Monday, June 18, 2018

Crew Dragon Dreams | SpaceX Tribute Poster

Goal: Launching NASA Astronauts from U.S. Soil
Dragon 2.0. This is the next hurdle for SpaceX.
Learn more: www.spacex.com/crew-dragon
Commercial Crew: "The manned version of the Dragon spacecraft that has been successfully carrying cargo to the ISS for some time now. I believe there will be a high altitude abort test where a Falcon rocket will carry the Dragon to right before staging and perform an abort. I don't think this has been done before. During the Apollo program a special small rocket called "Little Joe" that used solid rocket motors took the Apollo spacecraft to enough height and speed where the test took place. More recently they just take off right from the ground (as with the Orion) and this test has already been performed on the Dragon."

"The motors used for abort on Dragon are built into the walls of the spacecraft rather than mounted on top and this is just one more step in the evolution of modern spacecraft."

"In looking at some of the pics above I notice they show a manned Dragon being launched by a Falcon Heavy. I'm not sure that is ever going to happen. In a way the Falcon 2.0 is already obsolete. The work on the BFR (or BFS) is now the main task taking place at SpaceX and it seems to be going well so far. If it works as expected then it will be a far safer and more reliable way of getting into space. The Falcon 2.0 will only be used until the big rocket is operational and that may be as soon as 2021 or 2022. To me this all seems to be happening at an incredible pace. It is very exciting and I have great confidence in the crew at SpaceX to get this job done."

Credit: Bill Davis
Release Date: June 17, 2018


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