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Here be Dragons (Capsules that is)
« on: July 17, 2010, 02:01:49 pm »
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Six weeks after the first Falcon 9 rocketed into orbit, pieces of the second launcher have begun arriving at Cape Canaveral for a shakedown flight of SpaceX's Dragon capsule in September, according to the company's top executive.


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The Dragon should be shipped to Cape Canaveral sometime in August, but Musk cautioned it is difficult to predict exactly when it will be ready.

"Then there's about a month of preparation, and we'll try to launch in September, I think," Musk said. "It's impossible to predict the exact end of the development schedule."


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"It's actually the most powerful stuff known to man. Dragon is capable of re-entering from a lunar velocity, or even a Mars velocity with the heat shield that it has," Musk said.


Presumably if it did go to Mars it would be as a robotic probe carrier. Possibly a sample return vehicle.
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Re: Here be Dragons (Capsules that is)
« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2020, 09:13:29 pm »
10 years on the Dragon Capsule has just done a successful abort test and is getting really close to being man rated.
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