Spacex Launch

SpaceX readies for ambitious ISS launch

Sat, 19 May 2012 01:30:33 -0700 California-based company SpaceX was poised to launch its Dragon capsule to the International Space Station on Saturday in what may be a historic mission for private spaceflight. http://news.yahoo.com/spacex-readies-ambitious-iss-launch-083033217.html

How to Watch the SpaceX Launch Online

Fri, 18 May 2012 13:49:36 -0700 Private spaceflight company SpaceX is scheduled to fly its Dragon capsule toward the International Space Station early on Saturday, marking the first time ever a privately built spacecraft will dock at the habitable artificial satellite. But if you're not near Floridas Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and don't want to miss the launch, there are still a handful of ways you can watch the … http://news.yahoo.com/watch-spacex-launch-online-204936862.html

7 Things You Need to Know About Saturday's SpaceX Launch

Fri, 18 May 2012 09:38:07 -0700 Following a series of delays, private spaceflight company SpaceX is set to finally launch its Dragon capsule toward the International Space Station on Saturday. The event will be historic — if the mission is carried out, it will be the first time ever a privately-built spacecraft will dock at the habitable artificial satellite. http://news.yahoo.com/7-things-know-saturdays-spacex-launch-163807900.html

SpaceX launch in about 3 hours | Samizdata.net

I am sitting in a motel room near the Mojave Spaceport where I am working at present and will be watching the SpaceX launch HERE and probably *not* trying to type what you can already see there. If you have questions about what is going … http://www.samizdata.net/blog/archives/2012/05/spacex_launch_i_1.html

Space X's Dragon launch… is go! — Engadget

We're crossing our fingers and toes so hard we can barely type and walk, since it looks like the oft-delayed Dragon launch will take place tomorrow. http://www.engadget.com/2012/05/18/space-x-launch/

Don't forget the Space X launch! | Bad Astronomy | Discover Magazine

NASA | Dragon capsule | Space X is looking good to launch its Falcon 9 + Dragon capsule on Saturday morning at 08:55 UTC (04:55 Eastern US time). NASA tweeted about it, saying there's. http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2012/05/18/dont-forget-the-space-x-launch/

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8 Responses to Spacex Launch

  • Anonymous says:

    What Are The Primary Difficulties Associated With Launching Into Low-earth Orbit? Additionally, what are the technical hurdles that must be overcome and what are the primary drivers of cost? This inquiry is prompted by the hype surrounding tomorrow’s SpaceX launch to the ISS. Countries have been launching into low-earth orbit, geostationary orbit, and various others since the late 1950s and the modern launch systems are precise and beyond doubt. Why would it be considered such an achievement for a private company to do this? Surely, the ONLY achievement here would be that it’s not a nation-state undertaking this task…

    • Curator says:

      The hurdles for Space-X is the same for the American or Russian governments (or the other 20 governments that launch orbital missions). Building a lightweight, yet strong enough vehicle to withstand the blast of launch, the mach-3 to mach-8 slipstream through the atmosphere, and maintaining a satellite or vehicle through that environment.

      What Space-X doesn’t have that the American and Russian governments do is nearly unlimited funds. A failure or two is a sizeable chunk of their income – while the payload may be insured through Lloyds of London, the vehicle itself is not. When Apollo 13 failed to land on the moon, Grumman still got paid for building the lunar module, North American still got paid for the Command and service modules, and McDonnell-Douglas still got paid for building the 3rd stage; but if a private company fails in it’s endeavor, insurance may cover the cost of the payload – but the cost of the *rocket* is on the company itself. If it fails once, then twice – the people paying them to launch their products into space are probably going to go look for another booster.

      And *that’s* why it’s such an achievement – not for technical reasons, but for commercial ones.

  • Anonymous says:

    I’ve Built My Own Spaceship, But What Are The Launch Costs? I’ve built a spaceship, it’s got a habitable volume of 12 m^2, all of the thrusters can work continuously for up to 6 hours, I plan to go to the L2 point. I can’t go into detail of the design here, I’ll just say that it cost me £75,000 (there is no re-entry system, once it’s in space I plan to keep it there, I couldn’t afford the £100,000’s more it would cost to include a re-entry system, so I will rely on paying for launch and landing from private companies, namely SpaceX.

    I’m now working full time on trying to sell the patents I have for it, to earn enough to launch it, I’ve spoken to SpaceX but they’re not willing to give me a figure as there rocket isn’t human rated yet, so how much do you think it will cost to launch me into space? If my business goes to plan I should be able to sell it for £5,000,000 in 4 years time, which I when I plan to launch (provided that SpaceX’s falcon 9 is ready)
    The 12m^2 is a near-spherical area, so it’s not ‘thin’
    To the guy that said prove it, there will be a press release as soon as a launch date has been confirmed, and the unveiling of the ship will be aprox 2 weeks before launch, at the launch site.
    Oops, I see my mistake, obviously I meant 12m^3. I new I should have gone to bed hours ago!

    • Curator says:

      You could probably get it launched for free if you launch it on an early test flight and if you share the designs with SpaceX and sign a contract to not claim against them if the cargo is lost. You could then fly up separately on SpaceX’s dragon capsule later on.

  • Dave says:

    What Private Businesses Working On Space Flight? What private businesses are working on space flight other than SpaceShipOne/SpaceShipTwo that is a spaceplane, SpaceShipOne is an experimental air-launched suborbital spaceplane that uses a hybrid rocket motor..

    And SpaceX reusable launch vehicles – the Falcon 1 and Falcon 9 – and the Dragon series of space capsules. SpaceX designs, tests and fabricates ..

    Who are working on Single-stage-to-orbit SSTO ? Any countries or private businesses workin on it ?

    Was Bigelow not working on some thing ..

  • Would You Feel Safe And Secure In A Space Station Based On N.A.S.A.’s Former TransHab Technology? There is something about living in an inflatable habitat in orbit that doesn’t inspire confidence. Bigellow Aerospace has said that when the habitat is fully inflated it’s shell is as hard as concrete and is micro-meteor resistant, there selling there BA-330 habitat moduals for 100 million dollars each and with SpaceX offering launch services for as little as 90 million to orbit, i think space tourism isn’t far away but would you stay in an inflatable habitat in space?

    • Curator says:

      I think the launch and recovery would be riskier than the module, but that’s not saying much. Space flight is risky regardless of the precautions or lack of precautions taken. It’s always the stuff that you don’t expect that bites you in the butt. Would I feel safe? No. In the past, that wouldn’t have stopped me. Now, I’ll let someone else go.

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