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SpaceX Dragon v2 Unveil
SpaceX ^ | May 29, 2014 | SpaceX

Posted on 05/29/2014 7:48:12 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer

Elon Musk is revealing the new design of the hopefully soon to be man-rated Dragon capsule. This is an important step forward for the company, and for American space travel.

Innovations include:

It is fully reusable, much like the grasshopper first stage, and will land on land. A Dragon 2 capsule launched from a grasshopper first stage will be an order of magnitude cheaper than any other current spacecraft.

Nice safety features. While it is designed to land under rocket power, it can land via parachute like the Apollo era and current dragon capsules if the engines fail.

The Dragon will includes 3d printed engines.

Spacex Dragon V2


TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: dragon; dragon2; elonmusk; falcon9; mannedspaceflight; nasa; spaceexploration; spacex

1 posted on 05/29/2014 7:48:12 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Vince Ferrer

Beware the Musky hubris.


2 posted on 05/29/2014 7:50:06 PM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: Mamzelle
He's delivered groceries to the ISS. That's something.

/johnny

3 posted on 05/29/2014 7:57:58 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Vince Ferrer

Dragon 2 won’t launch atop a grasshopper first stage. They are going to conduct an abort test atop a grasshopper though. The engines aren’t 3D printed. The engine nozzle is.


4 posted on 05/29/2014 7:58:35 PM PDT by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: Vince Ferrer; AFPhys; AD from SpringBay; ADemocratNoMore; aimhigh; AnalogReigns; archy; ...
3-D Printer Ping!

Printed engine!

5 posted on 05/29/2014 8:11:49 PM PDT by null and void (Disarm Hollywood! No Guns for Box Office!)
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To: Vince Ferrer
Roll out video
6 posted on 05/29/2014 8:13:48 PM PDT by kitchen (Even the walls have ears.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Ping.


7 posted on 05/29/2014 8:15:39 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin
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To: null and void
For your reference:

Lockheed Martin Will Use 3D-Printing to Keep Up With SpaceX
8 posted on 05/29/2014 8:19:23 PM PDT by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the Occupation Media.)
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To: PA Engineer

Thanks!


9 posted on 05/29/2014 8:22:41 PM PDT by null and void (Disarm Hollywood! No Guns for Box Office!)
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To: saganite
At 11 minutes into the presentation, he says the engine is printed.

/johnny

10 posted on 05/29/2014 8:27:26 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Vince Ferrer

Outstanding!


11 posted on 05/29/2014 8:28:41 PM PDT by Southack (The one thing preppers need from the 1st World? http://tinyurl.com/ktfwljc .)
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To: saganite
The engines aren’t 3D printed. The engine nozzle is.

When he talked about it in the video, he said the engines, not just the nozzel. And maybe they have to go a bit slowly, but 3d printing is great for very complicated pieces of machinery that currently have to be made by making hundreds of smaller parts and fusing them together. Printing them all together, joined together, as one part saves a lot of money and effort. Printing just the nozzel wouldn't be of that much benefit.

12 posted on 05/29/2014 8:33:07 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Vince Ferrer
The spacecraft looked very 50's sci-fi to me. Nice clean lines inside, I have to admit. None of that NASA plumbing running through the living room there...

/johnny

13 posted on 05/29/2014 8:48:59 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: saganite
Dragon 2 won’t launch atop a grasshopper first stage.

Do you have a link for that?

/johnny

14 posted on 05/29/2014 8:49:56 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Vince Ferrer
Really interesting stuff!

This project may bring many in this Nation (and around the world) back to an active interest in the efforts and possibilities of future space activities and space travel.

I hope to see a lot of progress, and a lot of youths wanting to participate, before my time ends here on this blue sphere!

