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    SpaceX Abort Test Video Seen From Dragon Capsule. The video is about 2 minutes.

    http://www.parabolicarc.com/2015/05/...ragon-capsule/

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    here is a new book on Musk: http://www.thespacereview.com/article/2751/1

    "Now, we've all heard this before: Musk initially tried to procure a launch from Russia, using repurposed ICBMs, but was effectively rebuffed by the Russians, who didn’t take him seriously despite his wealth...It was during the flight back when, as another advisor, Jim Cantrell, recalled, Musk turned to them and said, 'Hey, guys, I think we can build this rocket ourselves'.”

    But the identity of one of his advisors may surprise you: "Musk and his advisors, which included Mike Griffin...."

    Imagine what had happened if Musk was not rebuffed by the Russians.
    They get propped up, we never get Space X, and they eventually bleed Musk dry. Elon then joins space entrepreneur Gary (kiss of death) Hudson in the new-space dustbin.

    That might have been an even closer call than 2008 was for him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by selvaarchi View Post
    SpaceX Abort Test Video Seen From Dragon Capsule. The video is about 2 minutes.

    http://www.parabolicarc.com/2015/05/...ragon-capsule/
    Cool
    I'm sure there are people who would pay for that ride.
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    At last SpaceX has got what they have been fighting for - "Air Force's Space and Missiles System Center Certifies SpaceX for National Security Space Missions"

    http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/pr...4,5,6,15,17,34

    ieutenant General Samuel Greaves, Commander of the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) and Air Force Program Executive Officer for Space, has announced the certification of Space Exploration Technologies Corporation's (SpaceX) Falcon 9 Launch System for national security space missions.

    SpaceX is now eligible for award of qualified national security space launch missions as one of two currently certified launch providers. The first upcoming opportunity for SpaceX to compete to provide launch services is projected to be in June when the Air Force releases a Request for Proposal (RFP) for GPS III launch services.

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    NASA has approved a $30 million milestone payment to SpaceX under the agency's Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) agreement with the company following a recent and successful pad abort test of its Crew Dragon spacecraft.

    Congratulations SpaceX

    http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/pr...4,5,6,15,17,34

    "This test was highly visible and provided volumes of important information, which serves as tangible proof that our team is making significant progress toward launching crews on American rockets from America soon," said Jon Cowart, partner manager for NASA's Commercial Crew Program. "The reams of data collected provide designers with a real benchmark of how accurate their analyses and models are at predicting reality. As great as our modern computational methods are, they still can't beat a flight test, like this, for finding out what is going on with the hardware."

    The successful test of SpaceX's Crew Dragon launch escape capabilities demonstrated the spacecraft's ability to save astronauts in the unlikely event of a life-threatening situation on the launch pad.

    "This is the first major flight test for a vehicle that will bring astronauts to space for the entire Commercial Crew Program," said Gwynne Shotwell, president of SpaceX. "The successful test validated key predictions as it relates to the transport of astronauts to the space station. With NASA's support, SpaceX continues to make excellent and rapid progress in making the Crew Dragon spacecraft the safest and most reliable vehicle ever flown."

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    Another video from SpaceX, this time from a camera fastened to a piece of a Falcon 9 rocket’s payload fairing, showing the nose cone spinning through space after its separation on a recent launch.

    http://spaceflightnow.com/2015/06/07...back-to-earth/

    The on-board video likely came from a satellite launch earlier this year. SpaceX did not disclose which mission produced the stunning footage.

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    Pretty place to live. What's house prices like there?

    More importantly, it shows that full reusability is still WIP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glom View Post
    More importantly, it shows that full reusability is still WIP.
    ?
    It's a fairing tumbling as it falls following separation...they're not currently recovered and reused, but how does the video have anything to do with that?

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    The article refers to it: SpaceX is looking into reusing the fairings, at this moment they just fall into the ocean and nobody cares unless they wash up on a beach. Unless there's a very easy, lightweight, cheap way to bring the fairings back undamaged, I don't see a good cost/benefit in reusing them. Sure they must be a lot cheaper to build than a stage. Maybe they could be made to stay attached to a returning stage in the future, or have a simple parachute attached...

