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Offline FighterJock

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Re: SpaceX (general discussion)
« Reply #1200 on: July 10, 2018, 06:43:32 am »
The Dragon Crew test will go to ISS, dock using a new straight-in automated docking system (currently Dragon flies close and the ISS crew grab it with the arm to dock it), and stay for a few weeks before deorbiting.  That simulates the full mission cycle of a crewed mission.qa

https://spaceflight101.com/events/falcon-9-crew-dragon-demo/

Thanks TomS.  A further question,  how long will it be between the test flight and the Dragon capsule taking astronauts to the ISS?

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Re: SpaceX (general discussion)
« Reply #1201 on: July 10, 2018, 06:51:51 am »
The Dragon Crew test will go to ISS, dock using a new straight-in automated docking system (currently Dragon flies close and the ISS crew grab it with the arm to dock it), and stay for a few weeks before deorbiting.  That simulates the full mission cycle of a crewed mission.qa

https://spaceflight101.com/events/falcon-9-crew-dragon-demo/

Thanks TomS.  A further question,  how long will it be between the test flight and the Dragon capsule taking astronauts to the ISS?

Tentatively, about four months.  NASA's last published schedule had the unmanned flight in August and a manned one in December.  But that isn't fixed in stone and both flights could (probably will) be delayed. The time between the unmanned and manned flights really depends on the results of the first test and whether the Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel accepts the results or finds something to object to. 

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Re: SpaceX (general discussion)
« Reply #1202 on: July 13, 2018, 02:06:12 pm »
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Re: SpaceX (general discussion)
« Reply #1203 on: July 13, 2018, 02:37:28 pm »
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2018/07/crew-dragon-cape-iss-schedule-drive-dm-1-date/

Crew Dragon capsule has arrived at the Cape, with the booster in work at the Hawthorne, TX plant.  The unmanned flight (DM-1)is scheduled NET 31 August but probably later because they have to work with the ISS crew schedule, which may be tied up with another cargo delivery.  Confirms that DM-1 will carry some cargo.

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Re: SpaceX (general discussion)
« Reply #1204 on: July 13, 2018, 02:57:54 pm »
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2018/07/crew-dragon-cape-iss-schedule-drive-dm-1-date/

Crew Dragon capsule has arrived at the Cape, with the booster in work at the Hawthorne, TX plant.  The unmanned flight (DM-1)is scheduled NET 31 August but probably later because they have to work with the ISS crew schedule, which may be tied up with another cargo delivery.  Confirms that DM-1 will carry some cargo.

That's Hawthorne in California, not Texas.

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Re: SpaceX (general discussion)
« Reply #1205 on: July 13, 2018, 02:59:12 pm »
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Even using composites, I wonder how adversely the mass of those arms impacts the sailing qualities of that hull.

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Re: SpaceX (general discussion)
« Reply #1206 on: July 13, 2018, 04:22:02 pm »
Maybe they have an idea for generating side revenue.


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Re: SpaceX (general discussion)
« Reply #1207 on: July 13, 2018, 06:06:15 pm »
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2018/07/crew-dragon-cape-iss-schedule-drive-dm-1-date/

Crew Dragon capsule has arrived at the Cape, with the booster in work at the Hawthorne, TX plant.  The unmanned flight (DM-1)is scheduled NET 31 August but probably later because they have to work with the ISS crew schedule, which may be tied up with another cargo delivery.  Confirms that DM-1 will carry some cargo.

That's Hawthorne in California, not Texas.

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Re: SpaceX (general discussion)
« Reply #1208 on: July 14, 2018, 12:54:42 pm »
The first SpaceX Dragon crew capsule has arrived at Cape Canaveral for the test flight without astronauts later this week.

https://spaceflightnow.com/2018/07/14/spacexs-first-space-worthy-crew-dragon-capsule-arrives-at-cape-canaveral/

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Re: SpaceX (general discussion)
« Reply #1209 on: July 14, 2018, 06:43:56 pm »
The first SpaceX Dragon crew capsule has arrived at Cape Canaveral for the test flight without astronauts later this week.

https://spaceflightnow.com/2018/07/14/spacexs-first-space-worthy-crew-dragon-capsule-arrives-at-cape-canaveral/

I posted this exact link yesterday.  The unmanned test flight is not next week.  It's sometime later this year, probably in the fall.

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Re: SpaceX (general discussion)
« Reply #1210 on: July 14, 2018, 10:38:09 pm »
The first SpaceX Dragon crew capsule has arrived at Cape Canaveral for the test flight without astronauts later this week.

https://spaceflightnow.com/2018/07/14/spacexs-first-space-worthy-crew-dragon-capsule-arrives-at-cape-canaveral/

I posted this exact link yesterday.  The unmanned test flight is not next week.  It's sometime later this year, probably in the fall.

Thanks TomS, sorry about that double posting.  I only read it yesterday.  :-[

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Re: SpaceX (general discussion)
« Reply #1211 on: July 14, 2018, 10:55:42 pm »
Even using composites, I wonder how adversely the mass of those arms impacts the sailing qualities of that hull.

Not only the mass of arms, but as well a mass of (possibly grabbed) Falcon's fairing - all that combined with their height over ship's deck made this enterprise, IMHO, quite challenging.
SpaceX' droneships are flat and designed to be low as possible to provide the stability of whole system (droneship + 1st stage) in the range of various sea conditions.

Perhaps, catching the fairings with "arms" has been just one of many ideas of SpaceX?

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Re: SpaceX (general discussion)
« Reply #1212 on: Today at 09:51:10 am »
Testing maneuverability.