Space-X DRAGON (manned/unmanned) capsule.

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http://www.space.com/19970-nasa-budget-sequester-impact.html
 

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http://news.yahoo.com/spacex-cleared-cargo-run-space-station-051859872--finance.html
 

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the Dragon CRS-2 has reach orbit but, 3/4 of RCS truster are not working!


Space Daily
http://www.space-travel.com/reports/SpaceX_optimistic_after_space_capsule_mishap_999.html
in German news der Spiegel
http://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/weltall/raumfrachter-dragon-hat-probleme-auf-dem-weg-zur-raumstation-iss-a-886471.html
 

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http://www.space.com/20031-spacex-dragon-capsule-spaceflight-hard.html
 

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http://www.space.com/20040-spacex-capsule-space-station-docking.html

http://www.space.com/17933-nasa-television-webcasts-live-space-tv.html

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http://www.space-travel.com/reports/SpaceXs_capsule_arrives_at_ISS_999.html
 

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Dragon Spec
Crew: No (1984)-07 (passengers). Height: 6.1 m Diameter: 3.7 m Empty weight: 4,200 kg Maximum takeoff: 6,000 kg Engine: fire engines have imposed 9 1.1 v Falcons pushed 500,000 pounds to put the Dragon into Earth orbit; 18 fire engines have imposed 40 kg thrust Draco each user to navigate on the orbit. Altitude: Low Earth orbital Infrastructure. Range: 12 weeks-2 years. First flight: 08/12/2010 Value: 1.6 billion USD for the project made 12 flights. Production numbers: Unknown. Operators: United States Of America. Pilot comparisons: Automated Transfer Vehicle (European Space Agency); H-II Transfer Vehicle (Japan); Progress (Russia).Event: Dragon is a commercial space ship can be used multiple times:-Day trip 1: launched on 08/12/2010 is the first private spacecraft operated successfully on the orbit of the Earth.-The second Flight: launched on 22/5/2012 connect successfully with the international space station (ISS).-The third Flight: CRS-1 launched on 08/10/2012 by imposed fire Falcon 9 put the Dragon on the space but failed due to incorrect orbit. -Day trip Wednesday: CRS-2 launched on 01/3/2013 to carry 575 kilograms of cargo to the Station ISS and will carry 1,210 kg specimen from the ISS to Earth.
 

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http://www.space.com/20101-nasa-unpacks-dragon-spacecraft-trunk.html
 

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Dragon V2 spacecraft is the next generation spacecraft designed to carry astronauts to Earth orbit and beyond. Dragon was designed from the beginning to carry humans, and the upgraded vehicle will be one of the safest, most reliable spacecraft ever flown. Dragon V2's revolutionary launch escape system, the first of its kind, will provide escape capability from the time the crew enters the vehicle all the way to orbit. Eight SuperDraco engines built into the side walls of the Dragon spacecraft will produce up to 120,000 pounds of axial thrust to carry astronauts to safety should an emergency occur during launch. This system also enables Dragon V2 to land propulsively on Earth or another planet with the precision of a helicopter, making possible interplanetary trips that would otherwise be constrained by ocean landings. Dragon V2 was designed from the beginning with astronaut safety and comfort in mind. The vehicle holds seats for 7 passengers, and includes an Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) that provides a comfortable environment for crewmembers. With a minimal number of stage separations, all-liquid rocket engines that can be throttled and turned off in an emergency, and launch escape capability all the way to orbit, Dragon V2 will be capable of delivering American astronauts to the space station and beyond with incredible reliability. Additional upgrades include a SpaceX-designed and built ISS docking adapter, impact attenuating landing legs, and a more advanced version of the PICA-X (Phenolic Impregnated Carbon Ablator-X) heat shield for improved durability and performance. Dragon V2's robust thermal protection system is capable of lunar missions, in addition to flights to and from Earth orbit.
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SpaceX's Dragon V2 spacecraft is the next generation spacecraft designed to carry astronauts to Earth orbit and beyond.
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http://gizmodo.com/spacex-is-testing-autonomous-space-rocket-landing-ships-1662161389
 

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http://bigstory.ap.org/article/8b86306c56a14c00b472926775168fdd/spacex-aims-pre-dawn-launch-space-station
 

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From Spaceflightnow website:


A commercial spaceship designed to ferry U.S. astronauts into orbit by 2017 is set for a major test Wednesday, when SpaceX plans to blast the capsule away from a launch mount at Cape Canaveral on a mile-high demo flight to simulate the craft’s ability to protect occupants in the event of a catastrophic rocket mishap on the pad.


SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft will not travel far, but data from Wednesday’s test should arm engineers with results to prove the capsule’s emergency safety system can save astronauts from an explosive launch failure.


