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The Spaceman 10-10-2012 11:01 AM

To LEO
 
I'm really happy to see Space-X is buzzing right along with their commercial space program! The first launch was a test, this one was the real deal with critical supplies.

AFP: SpaceX capsule links up with space station: NASA

The Dragon capsule used today for cargo also has configurations for up to seven passengers and crew. Initial plans for re-entry are the classic parachute return, however, Space-X is building a soft-landing model even now. It powers down "on it's tail," just like the ships we read about in Asimov and Heinlein books.

Damn I wish I was just starting out my career again!

schizuki 10-10-2012 04:08 PM

How long before the first private moon landing?

"Virgin Galactic Control, this is Big Cheese. That's one small step for Richard Branson, one giant leap for Richard Branson."

I love it.

The Spaceman 10-11-2012 06:17 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by schizuki (Post 278070)
How long before the first private moon landing?

Actually a private trip to Mars might happen before any Lunar trips.

Mars One: One-way ticket to the red planet | The Upshot - Yahoo! News

Buzglyd 10-11-2012 07:48 AM



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