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SuperDraco Engine Test Complete For Dragon Launch Escape System
2014-05-28 07:37:26

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft may soon get a new upgrade after the company proved its SuperDraco thruster is capable of powering Dragon’s launch escape system and enabling the vehicle to make propulsive terrestrial landings with pinpoint accuracy. The private space launch company announced the news Tuesday (May 27) that qualification testing is complete. The testing took place over a month at SpaceX’s Rocket Development...

2014-01-17 16:20:12

WASHINGTON, Jan. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Engineers and safety specialists from NASA and Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) gathered in Morro Bay, Calif., in late December to demonstrate how the company's Dragon spacecraft's parachute system would function in the event of an emergency on the launch pad or during ascent. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The test was part of an optional milestone under NASA's Commercial Crew Integrated...

Dragon Parachute System Tested By NASA Commercial Crew Partner SpaceX
2014-01-17 14:01:10

NASA Engineers and safety specialists from NASA and Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) gathered in Morro Bay, Calif., in late December to demonstrate how the company's Dragon spacecraft's parachute system would function in the event of an emergency on the launch pad or during ascent. The test was part of an optional milestone under NASA's Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) initiative and approved by the agency in August. Through the Commercial Crew Program, SpaceX is...

2013-03-21 10:03:48

Space Exploration Technologies´ (SpaceX) Merlin 1D engine has achieved flight qualification, a major milestone for the next generation Merlin engine. Through a 28 test qualification program, the Merlin 1D accumulated 1,970 seconds of total test time, the equivalent run time of over 10 full mission durations, and is now fully qualified to fly on the Falcon 9 rocket. The program included four tests at or above the power (147,000 pounds of thrust) and duration (185 seconds) required for...

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2012-07-13 11:47:35

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online SpaceX completed a design review of the crew version of its Dragon spacecraft, which became the first commercial spacecraft to dock with the International Space Station in May. The company's June 14 review provided details about each phase of a potential crewed mission. This included how the company plans to modify its launch pads to support these missions, the spacecraft's docking capabilities, the weight and power requirements for...

2012-05-23 13:24:26

NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., completed wind tunnel testing for Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) of Hawthorn, Calif., to provide Falcon 9 first stage re-entry data for the company's advanced reusable launch vehicle system. Under a Reimbursable Space Act Agreement, Marshall conducted 176 runs in the wind tunnel test facility on the Falcon 9 first stage to provide SpaceX with test data that will be used to develop a re-entry database for the recovery of the...

Take Four: SpaceX Going For Gold On Tuesday
2012-05-21 03:53:55

Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com SpaceX will again attempt to start a new chapter in the space industry on Tuesday, May 22 as its tries to launch its Dragon Capsule into the abyss for the fourth time. The company is trying to make history by becoming the first private space firm to dock with the International Space Station. The Dragon capsule, which will be launched on top of a Falcon 9 rocket, will bring supplies to the astronauts aboard the space station, as well as some science...

SpaceX Aborts Historic Launch, Delayed Yet Again
2012-05-19 03:27:18

As everyone gathered across the bay from the SpaceX Dragon capsule, a sense of excitement changed quickly to disappointment throughout the crowd as the highly anticipated launch was aborted with less than a second left (T-.5 seconds to be exact) before liftoff. SpaceX has been trying to blast its Dragon capsule aboard its Falcon 9 rocket from Kennedy Space Center since April 30. The rocket was finally on the pad, and everything was "Go" for launch, until SpaceX team members put the...

SpaceX Test Fires Advanced New SuperDraco Engine
2012-02-01 12:08:11

[ Watch the Video ] New Video Shows SuperDraco Engine in Action Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has successfully test fired SuperDraco, a powerful new engine that will play a critical role in the company´s efforts to change the future of human spaceflight. “SuperDraco engines represent the best of cutting edge technology,” said Elon Musk, SpaceX CEO and Chief Technology Officer. “These engines will power a revolutionary launch escape system that...

SpaceX Dragon Launch Postponed
2012-01-17 10:11:46

Private rocket-building firm SpaceX announced that it is delaying its first launch attempt to send its Dragon capsule to the International Space Station (ISS), saying the spacecraft needs more work before it is ready for liftoff, reports W.J. Hennigan of the Los Angeles Times. The Hawthorne, California-based company, headed by PayPal co-founder Elon Musk, had planned a February 7 launch at Cape Canaveral, Florida, but said it has delayed the launch because the rocket needed more...


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2004-10-19 04:45:44

Draco (dragon or serpent) Constellation -- Location: Northern Hemisphere; Coordinates: Right Ascension: 17h; Declination: +65; Source: Creation and dragon myths from Greek, Roman, eastern Mediterranean, Middle East, Indian and Norse cultures Two circumstances lie behind the multitude of myths associated with Draco. First, due to the precession of the Earth, Draco's star Thuban was the pole star approximately 4000 years ago. It would have seemed to ancient sky watchers that the Earth...

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