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Friday, December 10, 2010

SpaceX's Dragon Spacecraft Re-enters Successfully

Just for the record, some follow up on SpaceX's Dragon Spacecraft successful landing.
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Some links from SpaceRef web site.
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Success! SpaceX's Dragon Spacecraft Re-enters Successfully
Lands on Target in the Pacific Ocean, 500 miles Off of the Coast of Southern California
Video Taken On Orbit by SpaceX Dragon Spacecraft
Source: SpaceX Posted Wednesday, December 8, 2010
SpaceX Falcon 9/Dragon launch Photos
Source: SpaceX Posted Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Video: NASA /SpaceX Post Mission Press Conference
Source: SpaceX Posted Thursday, December 9, 2010


Spaceflight Now link
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Dragon parachutes into the Pacific Ocean
Posted: December 8, 2010

SpaceX released these photos of the Dragon spacecraft parachuting and then floating in the Pacific Ocean after splashing down at 2:02 p.m. EST this afternoon.
Credit: Michael Altenhofen/SpaceX

And more from SpaceX's multimedia page.
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SpaceX Dragon Drop Test HD
SpaceX conducted the Dragon high altitude drop test on 12 August 2010 to validate the parachute deployment systems and recovery operations. An Erickson S-64 Air-Crane nicknamed "Elvis" released Dragon from 4.26 km (14,000 feet) altitude off the coast of Morro Bay California, north of Vandenberg Air Force Base.


And if you were a paying customer, what would it be worth to have your brand name displayed for all to see?
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SpaceX Reveals Dragon’s “Secret” Payload by Nancy Atkinson on December 9, 2010
During Wednesday’s post-flight press conference, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk confirmed the rumor of a secret payload on board the Dragon spacecraft, but said he wouldn’t reveal what it actually was until Thursday. He did say, however that if you liked Monty Python, you would like this payload.
True to his word, SpaceX just issued a press release on what was inside this container, above, that was bolted to the floor of the Dragon spacecraft.
See below.
Top Secret payload revealed. Photo Credit: Chris Thompson, SpaceX


What next?  Take a look at the up coming SpaceX Launch Schedule.
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Customer Target Date* Vehicle Launch Site
NASA COTS – Demo 1 2010 F9/Dragon Cape Canaveral
NASA COTS – Demo 2 2011 F9/Dragon Cape Canaveral
NASA COTS – Demo 3 2011 F9/Dragon Cape Canaveral
Falcon 1e Inaugural Test Flight 2011 Falcon 1e Kwajalein
ORBCOMM - Multiple flights 2011-2014 Falcon 1e Kwajalein
MDA Corp. (Canada) 2011 Falcon 9 Cape Canaveral
NASA Resupply to ISS – Flt 1 2011 F9/Dragon Cape Canaveral
NASA Resupply to ISS – Flt 2 2011 F9/Dragon Cape Canaveral
DragonLab Mission 1 2012 F9/Dragon Cape Canaveral
NASA Resupply to ISS – Flt 3 2012 F9/Dragon Cape Canaveral
NASA Resupply to ISS – Flt 4 2012 F9/Dragon Cape Canaveral
CONAE (Argentina) 2012 Falcon 9 Vandenberg**
Spacecom (Israel) 2012 Falcon 9 Cape Canaveral**
DragonLab Mission 2 2013 F9/Dragon Cape Canaveral
NASA Resupply to ISS – Flt 5 2013 F9/Dragon Cape Canaveral
NASA Resupply to ISS – Flt 6 2013 F9/Dragon Cape Canaveral
NASA Resupply to ISS – Flt 7 2013 F9/Dragon Cape Canaveral
CONAE (Argentina) 2013 Falcon 9 Vandenberg**
NSPO (Taiwan) 2013 Falcon 1e Kwajalein
Space Systems/Loral 2014 Falcon 9 Cape Canaveral**
NASA Resupply to ISS – Flt 8 2014 F9/Dragon Cape Canaveral
NASA Resupply to ISS – Flt 9 2014 F9/Dragon Cape Canaveral
NASA Resupply to ISS – Flt 10 2014 F9/Dragon Cape Canaveral
Astrium (Europe) 2014 Falcon 1e Kwajalein
Bigelow Aerospace 2014 Falcon 9 Cape Canaveral
NASA Resupply to ISS – Flt 11 2015 F9/Dragon Cape Canaveral
NASA Resupply to ISS – Flt 12 2015 F9/Dragon Cape Canaveral
Iridium 2015-2017 Falcon 9 Vandenberg
*Target date indicates hardware arrival at launch site
**Or Kwajalein, depending on range availability


Hope I am still around to see the Bigelow Aerospace launch in 2014.
Let the competition begin.
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Thanks for looking up with me.
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Bigelow Aerospace

Bigelow Aerospace is a North Las Vegas, Nevada space technology startup company that is pioneering work on expandable space station modules. Bigelow Aerospace was founded by Robert Bigelow in 1998[3] and is funded in large part by the fortune Bigelow gained through his ownership of the hotel chain Budget Suites of America. By 2010, Bigelow had invested US$180 million in the company.[4] Bigelow has stated on multiple occasions that he is prepared to fund Bigelow Aerospace with about US$500 million through 2015 in order to achieve launch of full-scale hardware.[3][5]

Pioneering a new market

Bigelow is pioneering a new market in a flexible and configurable set of space habitats.[2] Moreover, industry observers have noted that Bigelow is demonstrating audacity to pioneer such a market "in a capital-intensive, highly-regulated industry like spaceflight."[2]
Bigelow recently announced that it has agreements with six sovereign nations to utilize on-orbit facilities of the commercial space station: United Kingdom, Netherlands, Australia, Singapore, Japan and Sweden.[7]

Module construction and deployment timeline

On July 12, 2006 and June 28, 2007, Bigelow launched the Genesis I and II modules, respectively. In mid-2008, Bigelow Aerospace completed the Galaxy module but did not launch it due to rising launch costs[21] and, the ability to substantially validate the new Galaxy technologies terrestrially, particularly after the successful two Genesis launches in 2006 and 2007.[22] It was tested on the ground at its North Las Vegas facility instead.
Bigelow has reserved a 2014 launch on the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket,[23] but has not yet announced the payload. The Falcon 9 is capable of launching either a Sundancer or a BA 330 module. Bigelow is also in talks with Lockheed Martin to potentially contract launch services on its Atlas V - 401 vehicle.[24][25]
Note: Dates of upcoming launches are proposed and are subject to change.

Bigelow Commercial Space Station

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Bigelow Next-Generation Commercial Space Station is a private orbital space complex currently under development by Bigelow Aerospace. The space station will be constructed of both Sundancer and BA 330 expandable spacecraft modules as well as a central docking node, propulsion, solar arrays, and attached crew capsules. Initial launch of space station components is planned for 2014, with portions of the station available for leased use as early as 2015.[1]



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