NASA wants a new Dragon for every ISS resupply, I'll bet they won't just toss them out after that but offer them for resale & make another buck that way.docm":2f6cm3sx said:PDF that goes with Musk's talk before the Augustine Commission. TONS of info and such and tidbits such as NASA isn't the only Dragon customer, no details on that - just a flat out statement, and that LAS designs are progressing.
They also talk about using Dragon as an ISS lifeboat and that it's the only craft that could carry the entire ISS crew. They claim a crew dragon minus LAS could be ready in 18 months from getting the go.
I can't remember where I read it, but I remember someone saying Dragon could do a Lunar Return using a "Skip Reentry" & carrying 4 crew.docm":x475zvsg said:Pica-X's performance makes one wonder if SpaceX has over-designed Dragon to handle lunar returns out of the box, [snip]
That would certainly be an interesting development, especially in light of their confirming the development of an LH2 second stage for Falcon 9 - and presumably for Falcon 9 Heavy.
Press release from SpaceX:
Veteran Aerospace Leader Vander Weg Joins SpaceX as Vice President of the EELV Customer Office
Hawthorne, CA (August 5, 2009) –Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) announces the addition of Marv Vander Weg in the role of Vice President of the EELV Customer Office, where he will be responsible for acquiring and managing EELV missions for SpaceX's US Government customers. He will be located at SpaceX Headquarters in Hawthorne, California.
Vander Weg joins SpaceX from United Launch Alliance (ULA) where he was the Vice President for the Customer Program Office. In that role, Vander Weg was responsible for developing customer interfaces and enhancing customer satisfaction during the acquisition and execution of the contractual obligations for the Atlas and Delta launch vehicle programs.
Prior to his time at ULA, Vander Weg served as the Director of the Atlas Government Program Office for Lockheed Martin’s (LM) Atlas Program. Through this role, and various other assignments in acquisition and program management at LM, he gained extensive experience with the Air Force’s Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program, the NRO’s Office of Space Launch, and the NASA-Kennedy launch programs.
“Marv Vander Weg brings unique experience in managing the most complex US Government missions to the SpaceX team,” said Elon Musk, CEO and CTO of SpaceX. “That experience is critical in order to address the full range of Air Force, NASA and NRO launch needs, up to and including the world's largest satellites. Marv joining SpaceX is an endorsement of that vision.”
Founded in 2002, SpaceX is a private company owned by management and employees, with minority investments from Founders Fund and DFJ. The SpaceX team now numbers over 800, with corporate headquarters in Hawthorne, California. For more information, please visit the company's web site at www.spacex.com.
Specs given in a post earlier claim the max diameter is 12.1 feet. I wonder how wide a freeway lane is in California? as that is where they are.Maitri982":rtr9lhj7 said:Thanks for the nice pics guys...Dragon is BIG.