Heard that the first fully functioning Dragon cargo capsule is 99% finished according to Elon Musk and Spacex. Expecting a launch in August. I can't wait to see the first pictures of the completed Dragon cargo capsule.
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That's just a placeholder in a NASA database, correct ?Boris_Badenov":ssk20kn0 said:
That's actually an excellant point. Does anybody know when the vote takes place?mr_mark":2dog1kkf said:There are advantages to an early launch. As far as politics go, an august launch would come before the senate meets to figure out funding goals. A success by Spacex would go along way to validating COTS cargo.
The European and Japanese Modules did a lot of tests but docked eventually. It doesn't seem that could be too hard to accomplish, landing it might be asking too much, but even if it's used to dump trash it's a good start. Might as well show it can do the mission.mr_mark":3lx2mfth said:COTS -1 Will be inserted into a low earth orbit and will go nowhere near the ISS.
This is simple to answer. It costs money to build and launch rockets. If they can convince NASA to combine the testing milestones into a single launch without reducing the payments for meeting the separate milestones, then they end of saving 40-50 million in launch costs. That's money directly to the SpaceX bottom line.Gravity_Ray":22cntfba said:One comment as well. I don’t understand why SPACEX is trying to combine COTS2 and COTS3. If NASA is going to pay for these flights, why not go slow? At the very least SPACEX should wait until COTS1 is done before pulling out the old' "lets combine COTS2 and 3" card.
I've seen nothing announced as yet. Chris Bergin posted some [amusing] inside info over on NASA Space Flight.mr_mark":2tnwtr5r said:Any ideas about time from test firing to delivery of cape for this launch? They say launch is expected in late August.
Times awasting, wagon-Ho!Boris_Badenov":2u02p67o said:SpaceX announces test-firing of rocket
Thursday June 24, 2010
SpaceX said the first of two test-firings of its nine-engine Falcon 9 rocket cluster is expected to happen as early as between noon and 8:30 p.m. today.
The test will run for 10 seconds and is closed to the media and public.
An additional 30-second test will occur within days.
I heard they got a full 120 second run.docm":3h826bt1 said:Yesterday's engine test was called off. No word as to why, but news should come today or over the weekend.