http://youtu.be/GndtFJnpYjMDragon 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.
http://youtu.be/0S8ieBbpzocSpaceX's Dragon V2 spacecraft is the next generation spacecraft designed to carry astronauts to Earth orbit and beyond.
Same here. Apparently it comes with Version 2fredymac 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.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.
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.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.
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.fredymac said:Given how fast Spacex moves I would guess a pad abort test won't be too long coming.
I wasn't attempting to make any kind of statement. I saw an interesting graphic and posted it. Both projects have their merits.merriman said:Apple, meet Orange. Orange, meet Apple.
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.Grey Havoc said:http://www.clickorlando.com/news/space-news/spacex-delays-first-crewed-dragon-flight-until-2018
That's how game development works. And yes, it's a fantastic way to burn out your work force.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.