Hey Pres, if this tech was so retro, and so "EASY" to accomplish. How come N.Korea can't get their act together and get "EASIER" feats done. I am just saying, if it was so trivial shouldn't anyone with some spare change get to do it?
Congrats SpaceX team, you desearve a great accolades for your success!!!
Congratulations to the SpaceX team for a remarkable accomplishment. And a wish for many more.
It's great to see them succeed in something those spineless gray worms in Congress no longer have the political will to do.
These were great photos and an awesome success for SpaceX; I hope they are able to repeat it in the future many times to come. That said, I really wish we would learn to not "throw away" stuff like the "trunk equipment module". It takes a ton of energy to get that up there (not to mention all the energy it took down here just to manufacture it); it should be left up there in a stable orbit (or something), rather than letting it drift and eventually burn up in the atmosphere. We are literally throwing away potential raw materials and energy that we can't get anywhere else. That is a complete and avoidable waste, in my (admittedly layman's) opinion.
Yes, it's old technology. The goal here is to demonstrate a commercial capability that can reduce the cost of getting to low-earth orbit as well as hauling cargo and crews to the space station. That's the new technology. Then NASA can work on technologies that are not 50 years old.
I applaud this successful venture for two reasons. The first is that it has succeeded. The second is that it it is a good example of private/government cooperation. While Elon Musk needs to be commended so does NASA in becoming more of a partner with industry. Its Commercial Crew and Cargo program fits nicely with the SpaceX goals and tasks: http://www.nasa.gov/offices/c3po/home/
On a day like this, it is feels great to be an engineer! Hats off to the Dragon team.
@Frank Eory: I hear you, I had only seen news reel videos (that were screened before the movies began in Indian theatres) of the Apollo program and this certainly brings back memories. I used to watch in wonder and awe when the Apollo crafts were plucked from the ocean and never knew that one day I would be living and working in a country that produced such great feats.