buntz: The LAST time a Falcon was "launched":[img.fark.net image 426x321]
mark12A: /take THAT, LockMart LOSERS!!!!
Non-evil Monkey: Anyone know how long it'll be before SpaceX plans to send people up to the ISS? All I could dig up is that they were planning on making a variant of the Dragon capsule capable of carrying humans within 2-3 years...back in 2011.
Best Princess Celestia: Falcon---LAUNCH!!!!
mark12A: All SpaceX really has to do is add seats and an environmental control system to the existing Dragon capsule to send people to/from ISS. Being that we seemed perfectly cromulent with sending people on the Space Shuttle without a viable means of escape, why bother with one for the first few Dragon missions? Add the escape system when we acquire a round tuit....
hardinparamedic: Interestingly enough, the Dragon has it's own escape boost system built into the capsule.
hardinparamedic: Non-evil Monkey: Anyone know how long it'll be before SpaceX plans to send people up to the ISS? All I could dig up is that they were planning on making a variant of the Dragon capsule capable of carrying humans within 2-3 years...back in 2011.They have to demonstrate a failure rate of less than 1:500 for the FAA to certify their capsules for manned spaceflight.
hardinparamedic: If anyone's interested, here are the FAA regs about commercial human spaceflight.
yet_another_wumpus: So at 2:135 (1:65) is why the space shuttles no longer fly? I thought it was more to age. Was the requirement originally that high (and badly missed) or have we just wimped out and raised the bar by an order of magnitude?
mark12A: If the Falcon manages to pull off a powered landing demo, it will officially be Teh Shiat!
mark12A: Yup, I'm getting the hots for Dreamchaser as well. It's basically what the Space Shuttle was supposed to be, in Max Faget's mind, until the Air Force started demanding a huge payload bay and enough crossrange capability to support a once around polar orbit mission....
bmckenna: Any alternate streams for those of us behind mean ol' corporate proxies?
hardinparamedic: By the way, the X-37B has now been in orbit for over 500 days, breaking all previous records for non-station, individual spacecraft intended to be returned and reused.
hardinparamedic: bmckenna: Any alternate streams for those of us behind mean ol' corporate proxies?NASA TV
GleeUnit: What's the latest theory on what that thing's actual mission is?
SewerSquirrels: I don't suppose you could help a moran out, could you. I'm having trouble finding the meat in that bureaucratic mess.At any rate, according to SpaceX, they intend to fly crew by 2017 and their production capacity currently maxes out at 40 cores a year (even though they'll be lucky to launch 10 this year) so the math doesn't really work for 500 launches before crew.
mark12A: Yup, I'm getting the hots for Dreamchaser as well.
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