The test is scheduled for 7 a.m. EDT (1100 GMT) Wednesday from Cape Canaveral’s Complex 40 launch pad, the same facility used by SpaceX for operational flights of the Falcon 9 booster.
 

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Fingers crossed! B)
 

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Successful test of the Dragon abort system. I was hoping they would make a powered landing but they opted to flop into the ocean on parachutes like everyone else.
 

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fredymac said:
Successful test of the Dragon abort system. I was hoping they would make a powered landing but they opted to flop into the ocean on parachutes like everyone else.
Same here. Apparently it comes with Version 2

http://www.theverge.com/2014/5/29/5763028/spacexs-first-manned-spacecraft-can-carry-passengers-to-the-iss
 

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This is the Spacex video of the pad abort test. Whole lot of nothing until 16:00 mark. The camera is static and loses sight of the capsule quickly. Hopefully NASA has video that captures more of the boosted flight. They just wanted to show the Super Draco boosters could get up and go and that was certainly accomplished.






https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpH684lNUB8
 

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fredymac said:
Successful test of the Dragon abort system. I was hoping they would make a powered landing but they opted to flop into the ocean on parachutes like everyone else.
AIU, they have enough fuel to do either an abort or a powered landing but not both. Parachutes will be carried as a backup.
 

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjSb_b4TtxI&feature=player_embedded
http://www.theverge.com/2015/9/10/9308047/spacex-crew-dragon-nasa-interior-photos​
 

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Test fire of the Dragon abort-escape/landing motors. Given how fast Spacex moves I would guess a pad abort test won't be too long coming. It would be a nice flourish to do a powered landing after the escape maneuver.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07Pm8ZY0XJI
 

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nice test
on the end a nasty toxic cloud of burned NTO/MMH propellant...
 

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fredymac said:
Test fire of the Dragon abort-escape/landing motors. Given how fast Spacex moves I would guess a pad abort test won't be too long coming. It would be a nice flourish to do a powered landing after the escape maneuver.
It can only do one or the other (abort or powered landing). It doesn't have the propellant to do both. If there is an abort, it will use parachutes to land.
 

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fredymac said:
Given how fast Spacex moves I would guess a pad abort test won't be too long coming.
Wat. They did the pad abort test ages ago, back in May. The video is just above your post. You mean in-flight abort test? That should be in early 2017 and they wont use this vehicle. And as Byeman said - once it does abort it will use chutes to land.
 

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merriman said:
Apple, meet Orange. Orange, meet Apple.

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I wasn't attempting to make any kind of statement. I saw an interesting graphic and posted it. Both projects have their merits.
 

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http://tech.slashdot.org/story/16/01/29/010218/spacex-successfully-tests-crew-dragon-landing-parachutes
 

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Looks like Amazon delivering a refrigerator.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PG438XSarg&feature=youtu.be
 

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NASA exploring additional cooperation with SpaceX’s Red Dragon mission

http://spacenews.com/nasa-exploring-additional-cooperation-with-spacexs-red-dragon-mission/
 

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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/08/26/spacex_dragon_capsule_lands_in_pacific_carrying_12_moustronauts/

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is already a date set for Dragon Flight Abort Test ?

(a falcon 9 firstage carry second stage dummy and a Dragon to maximum-Q here the Dragon use it's engine to escape the Rocket)
 

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My understanding is Flight About was pushed way back, after Heavy is flying.
 

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http://www.clickorlando.com/news/space-news/spacex-delays-first-crewed-dragon-flight-until-2018
 

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Grey Havoc said:
http://www.clickorlando.com/news/space-news/spacex-delays-first-crewed-dragon-flight-until-2018
This is really unsurprising. SpaceX was missing a lot of small milestone deadlines and yet they had not slipped their launch dates, so you could see this coming.

And if you know how SpaceX works, you can also recognize these things. All aerospace companies have margin built into their schedules. When they use up a certain amount of that margin they know that they are going to miss a deadline, so they publicly change that deadline. SpaceX, on the other hand, uses up most of their schedule margin before they change the deadline. Thus, they get closer to the actual deadline and only then do they announce the slip. We've seen them do this repeatedly.

Why do they do it this way? My suspicion is that it is a management technique. They hold their employees' feet to the fire so that they are always working really hard to meet deadlines before they get a reprieve. Probably a great way to burn out your workforce.
 

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blackstar said:
Why do they do it this way? My suspicion is that it is a management technique. They hold their employees' feet to the fire so that they are always working really hard to meet deadlines before they get a reprieve. Probably a great way to burn out your workforce.
That's how game development works. And yes, it's a fantastic way to burn out your work force.
 
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