This one has no limits on cargo and includes expensive equipment. It will deliver 1000lb of supplies, and return 2000lb of cargo back to earth, something Russian, European, and Japanese cargo spacecraft cannot do.
I really thought that once the shuttle fleet was grounded that would be the beginning of the end for the space program as we know it.
It is gratifying to see that space exploration hasn't died and is actually taking some very interesting turns toward long term "expansion" to more advanced options. It seems it won't be long before men actually land on other planets. Perhaps still within my lifetime?
Colonizing other planets will be far beyond my lifetime, but these small steps are all leading that way.
Building an original style CSX 427SC frame/body car with Carbon fiber body, 393W stroker, T5 (for now), T-bird IRS w/3.27 gears, dual roll bars, and lots of decisions yet to make.
This is one of the last flights of the Falcon 9 v1.0 with the Merlin 3c engines. Next year, they are switching to the Falcon 9 v1.1 with smaller but more powerful engines (54% more thrust), and a longer first stage (more fuel capacity).
"All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing."
Frequently the justification for doing nothing is the exaggeration of lesser evils.
Last edited by Michael Stora; 10-08-2012 at 06:19 PM..
Good for them/us (the U.S.) that we could develop that capability. I don't foresee private enterprise taking on the mantle of manned missions beyond earth orbit, though - I don't think anyone can make a business case for it. Something like that would need government-levels of $$$.
FFR3639. 5.0L + Paxton Novi 1000 = 368 RWHP. Need more twisty roads in Kansas...
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