Skip to comments.What Does The Success Of Dragon Mean?
Posted on 06/04/2012 10:35:45 AM PDT by NonZeroSum
SpaceXs Dragon capsule completed a nearly perfect flight this morning, splashing down as planned in the Pacific Ocean within a mile of its target. It replicated everything that the Gemini series of flights in the sixties did in a single flight getting to orbit, performing a rendezvous with another object, closely approaching it, berthing to it, detaching from it, and entering the atmosphere to be retrieved by a ship except that it was entirely unmanned (so no spacewalk that will await flights with crew aboard). The only problem encountered was an issue with the LIDAR, the laser rangefinder that helps it determine how far away it was from the International Space Station (ISS). One of the two redundant LIDAR systems was being confused by a retroreflector on the Japanese Kibo module, and the software had to be adjusted for it, resulting in a slight delay in the berthing last Friday.
What is the significance of this successful flight?
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No.no.nonononono. Keep Congress the hell away from all this. Just let SpaceX do their thing and keep the pesky congress-critters away otherwise, corruption will reign supreme. Recall LightSquared? Yeah, congress would go there.
This shows the way for other private entities to compete for government contracts
And the competition will lower the cost per pound lifted
Ooooo, Michael. Looks like you didn't get the memo. New Space favors massive federal spending on space -- when it goes to their cronies and hobby shop purveyors.
For additional information, Google "Solyndra."
And moslem outreach!
Been there, done that; was forced to fund them (just like you! ;)
Of course, there is no way to prove it, but IMO, if this would have happened, there would be colonies on the Moon today, with regular prospecting trips to Mars and the asteroids.
Free enterprise always finds a way to do things better and cheaper.
This is nothing like Solyndra. Such comparisons are idiotic.
Thanks NonZeroSum. Enter the Dragon ping.
NASA (aka the fedgov) IS the customer for the Dragon/Falcon9 launch, and will be the customer for future missions to the ISS (International Socialism Station). Hopefully, private customers like Intelsat, which just bought a Falcon Heavy launch from VAFB, will buy some more, not just govspace.
SpaceX has a significant number of commercial launches booked, not counting Bigelow once they develop crew capability.
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