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    I don't collecting a fairing on its own would be economic, but yeah if it could stay attached that could be good.

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    SpaceX released a new photo showing the progress the company is making on an assembly hangar at Kennedy’s historic Launch Complex 39A. The company says the building will be big enough to house five Falcon rockets at once. The launch pad is being outfitted for missions by the Falcon Heavy and for Commercial Crew flights using the Falcon 9 rocket launching Crew Dragons to the International Space Station with NASA astronauts on board.

    http://www.parabolicarc.com/2015/06/...c-takes-shape/

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    There will be another landing attempt on Sunday.
    This time the target will be the drone ship "Of Course I Still Love You."

    Additional Info at SpaceFlight Now:
    http://spaceflightnow.com/2015/06/25...riment-sunday/

    ETA: Additional video of the previous attempt is included at the link above
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    Quote Originally Posted by selvaarchi View Post
    Another video from SpaceX, this time from a camera fastened to a piece of a Falcon 9 rocket’s payload fairing, showing the nose cone spinning through space after its separation on a recent launch.

    http://spaceflightnow.com/2015/06/07...back-to-earth/

    Now for Johnny Knoxville to use one as a surfboard--riding down on re-entry.

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    Is the launch in 20 minutes or am I terrible with time zones again?

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    Somehow I was correct. Buy a lottery ticket. T-13

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    T-10, all GO

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    T-3, all GO. Still getting used to seeing a rocket with landing legs on the pad!

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    Oh no!

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    FAILURE! Thing went kaboom at about 35km, 3500 km/h. That's still in first stage burn. I noticed a lot of ice/white smokish stuff coming off throughout the launch and engine flames quite high up the bell, but I don't know what nominal looks like for these on F9.

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    That makes 3 cargo trips to the ISS in a row that has failed. That too from 3 different launch rockets

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    Seems to have been just before MECO.. :-/

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    Indeed, Musk also states it was shortly before first stage separation. That also explains why there wasn't a huge fireball; the main tanks were close to empty. At that point it could be anything. First stage or second stage failure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baskerbosse View Post
    Seems to have been just before MECO.. :-/
    MECO? what does that stand for.

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    MECO,
    Main Engine Cut Off.
    They were just about to shut down the first stage in preparation for separation..

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    Main Engine Cut Off
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    https://youtu.be/PuNymhcTtSQ?t=198

    There's a bit of vapor streaming from the second stage, then a big white cloud followed by a fireball, all while the first stage is burning along. The second stage was getting ready to start up...it really looks like either something on the second stage failed during chilldown and the various other events that go with it, or it somehow ignited prematurely.

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    As Nicholas said, -could be anything. Lots of things happen at this point..
    For example, negative G at cutoff. -I wonder what happens to all the left over fuel that's meant for landing. -Does it slam forwards in the tank?

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    Quote Originally Posted by baskerbosse View Post
    MECO,
    Main Engine Cut Off.
    They were just about to shut down the first stage in preparation for separation..
    Thanks and to you too Swift

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjameshuff View Post
    https://youtu.be/PuNymhcTtSQ?t=198

    There's a bit of vapor streaming from the second stage, then a big white cloud followed by a fireball, all while the first stage is burning along. The second stage was getting ready to start up...it really looks like either something on the second stage failed during chilldown and the various other events that go with it, or it somehow ignited prematurely.

    Thanks for the link!

    Really looks like it's starting at the second stage, while first stage is still burning!
    Strange..
    By the video timing, that was about 20 seconds before MECO..
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    Quote Originally Posted by baskerbosse View Post
    As Nicholas said, -could be anything. Lots of things happen at this point..
    For example, negative G at cutoff. -I wonder what happens to all the left over fuel that's meant for landing. -Does it slam forwards in the tank?
    It happened before shutdown. From the video, the first stage was at least partially active when the range safeties turned it into confetti.

    There's also a dark shape falling behind through the vapor and fire of about the right size to be the Dragon capsule.

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