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SpaceX: How Not to Land an Orbital Rocket Booster


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Experimental Thruster shown on X-37B

Interesting photos were shown during the SpaceX OTV-5 broadcast of an experimental Hall-Effect thruster that was flown on OTV-4. Here are some images from that broadcast. More on Hall Effect Thrusters Aerojet Rocketdyne Science Channel video on Ion thrust

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SpaceX X-37B OTV-5 Launch Info

UPDATE: Launch and Landing Successful – 2nd stage burn successful beyond that we enter the realms of secrecy. Hopefully we will get some kind of confirmation that the X-37B entered its desired orbit. For the first time SpaceX will launch the … Continue reading

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SpaceX FORMOSAT-5 Launch Info

UPDATE: Successful flight, deployment and landing. Overview: SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket will deliver FORMOSAT-5, an Earth observation satellite for Taiwan’s National Space Organization (NSPO), to a low-Earth orbit (LEO). SpaceX is targeting launch of FORMOSAT-5 from Space Launch Complex 4 East … Continue reading

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SpaceX unveils Spacesuit

“Worth noting that this actually works (not a mockup). Already tested to double vacuum pressure. Was incredibly hard to balance esthetics and function.” – Elon Musk see his original post here

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Falcon Heavy will launch in November

Elon Musk announced on Instagram and Twitter yesterday that Falcon Heavy will launch in November.

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Armstrong Flight Research Center historic videos now on Youtube

NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center (formerly Dryden) has placed a huge catalog of research and flight videos to a Youtube channel. Check out this great playlist on Lifting Bodies.    

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