15 posted on 05/29/2014 8:58:35 PM PDT by Col Freeper (FR: A smorgasbord of Conservative Mindfood - dig in and enjoy it!)
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To: null and void

The SuperDraco differs from most rocket engines in that its combustion chamber is 3D printed by direct metal laser sintering (DMLS), where complex metal structures are printed by using a laser to build the object out of metal powders one thin layer at a time. The regeneratively-cooled combustion chamber is made of inconel; a family of nickel-chromium alloy that’s notable for its high strength and toughness, and is also used in the Falcon 9’s Merlin engine.

http://www.gizmag.com/superdraco-test/32292/


16 posted on 05/29/2014 9:05:27 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Vince Ferrer; NonValueAdded

Doesn’t look like a lot of “piloting” will be required - “spam in a can astronauts”. But it appears to be a versatile, inexpensive people and small cargo transporter to and from the ISS. Plus it’s private enterprise.


17 posted on 05/29/2014 9:06:33 PM PDT by shove_it (long ago Orwell and Rand warned us of Obama's America)
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To: saganite
Dragon 2 won’t launch atop a grasshopper first stage.

Yes, the grasshopper is a test vehicle. But it is intended to launch on a reusable Falcon.

18 posted on 05/29/2014 9:11:59 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: JRandomFreeper
The spacecraft looked very 50's sci-fi to me. Nice clean lines inside, I have to admit. None of that NASA plumbing running through the living room there...

Not many clean lines in a Soyuz either:


19 posted on 05/29/2014 9:55:17 PM PDT by Dagnabitt (Amnesty is Treason. Its agents are Traitors.)
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To: Vince Ferrer

may have better performance and reliability as there will be no welds to fail,or different metals that may react to each other.


20 posted on 05/29/2014 10:21:20 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

I favor the Big Space ship idea the Brits were toying with—a sort of Space plane. A sort of Flash Gordon approach to the question a bit like the Nazi “Silver Bird” design.


21 posted on 05/30/2014 3:00:09 AM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: Forward the Light Brigade
I favor the Big Space ship idea the Brits were toying with—a sort of Space plane. A sort of Flash Gordon approach to the question a bit like the Nazi “Silver Bird” design.


22 posted on 05/30/2014 6:25:03 AM PDT by null and void (Disarm Hollywood! No Guns for Box Office!)
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To: Moonman62

Thanks!


23 posted on 05/30/2014 6:25:42 AM PDT by null and void (Disarm Hollywood! No Guns for Box Office!)
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To: Vince Ferrer

check out those touch screen control interface. Slim and neat. Put Nasa to shame


24 posted on 05/30/2014 9:00:42 AM PDT by 4rcane
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25 posted on 05/30/2014 9:04:08 AM PDT by 4rcane
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To: Vince Ferrer

26 posted on 05/30/2014 9:27:12 AM PDT by 4rcane
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To: Vince Ferrer

Wow!


27 posted on 05/30/2014 9:53:20 AM PDT by jpsb (Believe nothing until it has been officially denied)
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To: shove_it

I would hope they have contingency’s in case all the automatic, computerized controls go down. Someone might have to pilot the critter home.


28 posted on 05/30/2014 10:56:15 AM PDT by sarge83
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To: Vince Ferrer

Ideally, space will be developed without government at all. I bet within a decade someone will innovate a way to eliminate space debris and make money doing it.


29 posted on 05/30/2014 1:04:24 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: sarge83; Vince Ferrer; null and void

Looks like five portholes for the “pilot” to steer by from his prone position. CNBC reported on it today - Musk claims he will go forward with the vehicle even if doesn’t win NASA’s bid and he won’t take the company public. Vid here:

http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?video=3000280155&play=1


30 posted on 05/30/2014 1:57:38 PM PDT by shove_it (long ago Orwell and Rand warned us of Obama's America)
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To: shove_it
All of that is true, he will never go public with spacex. The reason is that he wants to personally go to mars. Spacex is the means to get there. Stockholders, boards of directors etc. would expect quarterly profits, short time horizons. That would interfere with the long term goals of getting to mars.

Yes, he will fund the Dragon capsule even if NASA doesn't want it, because Dragon2 is the prototype for his Mars lander.

31 posted on 05/30/2014 2:17:49 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Vince Ferrer

Here’s what the competition’s up to ...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/3162385/posts


32 posted on 06/01/2014 8:18:09 AM PDT by shove_it (long ago Orwell and Rand warned us of Obama's America)
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