achieved the equivalent of nearly two full mission duty cycles on the integrated stage. We are now moving into the stage acceptance tests and final preparations for flight.
Posted 27 June 2013 - 21:49
Posted 02 July 2013 - 03:56
SpaceX Commercial Crew project manager Garrett Reisman says his company's plan to conduct a pad abort test in December remains on track, paving the way for a test flight to the space station with a non-NASA crew in a version of the Dragon spacecraft in 2015. “What we think we need to complete launch assurance is just over two years, so we could do a test with people on board around mid-2015.
Following a flight review of the upgraded Falcon 9 standard for human missions in mid-November, SpaceX plans to conduct a pad abort test a month later. “The primary structure for the pad abort is already fabricated and almost complete. This the next really exciting milestone and the first abort test as part of commercial crew program. We are going to stick Dragon on top of a Falcon 9 and take it to the transonic regime. We will light up the launch abort system and fly away safely from the Falcon 9. This will demonstrate total thrust (as opposed to total impulse),” adds Reisman. “Then we move on to the human certification review.” The qualification effort of the Dragon primary structure is due to be completed in mid-January, with the integrated CDR for the entire vehicle now set for March 2014 and an inflight abort test the following month.
Posted 02 July 2013 - 16:10
Posted 02 July 2013 - 23:06
"SpaceX is planning to run another test at our rocket development facility in McGregor, Texas that will be significantly louder than the typical tests we run daily. This test will be similar in scope to recent tests, running from seconds in duration up to several minutes. The earliest possible date for the upcoming test is Wed., July 3rd."
Posted 03 July 2013 - 20:48
The company delivered a detailed pad abort test plan to NASA in March, and in May completed its human certification plan review with delivery of overall certification and master verification plans. The preliminary design of the automatic-approach-and-docking system as well as the entry, descent and landing system is subject to an on-orbit and entry preliminary design review in July. Following a Dragon parachute test in August, the detailed inflight abort test review is slated for September, with the over-arching safety review covering hazard analysis, safety assessment and failure modes, due in October.
Posted 05 July 2013 - 05:05
@SpaceX: An American flag flies high atop SpaceX’s new transporter erector at Vandenberg. #HappyFourthofJuly! http://t.co/3mKA7QU7gJ
Posted 09 July 2013 - 15:32
"We've looked at a number of different architectures, we haven't honed in on one just yet," said Shotwell. "I think we're still considering vehicle diameter. But the vehicle diameter is large, 7m minimum, multiple engines. These are big rockets." ...
Shotwell said a possible payload range of the new rocket is 150-200t to low Earth orbit (LEO).
Posted 10 July 2013 - 01:31
Posted 11 July 2013 - 19:27
Posted 11 July 2013 - 23:48
Soooo with the Falcon heavy they are going to get all 3 stages into orbit?
Do they have any test flights before this one? I want to see that baby fly.