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(Universe Today)   Elon Musk is going to provide NASA with a new trampoline   (universetoday.com) divider line 45
    More: Cool, Elon Musk, SpaceX CEO, NASA, SpaceX, dragons, Mars Orbiter, SpaceX Dragon, CEO  
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2014-05-28 08:18:35 PM  
Geez, I'll be there with bells on!
 
2014-05-28 08:39:35 PM  
Boingy boingy.

/go go super musk
 
2014-05-28 09:15:56 PM  
3-D printed inconel Superdraco engine completes qualification testing today, and we get to see the man-rated dragon tomorrow?

Call your doctor if you DON'T get an erection lasting more than four hours.
 
2014-05-28 09:16:19 PM  
Well its about freaking time.

img.fark.net

/The only NASA response I want to see: Briefcases full of money going to SpaceX HQ.
 
2014-05-28 09:32:22 PM  

studebaker hoch: 3-D printed inconel Superdraco engine completes qualification testing today, and we get to see the man-rated dragon tomorrow?

Call your doctor if you DON'T get an erection lasting more than four hours.


img.fark.net
 
2014-05-28 09:34:14 PM  
I wanted the trampoline.

(stomps off)
 
2014-05-28 09:39:38 PM  
HOTY

We should name it the Trampoline
Nah, that would be mean
 
2014-05-28 10:54:55 PM  
So based on the photo, it looks like the crew will be passengers only, with no control capability.
 
2014-05-28 11:04:38 PM  

buckler: So based on the photo, it looks like the crew will be passengers only, with no control capability.




That photo is from an old mockup, not the new ship.
Truth be told tho, spaceflight is heavily automated. Its a bonus to have a ship that can do everything on its own as it reduces demands on the crew and let's them focus on mission related projects.

I suspect they won't do away with the command stations entirely.
 
2014-05-28 11:42:10 PM  

way south: buckler: So based on the photo, it looks like the crew will be passengers only, with no control capability.



That photo is from an old mockup, not the new ship.
Truth be told tho, spaceflight is heavily automated. Its a bonus to have a ship that can do everything on its own as it reduces demands on the crew and let's them focus on mission related projects.

I suspect they won't do away with the command stations entirely.


Mercury Capsule Without a Window.m4v:

http://youtu.be/hAyJiNobfY8

Can't hotlink on mobile. :-(
 
2014-05-28 11:43:49 PM  
We should build space Elevator.
 
2014-05-28 11:57:12 PM  

buckler: So based on the photo, it looks like the crew will be passengers only, with no control capability.


It's a rocket and capsule...what would you control?
 
2014-05-29 12:24:39 AM  

BalugaJoe: We should build space Elevator.


well, as soon as someone figures out HOW to..
 
2014-05-29 12:38:29 AM  
Johnsnownw

It's a rocket and capsule...what would you control?

The descent engines.

Dragon is a spacecraft, not a rocket.  Version 2 is going to be unveiled tomorrow, with new engines powerful enough to land the vehicle directly on the ground without using parachutes.  It could land by itself or a pilot could fly it down.  It could land on the Moon or Mars using the same system, which has been the goal of SpaceX all along.  Dragon can take off on its own, but would only do that in an emergency.  It does not have the power to fly to space from Earth.

Falcon-9 is the two stage rocket that lifts Dragon or satellite payloads into orbit.  You've never heard of the Falcon 9?   It's the ship that made the ISS run on only 8 engines.  The stages will eventually (soon) also fly down by themselves for powered landings on feet, but are not manned.
 
2014-05-29 01:14:41 AM  

studebaker hoch:   The stages will eventually (soon) also fly down by themselves for powered landings on feet, but are not manned.


Soon is right. They have already successfully done it once, though they landed in the ocean in case it didn't work.
 
2014-05-29 01:18:32 AM  
They named it the Dragon V2? I did nazi that coming.
 
2014-05-29 01:27:41 AM  
Not every crew station needs a full instrument panel and joysticks. Pilot and co-pilot do.  Panels keep getting more efficient as well, there may even be some Google Glass kind of displays or something like the HUD displays on the latest F-22, which mean a physical panel need not be so big or complex.  I can;t wait to see what it does look like.
 
2014-05-29 04:09:06 AM  

buckler: So based on the photo, it looks like the crew will be passengers only, with no control capability.


Who do you think these guy's are? Google?
 
2014-05-29 04:36:52 AM  

i.imgur.com

 
2014-05-29 08:18:44 AM  

BalugaJoe: We should build space Elevator.


Pretty much impossible until there is significantly large scale industrial infrastructure already in space. You can't build a space elevator from the ground up. It would have to be built from space down.

/and that's not even mentioning the materials the have yet to be invented and engineered
 
2014-05-29 09:14:08 AM  

studebaker hoch: Johnsnownw

It's a rocket and capsule...what would you control?

The descent engines.

Dragon is a spacecraft, not a rocket.  Version 2 is going to be unveiled tomorrow, with new engines powerful enough to land the vehicle directly on the ground without using parachutes.  It could land by itself or a pilot could fly it down.  It could land on the Moon or Mars using the same system, which has been the goal of SpaceX all along.  Dragon can take off on its own, but would only do that in an emergency.  It does not have the power to fly to space from Earth.

