Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

SpaceX's Dragon ship mission for Apil 30th


Posted on Wednesday, 18 April, 2012 | Comment icon 5 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


Image credit: NASA/SpaceX

 
The first ever space station resupply mission by a commercial operator is scheduled for the end of April.

The unmanned Dragon freighter by SpaceX will launch on a Falcon 9 rocket and dock with the station in orbit to offload supplies. "It's just important to appreciate that this is pretty tricky," said cheif designer Elon Musk. "For the public out there, they may not realise that [the] space station is zooming around the Earth every 90 minutes. It's going 17,000mph and you've got to launch up there and rendezvous. You've got to be tracking [the] space station to within inches."

"The flight of the unmanned Dragon freighter is supposed to be just a demonstration, but its success would mark a new era in spaceflight."

  View: Full article |  Source: BBC News

  Discuss: View comments (5)

   


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Still Waters on 24 April, 2012, 13:47
Update - SpaceX delays first private launch to International Space Station http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/space/9222465/SpaceX-delays-first-private-launch-to-International-Space-Station.html
Comment icon #2 Posted by DONTEATUS on 1 May, 2012, 20:46
This will be epic ! I cant wait ! NASA will no doubt start to grow again from this venture !
Comment icon #3 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 1 May, 2012, 23:08
NASA will no doubt start to grow again from this venture ! How? The very point is that this is NOT a NASA vehicle. Although NASA provided some funds, both this and the Orbital Sciences Corporation Cygnus vehicle (which will make its first test flight later in the year) are privately developed. NASA will be buying services from these companies in the same way that it buys seats on the Soyuz vehicles from the Russians. Both Space-X and Orbital are US companies and so there is a strong argument that US space exploration can begin to grow again from this venture, but not NASA. NASA (at least in ma... [More]
Comment icon #4 Posted by DONTEATUS on 3 May, 2012, 3:44
How? The very point is that this is NOT a NASA vehicle. Although NASA provided some funds, both this and the Orbital Sciences Corporation Cygnus vehicle (which will make its first test flight later in the year) are privately developed. NASA will be buying services from these companies in the same way that it buys seats on the Soyuz vehicles from the Russians. Both Space-X and Orbital are US companies and so there is a strong argument that US space exploration can begin to grow again from this venture, but not NASA. NASA (at least in manned spaceflight) will not begin to grow again until Orion ... [More]
Comment icon #5 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 8 May, 2012, 15:35
Well I understand that many Ex-NASA employes have already taken up jobs in several of the start up co`s But NASA will indeed grow there`s too much History and Skills that they alone have ! We will return to the Stars,ANd you will be surprised from where the next new news will come from ! Lets just say its a little birdie that roost near a Big White House ! I have to be honest, I'm really not sure exactly what you are trying to say here. The only thing that is clear is that you are not answering the question I asked. I did not say that NASA wouldn't grow, exactly the opposite in fact, as I gave... [More]


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
Forum posts:
Forum topics:
Members:

5855120
264540
165099

 
New video reveals Huygens' harrowing descent
1-17-2017
NASA has released a new video recreating the Huygens probe's historic touchdown on Saturn's moon Titan.
French Polynesia signs 'floating city' deal
1-17-2017
The world's first ever floating city could soon begin construction off the French Polynesian coast.
Giant alligator goes for a stroll in Florida
1-17-2017
A huge alligator was filmed by tourists at the Circle B Bar Reserve in Polk County, Florida this week.
'Creature' photographed in garden at night
1-16-2017
A Reddit user has uploaded an image of what appears to be a strange figure running through a garden.
Other news in this category
New video reveals Huygens' harrowing descent
Posted 1-17-2017 | 1 comment
NASA has released a new video recreating the Huygens probe's historic touchdown on Saturn's moon Titan....
 
SpaceX successfully launches Falcon 9 rocket
Posted 1-15-2017 | 2 comments
The private space firm has resumed operations following the explosion of one of its rockets last year....
 
Giant towers of ice discovered on Pluto
Posted 1-14-2017 | 7 comments
The discovery marks the first time this phenomenon has been observed anywhere other than on the Earth....
 
Asteroid narrowly avoids striking the Earth
Posted 1-10-2017 | 27 comments
A previously unknown asteroid dubbed 2017 AG13 passed between the Earth and the Moon yesterday....
 
New photograph shows the Earth from Mars
Posted 1-9-2017 | 12 comments
NASA has recently published a stunning new photograph taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter....
 
NASA announces two new asteroid missions
Posted 1-8-2017 | 0 comments
Known as Lucy and Psyche, the new spacecraft will be studying two relics of the early solar system....
 
NASA announces new X-ray space telescope
Posted 1-5-2017 | 5 comments
A budget of $188 million has been assigned to the new mission which will be launching within three years....
 
SpaceX set to resume launches on January 8th
Posted 1-3-2017 | 4 comments
The private space firm is planning to begin launching satellites again following last year's explosion....
 

 View: More news in this category
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.7 Unexplained-Mysteries.com © 2001-2017
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