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SpaceX begins with a spaceship taking on enemies in somewhat Galaga-style action. The ship is controlled with either your finger or by tilting the iPhone/iPod touch. The controls are quite responsive — the ship moves both from left to right and up and down on the screen so you can shoot enemies and snag upgrades that float across.
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3, 2, 1 -- get ready for liftoff. SpaceX unveiled its plan for the rocket ‘Falcon Heavy’ - the second biggest rocket after the original ‘Saturn V’ rocket, and the largest one by a private enterprise.
The rocket boasts a 27-engine booster and stands at 227 feet tall with twice the lifting capacity of the next largest U.S. launcher. (Video: YouTube)
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports on how the Falcon Heavy will be able to lift more than 117,000 pounds into space.
“[...] the Falcon Heavy will have a first stage of three of the nine-engine cores that make up the first stage of SpaceX’s lighter Falcon 9 rocket. It will generate 3.8 million pounds of thrust at liftoff, the equivalent of 15 Boeing 747s.”
SpaceX intends for the rocket to cut costs during launch missions. A writer for The Atlantic discusses how this could be a big boost to the aerospace industry.
“Moon or no, Falcon Heavy could, if allowed to compete for government contracts, save the U.S. more than $1 billion every year. The 2012 budget for the United States Air Force includes more than $1.7 billion for four launches, which works out to more than $430 million for every launch. SpaceX is currently projecting that each launch of Falcon Heavy would cost somewhere between $80 million and $120 million.”
Another reason for lower costs? Cheap labor. The Los Angeles Times look at the factors that make this company shoot past the competition.
“[...] the company has a cadre of young engineers — the average age is in the early 30s — who work for a fraction of the salary they could make at larger aerospace companies. They work for SpaceX because it operates more like a Silicon Valley start-up than an entrenched rocket builder.”
Elon Musk, the brainchild behind the company, says the endeavor could generate a “couple hundred jobs,” but not all are sharing his optimism.
The young entrepreneur faced opposition to his company’s growth in the past, specifically from NASA and the government. (Video: CNBC)
The Orlando Sentinel reminds audiences of the rocky relationship SpaceX has with the powers on Capitol Hill.
“Much of the ill will stems from a year-long battle over the future of NASA after the space shuttle, with the space community split over whether to invest in another government rocket or outsource NASA services, including astronaut transport, to the commercial rocket companies.”
Discovery News reports SpaceX’s plans to have Falcon Heavy’s debut flight ready for takeoff in 2013 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
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SpaceX Falcon 9 times three on your SpacePod for May 11th, 2010As one spaceship ends its career, another one is just beginning. The SpaceX Falcon 9 is getting ready for launch. An exact date is not yet set in stone, but the last we have heard was a No Earlier Than May 16th launch date. Rumors say May 23rd, but we'll see how that flight termination system we talked about last week ends up.The Falcon 9 that is getting ready to launch is but one of three that SpaceX has built or is in the process of building. This first flight is to test the basic system, then Falcon 9 flight 2 is designed to be the first flight under the COTS program and the first flight of an operational Dragon spacecraft.Dragon is the cargo capsule that is capable of being man-rated but is not yet there, so cargo only for now. The initial COTS-1 Dragon module will orbit the Earth several times then re-enter and splashdown off the coast of Southern California. This is designed to test the basic functions of Dragon as well as the Draco thrusters. And that's one of the really cool things about SpaceX. Unlike other companies, these engines are all SpaceX designs. The Merlin 1C engines that lift the Falcon 9 are SpaceX engines, not decommissioned ICBMs like on other rockets. The Draco thrusters that allow the Dragon capsule to steer and orient itself in space are also SpaceX designs and not just a part purchased from a defunct Government space program somewhere. It's sorta fun to watch the test of the Draco Thrusters, almost like they are trying to make a song of sorts.And then there's Falcon 9 Flight 3. Heck, flight #1 isn't even off the ground yet and already SpaceX is working on creating their third Falcon 9 rocket! Production for this rocket has already started with completion of several sections. Ten Merlin engines are being worked on now, nine Merlin 1C engines and one Merline Vacuum engine.While we will be sad to see the Space Shuttle leave us, it will also be a fun new beginning for commercial space companies like SpaceX. These companies can't be given a free ride and will need to prove that they have vehicles capable of safe transport of not just cargo but humans as well. But we also can't just throw up our hands and call it 'unproven technology'. All technology is unproven until, well, proven otherwise. It is the 'unproven' technology that changes the world, not the stuff we already know about.
