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DaveInDenver
06-04-2010, 09:29 PM
Watched some of the launch this afternoon, SpaceX got their Dragon COTS capsule (dummy mass simulator this time) into orbit on top of one of their Falcon 9 boosters. SpaceX is a private company that proved the commercial world is catching up to NASA quickly. Awesome! The Dragon capsule is large enough for manned spaceflight and the Falcon 9 can lift about 18,000 lbs into LEO. They have a variant of the Falcon 9 that should be able to do quite a bit more into LEO than the Shuttle.

http://www.space.com/missionlaunches/spacex-falcon-9-first-launch-updates.html

http://www.spacex.com/falcon9.php

http://www.spacex.com/dragon.php

http://i.space.com/images/falcon9-launch-100604-02.jpg

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simps80
06-04-2010, 09:47 PM
I know its a crossover but go with it...

in your best Obama-head voice:

"Can private industry do what NASA does? Yes we can...Yes We Can..."
:D

RockRunner
06-06-2010, 11:53 AM
Saw part of it too, always blows me away when one of these takes off. They first move inches of the launch pad and then pick up some speed and next thing you know they are out of sight. Amazing engineering!