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Posted 28 February 2015 - 21:51

The food fight is on ;)

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Boeing throws shade on SpaceX ability to understand tasks - says Boeing has built every U.S. capsule & still has that experience 1/2
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Of course this is silly since Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo designers are dead or retired - but why be accurate, Boeing? 2/2


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SpaceX has more experience with 21st century capsule design than Boeing has at this point by simple virtue of actually flying one 1/2
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Posted 11 March 2015 - 17:36

From the Goddard 2015 conference



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Posted 25 March 2015 - 00:28

HOOYAH!!



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Posted 25 March 2015 - 10:25

https://blogs.nasa.g...-test-profile//

SpaceX Engine Test Demonstrates Pad Abort Test Profile

SpaceX ignited two of its SuperDraco engines together at the company’s Rocket Development Facility in McGregor, Texas, during a recent test of the reusable system. The firing was a demonstration of a pad abort test profile, with two SuperDraco engines igniting simultaneously and throttling as they will during an upcoming flight test at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

The SuperDraco system is integral to the company’s Crew Dragon spacecraft under development to carry crew to the International Space Station. Four SuperDraco pods, with two engines in each for a total of eight engines, are to be arranged on the Crew Dragon. During launch and ascent into space, the thrusters would be called on to push the spacecraft and crew out of danger in case of an abort.

The pad abort test will be performed under the company’s Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) agreement with NASA. However, SpaceX will use the data gathered during the development flight as it continues on the path to certification. Under a separate Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) contract, NASA’s Commercial Crew Program will certify SpaceX’s Crew Dragon, Falcon 9 rocket, ground and mission operations systems to fly crews to and from the space station.


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Before shows signs of previous hotfires, but little damage to the pods thermal protection.
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FLAME ON
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Posted 25 March 2015 - 10:55

Makes sense to, if you want to achieve rapid reuse then it isn't desirable to have to replace the thermal protection panel after each flight (same goes for other components) :p



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Posted 25 March 2015 - 11:03

I'm thinking were seeing the first demos of PICA-X III. PICA-X I was on cargo Dragon until recently when it was replaced by PICA-X II, both being brown in color, and the Dragon 2 reveal hinted that PICA-X III is black.

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Posted 10 April 2015 - 14:46

SpaceX has performed a tanking test of the Dragon V2 flight abort test first stage at Vandenberg.

NASASpaceFlight has a good article.

bullet points - pics & more at the NSF link

3 engines, possibly a repurposed F9R Dev-2 core

No interstage

No legs, but the mounts are there. If it is a repurposed Dev-2 this is to be expected

The transporter-erectors claw has moved down and is now wrapped around the upper first stage.

This could all indicate no upper stage will be used, similar to the Little Joe and Little Joe II flight abort tests of Mercury and Apollo.

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Posted 11 April 2015 - 05:06

Pics made public by Helodriver at NSF,

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Crop/zoom from the full rez,

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Posted 12 April 2015 - 22:01

GAME ON!! - pad abort May 2