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ibm221
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re: Dragon cargo ship, space station fly in formation
ibm221   5/28/2012 2:38:50 AM
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If US govt truely want to save cost, next step is outsource this whole deal to chinese. I bet 1k RMB/pound will be there.

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re: Dragon cargo ship, space station fly in formation
george.leopold   5/25/2012 2:09:22 PM
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Capture at 9:56 a.m. EDT over Australia! Space Station Flight engineer Don Pettit joked that it was a pretty easy sim and that he was ready to do it for real! It is truly remarkable that SpaceX and NASA pulled this off on the first try.

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re: Dragon cargo ship, space station fly in formation
george.leopold   5/25/2012 1:32:39 PM
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The technology involved here is hardly state of the art. The Merlin main engines are based on a NASA design from the 1980s called Fastrac. NASA wasn't using that engine design, so it makes little sense to sit on it. What you miss here is that SpaceX is bringing a new way of doing business to space exploration. Launch costs were $10K/pound with the shuttle. That's unsustainable. If NASA can seed a commercial industry that can get launch costs down to $1K/pound, then you have a business. The larger question is how do you improve the key metric for rocket technology: specific impulse. Such an improvement represents the kind of valuable IP you keep bringing up.

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re: Dragon cargo ship, space station fly in formation
george.leopold   5/25/2012 12:20:46 PM
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Dragon is live from the International Space Station on NASA TV: http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html

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ibm221   5/25/2012 5:28:48 AM
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NASA did a damn good job of transfering US IPs to spaceX here !!! for Free? Can you imagine Elon Co. did all this from scratch? I bet their logo is self developed, how about all the control, engine, connection... NASA got to open it's door and let Elon pick whatever it want ...

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re: Dragon cargo ship, space station fly in formation
george.leopold   5/24/2012 9:28:33 PM
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I was thinking something more like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWnmCu3U09w

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re: Dragon cargo ship, space station fly in formation
Rockheart   5/24/2012 7:31:28 PM
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go Dragon!!!!!!! http://youtu.be/JlDnevvKud0

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re: Dragon cargo ship, space station fly in formation
mcgrathdylan   5/24/2012 6:56:52 PM
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I bet the 20-hour "fly under" feels a lot longer than that to the crew. Go Dragon.



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