Falcon-9 is the two stage rocket that lifts Dragon or satellite payloads into orbit.  You've never heard of the Falcon 9?   It's the ship that made the ISS run on only 8 engines.  The stages will eventually (soon) also fly down by themselves for powered landings on feet, but are not manned.


Not to mention that even with a rocket + capsule combination there is a LOT that is/can be controlled during both launch and re-entry/landing. People should check out Chris Hadfield's book. It is a mix of autobiography and motivational type book but he has some great descriptions of launch and re-entry both on the shuttle and the soyuz because he has flown on both (and is fully certified to fly the soyuz). There is no point where you are a passive passenger. You are constantly monitoring every single system on the rocket and capsule and can intervene to alter stuff at any point to deal with emergencies and system failures.
 
2014-05-29 02:45:35 PM  
HOLY SHIAT TODAY IS JFK's BIRTHDAY.

Happy 97th, Mr Eternal President.
 
2014-05-29 02:55:51 PM  
"We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because America fcuck yeah."

Elon Musk is at the same level of genius as a Franklin or Edison.  These guys don't come around but maybe once in a century.   If he actually sets foot on Mars, doing it himself after NASA let him down, he will in fact be The Coolest Person Of All Time.
 
2014-05-29 07:17:26 PM  
i.kinja-img.com
sneak peek of the Dragon V2 control panel
 
2014-05-29 09:32:35 PM  
*slobbering with bated breath*

little less than a half hour to go
 
2014-05-29 09:50:13 PM  
[viddy player up and operational]

THE FUNK IS ON.
 
2014-05-29 10:16:21 PM  
img.fark.net

7:15pm....
 
2014-05-29 10:18:06 PM  

studebaker hoch: [img.fark.net image 276x182]

7:15pm....


ikr
 
2014-05-29 10:22:23 PM  
IT'S ON!
 
2014-05-29 10:22:40 PM  
ah, there we go
 
2014-05-29 10:23:32 PM  
*pauses from performing the I Gotta Go Pee Dance to energetically bang on the bathroom door*

DAMMIT ELON HURRY IT U-----

OH F*CK ITS ON

(happily pees everywhere)
 
2014-05-29 10:26:12 PM  
huh.. that's interesting.. (the positions of the thrusters)
 
2014-05-29 10:29:46 PM  
Elon you HAVE to have a water landing backup contingency!!
 
2014-05-29 10:31:06 PM  
YES!! LANDING CONTINGENCIES!!
 
2014-05-29 10:33:58 PM  
mm.. redundancy systems.. sexy, sexy redundancy
 
2014-05-29 10:40:14 PM  
She's beautiful, Elon.

*sheds tears*
 
2014-05-29 10:47:33 PM  
Makes Dragon V1 look fugly already.

/ There wasn't a gray hair in that room.
 
2014-05-29 10:50:54 PM  
And now a word from Soyuz:

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2014-05-29 10:52:33 PM  

studebaker hoch: And now a word from Soyuz:

[upload.wikimedia.org image 220x330]


heh..

yeah, that Dragon control panel is slick
 
2014-05-29 11:10:21 PM  

studebaker hoch: Makes Dragon V1 look fugly already.

/ There wasn't a gray hair in that room.


dude are you wasted?
 
2014-05-29 11:34:23 PM  
This is not just gonna ruin the Russian's day, the CST-100 folks are gonna freak out as well.
That is one SEXY looking capsule! And farking CAPABLE.
 
2014-05-30 12:05:17 AM  

Any Pie Left: This is not just gonna ruin the Russian's day, the CST-100 folks are gonna freak out as well.
That is one SEXY looking capsule! And farking CAPABLE.


Yeah.. Boeing's gonna have to either step up their game or buy more senators.
 
2014-05-30 12:42:50 AM  
I liked the heavy blast nacelles for the super draco thrusters.  That ship can take a punch.

Dragon V2 doesn't discard the nose fairing, just flips it out of the way to dock, not berth, with the station.

Covering the trunk with solar cells and doing away with the V1 "wings" and positioning motors, is going to save some weight and complexity.  I guess the whole trunk needs a fairing now (probably easier anyway).

The flip-up monitor control looked cool, though I don't think they revealed the GUI displays.

It's going to be fun watching DragonFly testing.

And pad abort.

And flight abort (Max Q!)

/ I wish we could have seen the suits at ULA and the thugs in Russia throwing beer cans at their computer monitors.
 
2014-05-30 01:39:57 AM  

The Bestest: Any Pie Left: This is not just gonna ruin the Russian's day, the CST-100 folks are gonna freak out as well.
That is one SEXY looking capsule! And farking CAPABLE.

Yeah.. Boeing's gonna have to either step up their game or buy more senators.


Gee, I wonder which of those they'll do.
 
2014-05-30 01:55:30 AM  
The hatch...the easy-open hatch made me hiccup a bit.

But they'll test a spaceworthy hatch on her soon enough.
 
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