SpaceX: New videos and presentation

Presentation at International Astronautical Congress (IAC). Possible cargo landing on Mars by 2022 and crew/cargo 2024.

…and the new Earth to Earth concept

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Lockheed Martin Mars Lander

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Nice presentation.

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NROL-42 Atlas Paper model

 

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AXM has a nice paper model of this Atlas V mission.

Click here to go to AXM’s site and download

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Evel Knievel’s SkyCycle-X2 in 3D animation

Nice new little 3D break down of the SkyCycle-X2

And of course click here the actual flight back in 1973 from a Discovery Channel documentary

Ultimate Paper Rocket Guide : Build your own SkyCycle-X2    Page 1Page 2

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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.

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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 secretive X-37B Space Plane for the Air Force on a secret mission in Space.

As of 9/6 is a 50% Go for weather as Irma approaches. I’ll post updates as launch window approaches.

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Launch Window: September 7th at 13:50 UTC and closes at 18:55UTC (9:50AM to 2:55PM Eastern Standard Time)

Launch Location: Launch Complex 39A at Cape Canaveral

Payload: X-37B for Air Force

Landing: Yes on LZ-1

Webcast:  SpaceX Webcast

OTV-5 Video of rolling out for staging:

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