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    Important spaceship things you should be paying attention to

    Post  Bozwaldo on Thu May 02, 2013 6:24 am

    As you certainly don't know, there's a whole lot of stuff going on in the private spaceflight industry right now.

    Richard Branson, AKA IRL Zaphod Beeblebrox, started Virgin Galactic a while back, to provide suborbital spaceflight excursions to civilians who can pony up 200k gold per seat. Unfortunately, the development went all 787 on us, and they're about 3 years behind schedule.

    But enough of that, here's some fun test flight things they've done, including (FINALLY) their first powered flight of VSS Enterprise:

    Feathering test (how it will re-enter the atmosphere):


    Powered flight:



    The other major news recently is another flight of SpaceX's Grasshopper test vehicle, which is developing vertical landing of the company's already-flown Falcon 9 rocket so that you won't be throwing away $40 million worth of rocket every time you go to space.

    Even though it might look small, that rocket there is the height of a 10-story building:



    Also, SpaceX is going to launch a Falcon 9 version 1.1 from Vandenberg Air Force Base (north of LA) next month, and I'm going. Any co-conspirators?


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    Post  Bozwaldo on Thu May 09, 2013 6:16 am

    Here's more reusability stuff.

    This one is the official SpaceX video from 2011, demonstrating how they're going to recover almost all of the Falcon 9-R (as they've dubbed the reusable falcon 9) as early as next year.

    Fun fact: The video is incorrect. I can tell from some of the engines, and from seeing quite a few rockets in my time. The first-stage engines in the Falcon 9-R will be in the circular Falcon 9 v1.1 configuration, not the 3x3 of the original Falcon 9.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OX2-qEC7P_I


    This second one is pretty much the same as the first, only in more detail. Plus it's Kerbal Space Program, so it's got to be good.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=os6MGrvoKwU



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    Post  Bozwaldo on Thu Sep 26, 2013 3:25 pm

    Hey guys the launch that I mentioned in the OP was pushed back, and now it's going to launch on Sunday. I have a motel room sorted out, so whoever wants to come can do so FOR FREE!?!?!?!?!

    It's going to be pretty cool.


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