CAPE CANAVERAL -- Old hands out at NASA's Kennedy Space Center will tell you that no two launches are alike. However, the launch of Space Exploration Technologies' (SpaceX) Falcon 9 rocket was perhaps the singularly most unique rocket launch in recent memory. Many have said that this flight marked a new age of spaceflight, a new way of doing the business of space travel. With a press site in the midst of renovation, a dropout of video access and a wayward boat -- this marked one of the most memorable launch days in history. However, through the weather concerns, tech issues and overly-enthusiastic sightseers the SpaceX team persevered and sent their rocket off on its maiden flight. There were concerns early on that rough weather that was predicted to hit around 11:30 would cause a slip or scrub -- however weather did not pose an issue with launch. Then there was a minor tech issue with telemetry -- one which Falcon 9 techs quickly turned into a non-issue. It does seem that every launch has a small bit of "drama" included in the day's lineup of events -- however it rarely involves a wayward boat, helicopters and the U.S. Coast Guard. Information was very hard to get but it became apparent that an "object" was in the restricted safety zone. We later found out that this "object" was a boat, that had been told to leave the area by a UH-60 Blackhawk and then, once outside the restricted zone, was intercepted by the U.S. Coast Guard -- for a "discussion" regarding the crew's error. On the first launch attempt the countdown went all the way to two seconds - and then was aborted. Around the press site, all the old veterans were predicting doom and gloom, "Well that's that for the day!" They said. They were all wrong. I can include myself in their number -- and SpaceX -- made us all eat our words. The first attempt was held at 1:30 p.m. EDT. How could they possible recycle in time to launch before their window closed at 3 p.m.? Easy -- you work the problem and you try again for a 2:45 p.m. launch. The announcement was made that the second attempt would be made and a mild state of shock rolled around the press site. These SpaceX guys had nerves of steel. The clock ticked down -- and it did not stop. When the clock hit zero -- the Falcon 9 lit to the skies like the bird she was named for. There is a funny story there and one that I hope my friends at Space Florida and SpaceX do not mind me relaying to you. Being a regular at KSC -- I prided myself on my knowledge of the area. The folks on the roof of the Orlando Sentinel building with me -- had me looking at the Atlas pad. Folks over at the OSB II building -- went nuts -- you could hear them clear over at the press site. Then Emily Shanklin with SpaceX -- lost her mind. I have never seen someone more excited to see a bird take flight. In all honesty I cannot thank her enough for her genuine expression of emotion. It made me realized the power and importance of this moment. As I drove home rolling over the day's events in my mind I got stuck behind a car and it seemed I was being given a sign as to just how important this day was. The license plate on the car read simply -- TO MARS. Go SpaceX
SpaceX has won a contract to launch over 60 new Iridium satellites in to orbit. Did you know Iridium was actually still around and launching new birds? Me neither.
The Rocket Racing League has released a new game for your iPhone and iPod touch that looks amazingly cool.
Pull your teeth out with a model rocket (warning, you will probably cringe)
New welding techniques for Orion that look pretty awesome. The advantage of being able to use manufacturing methods that are not 30 years old for space. Who would have thunk it?
SpaceX founder, CEO and CTO Elon Musk sat down with us for about 20 minutes to talk about space and SpaceX. This is the 10 minute SpacePod edition which has a little under 1/2 the interview available. For the full interview you'll need to sign up for Spacevidcast epic access.
This is the live webcast for the Falcon 9 Flight 2 from Space Exploration Technologies or SpaceX. The second Falcon 9 rocket launched for SLC-40 in Flordia carrying the first Dragon COTS demo unit. A HD version of this launch will be made available soon, but this is the only version with the on-board camera.
This is the NASA TV HD coverage of Falcon 9 Flight 2. Much higher quality than the official SpaceX stream but missing the on-board camera. Once the vehicle is out of range the shot goes back to an empty launch pad. For on-vehicle shots check out of Falcon 9 Flight 2 Live Webcast footage on both Spacevidcast.com and YouTube
On June 4th, 2010 at 14:30 UTC the first ever Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Space Launch Complex 40, Kennedy Space Center, Florida. Carrying the Dragon Spacecraft Qualification Unit this flight was designed to test not only the vehicle itself but also begin tests of the Dragon capsule. Oh yeah, and AWESOME names for the vehicles!
Elon Musk takes out the trash. Gwynne Shotwell says "awesome" a lot, indicating she's one of us now ;)
Iran misses a UN Security Council deadline but finds time to weapons test, President Bush is off to Asia for a week and SpaceX's rocket fails for a third time. Marta Costello hosts the gnooze (the g is silent)- today's top stories in about 3 minutes.
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This week we're dodging the Ninja's blade with the creators of Ask a Ninja! Plus, a global Space Invaders game, how to dodge the economic disaster, T-Mobile's new G1 Android phone, and we take flight with SpaceX and a rocket man. And we have a new flash game to play along with the first of your t-shirt mashups! To get the show early with all the show links, go to http://epicfu.com!
Within the next few years space companies like Virgin Galactic, XCOR, Space Adventures, SpaceX and Blue Origin will be launcing their spacecraft.
(Image source: SpaceX)
BY STEVEN SPARKMAN
ANCHOR CHRISTIAN BRYANT
Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, is taking another step toward the stars. The company released video of a successful test of its SuperDraco engine.
The tests included full throttle and full duration burns. The engine is designed to reach full thrust within 100 milliseconds of an astronaut flipping the switch. (Video source: SpaceX)
There’s a lot of talk among space bloggers about the engine.
Its main purpose is to let astronauts abandon their rocket if something goes wrong during launch. But a writer for Forbes explains, SpaceX designed SuperDraco to do way more than that. (Video source: NASA)
“The purpose of the SuperDraco is to allow for powerful, but pinpoint control for precision maneuvers. … They also give a spacecraft the ability to land propulsively, like you see in movies. They’re also reusable...”
The eventual plan is for the Dragon space capsule to ditch the old parachute reentry system and simply hover back down to the launch pad it lifted off from. Sound a little sci-fi? A writer for CNET thinks so.
“In a sense, SuperDracos are the closest thing we've seen yet to ‘Star Trek’-style on-demand thrusters that can be restarted multiple times...”
SpaceX hopes to be the first private company to send a spacecraft to the International Space Station. On its website, the company took the opportunity to brag about the latest achievement.
“NASA’s Commercial Crew Program awarded SpaceX $75 million in April of last year to begin work developing the escape system in order to prepare the Dragon spacecraft to carry astronauts. Less than nine months later, SpaceX engineers have designed, built and tested the engine.”
But a writer for Geek.com points out, it hasn’t all been smooth sailing for the company.
“Originally the Dragon was to make its maiden voyage last November, but that got pushed back to this February. Unfortunately, the launch has been delayed again due to further engineering work being required. No new launch date has been set yet.”
SpaceX launches their first mission to the ISS, gardening with lasers, keeping your phone charged with the power of your feet, a new service for conference calling and robot fish in Spain!