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Dragon 9 is about to launch...

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Bob, May 19, 2012.

  1. Bob

    Bob Well-Known Member

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  2. Bob

    Bob Well-Known Member

    Well, that sucks, but better than blowing up... high chamber pressure in engine 5 caused the launch to abort... rescheduled for Tuesday.
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  3. Sador

    Sador Well-Known Member

    History being made.
  4. Rob

    Rob Well-Known Member

    History repeating itself
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  5. Shelley

    Shelley Well-Known Member

    I'm a big fan of NASA and what they do but history is definitely not being made here since I've been following the Orion project (and the new heavy lift rocket). Agreeing with Rob, more repeating itself than making history. Shame about the 2013 nasa budget has significantly cutback any planetary projects which is where i think they should be focusing.

    Atleast we still have a few to look forward to like new horizons (mission flyby to pluto) Juno (jupiter) curiosity (mars rover).
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  6. ArnyVee

    ArnyVee Well-Known Member

    Tuesday at what time Bob?
  7. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

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  8. Slavik

    Slavik XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    To be honest, I always thought what do you achieve by spending a billion dollars to send another 10 people into space for a month?

    I always would think the research should go into finding faster and safer ways to travel once in space, i mean... its realy big... so wouldn't you want to zip around it quickly... then once you can get form one place to another without spending 10 years to do so then you start looking at rocks on other planets...
  9. Caliburn

    Caliburn Well-Known Member

    The launch was aborted at the last moment. Guess even the civilians run into the same issues that have taken Nasa years upon years to figure out, eh? :ROFLMAO:
  10. Bob

    Bob Well-Known Member

    3:30 AM your time is the next window.
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  11. Bob

    Bob Well-Known Member

    This is SpaceX (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SpaceX), a private civilian corporation, not NASA, so yes, it is history being made.
  12. Shelley

    Shelley Well-Known Member

    I agree 100%. Most of the research and development nasa are doing are to build a heavy lift vehicle to send things into low earth orbit. Where is the logic in funding this? Giving NASA credit they have developed An ION Drive that has allow a current spacecraft to visit the asteroid belt (forgot the project name) but it's allowed the spacecraft to visit one of the main asteroids in the inner belt and afterwhich it'll go on to the outer belt to visit another major asteroid. Point being, the current rocket propulsion would never manage this since it would run out of fuel so I think the ion drive is a step in the right direction.

    The problem with the ION drive technology is it takes days, weeks even months to build up speed but it does have sustaining power on it's side. So yeah, a faster, more sustaining propulsion technology gets a thumbsup instead of NASA farting around sending stuff to the international space station in low earth orbit which in my books doesn't serve any purpose whatsoever.

    New propulsion technology
    Moon base (for lower cost launching)
    Mining the materials of the moon would be a good stepping stone to other areas of the solar system.

    Just think of the costs being saved (example) the James webb telescope due to be launched in and don't quote me 2018 if they could develop this at a fraction of the cost on the moon with the infrastructure of course being a there/focus for Nasa cutting the current 8 billion price tag and rising cutting that down significantly. I think the low earch orbit thing NASA are focusing on is just wasteful.
  13. Shelley

    Shelley Well-Known Member

    I was watching the live feed so assumed when I seen Orion it was a nasa /civilian joint venture.

    Ps. template edit pending.
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  14. DRE

    DRE Well-Known Member

    The heck is Dragon 9?
  15. TheRevTastic

    TheRevTastic Well-Known Member

    Read the topic and find out...........
  16. DRE

    DRE Well-Known Member

  17. Bob

    Bob Well-Known Member

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    DRE Well-Known Member

  19. Shelley

    Shelley Well-Known Member

  20. Fred Sherman

    Fred Sherman Well-Known Member

    The difference is the Orion is not made to deliver cargo to ISS, its main design is to reach the moon. I've been doing some work with NASA and MCC21 the past couple of months and got the opportunity to fly the Orion sim. Part of that was docking with ISS, so it is capable. Even so, SpaceX will be a more cost effective solution, since it is purpose built to be supply vessel for ISS.

    What worse though is that ISS is due for a reentry burn in 2020 - an extension from the original 2013 date. It isn't actually "in orbit", its on the upper edge of the atmosphere and requires periodic altitude boosts. The last one keeps it aloft until 2020. So the net of this is its all just a temporary solution to a short term problem.

    Hopefully an ISS replacement will be assembled at one of the earth/moon l-points so that it can become a permanent base for earth and lunar ops. Eventually, it could become the anchor point for a space elevator between both.
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