SpaceX Sticks the Landing!

Re: SpaceX Sticks the Landing!

Postby Spider » Thu Sep 01, 2016 5:30 pm

Far as I know all they've got are the super draco engine pods on Dragon V.2. Don't think anyone has come up with an abort system for cargo?
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Re: SpaceX Sticks the Landing!

Postby John Galt » Sat Sep 03, 2016 10:38 am

Spider wrote:Far as I know all they've got are the super draco engine pods on Dragon V.2. Don't think anyone has come up with an abort system for cargo?


don't they use a very similar setup -- only the cargo one has no people?
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Re: SpaceX Sticks the Landing!

Postby Spider » Sat Sep 03, 2016 5:16 pm

John Galt wrote:
Spider wrote:Far as I know all they've got are the super draco engine pods on Dragon V.2. Don't think anyone has come up with an abort system for cargo?


don't they use a very similar setup -- only the cargo one has no people?


Oh you mean the Dragon capsule. Its not man-rated, so they don't launch with an abort system at all. Its just a pressurized capsule that's recoverable. This launch though wasn't a capsule at all, its just a cargo area covered with a throw-away aerodynamic fairing.

This:
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Vs This: (A lot of these satellites are actually much larger than a Dragon spacecraft.
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Old school Apollo abort system:
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Dragon V.2 Abort System
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Would be an interesting engineering challenge, trying to come up with an abort system for a flimsy cargo fairing like this:

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Re: SpaceX Sticks the Landing!

Postby The Comrade » Tue Sep 06, 2016 1:17 pm

in happier news they found philae
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Re: SpaceX Sticks the Landing!

Postby Spider » Sun Sep 11, 2016 11:36 pm

Still no word on wtf happened.

SpaceX themselves don't seem to know. The thing just randomly went up in flames for no apparent reason.

But...they're crowdsourcing it now?

Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, CEO and founder of the private spaceflight company SpaceX, is asking for help from NASA and the public in figuring out what happened when one of the company's Falcon 9 rockets exploded on Sept. 1.

"If you have audio, photos or videos of our anomaly last week, please send to report@spacex.com. Material may be useful for investigation," Musk tweeted today at 11:44 a.m. EDT (1544 GMT).

The explosion took place two days before the scheduled launch of the rocket, during a routine prelaunch operation at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 41 in Florida. Based on tweets from Musk in the last 10 hours, the cause of the explosion appears to be completely mystifying the company's staff. [SpaceX Rocket Explosion Aftermath Captured on KSC Launch Pad Video]

Musk also tweeted directly at NASA, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the Air Force Personnel Accountability and Assessment System (because Cape Canaveral is an Air Force Station), asking for assistance.

"Support & advice from @NASA, @FAA, @AFPAA & others much appreciated. Please email any recordings of the event to report@spacex.com," he wrote.





http://www.space.com/34029-elon-musk-se ... osion.html



Pretty f**k weird. Paranoia conspiracy theory inducing stuff.
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Re: SpaceX Sticks the Landing!

Postby NAB » Mon Sep 12, 2016 10:34 am

Anyone spot this dude near the launch site?

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Re: SpaceX Sticks the Landing!

Postby Spider » Mon Sep 12, 2016 5:12 pm

That's the shit I wonder about.

SpaceX is extremely disruptive to the cash flow of some of the worlds largest corporations and governments. Not much I'd put past any of them.
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