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Sophisticated Spacecraft: SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Reusable Successful Test Flight (Video)

Last month, on May 2, SpaceX conducted a test flight of their new Falcon 9 Reusable (F9R) spacecraft. Check out the video below to see it in action.

The “rocketcams” in the video feature a shot from the nose of the rocket followed by video footage from the ground. The test flight took place in McGregor, Texas under a FAA Experimental Permit.

*The coolest part is the landing in my opinion*

This was a successful 1000m test flight of the F9R, a developing spacecraft that will have the ability to carry astronauts to and from space.

The “steerable fins” included on this spacecraft are unique and allow the rocket to carefully maneuver in mid-air to facilitate a smoother landing. These types of steerable fins have been used on smaller spacecraft by SpaceX earlier this year, but they are now incorporating them on their more important and larger crafts, like the F9R.

The successful testing of the F9R means that SpaceX may soon be sending U.S. astronauts to the ISS (right now we’re contracting Russian shuttles to launch them into orbit). Rocket development and the growth of the space industry are truly in full steam.

NASA TV Will Air SpaceX’s Dragon Capsule Undocking From The ISS AT 8am Today!!!

Today (May 18, 2014) starting at 9am EDT NASA TV will air the departure of SpaceX’s famous Dragon capsule from the International Space Station (ISS). The Dragon delivered precious cargo to the ISS, and it will be returning to Earth with about 3,500 pounds of valuable cargo as well.

According to SpaceX.com

“Dragon is a free-flying spacecraft designed to deliver both cargo and people to orbiting destinations. Dragon made history in 2012 when it became the first commercial spacecraft in history to deliver cargo to the International Space Station and safely return cargo to Earth, a feat previously achieved only by governments. It is the only spacecraft currently flying that is capable of returning significant amounts of cargo to Earth. Currently Dragon carries cargo to space, but it was designed from the beginning to carry humans. Under an agreement with NASA, SpaceX is now developing the refinements that will enable Dragon to fly crew. Dragon’s first manned test flight is expected to take place in 2-3 years.”

Dragon is a sophisticated craft that has provided NASA with valuable cargo transportation up to this point. Dragon is not only a method of transportation but is also a laboratory that can do research on its own, independent from the ISS.

Below are some pictures of the Dragon capsule and Dragon launch:

Dragon’s current mission is strictly cargo transportation. But SpaceX is hopeful that in the future Dragon will be successful in developing capabilities to transport humans to and from space as well.

Dragon has been docked onto the ISS for about 30 days now. According to Space.com the…

“Undocking is scheduled to occur at about 9:25 a.m. EDT (1325 GMT), with spalshdown in the Pacific Ocean expected at about 3:05 p.m. EDT (1905 GMT). The NASA TV webcast begins at 9 a.m. EDT (1300 GMT). “

Here is a link directly to NASA TV where you can watch the Dragon undocking LIVE!!!


Russian Deputy PM to NASA: Have Your Astronauts Take A Trampoline to the Space Station

Dmitry Rogozin, Deputy Prime Minister of Russia, is among the list of Russian officials who the U.S. has economically sanctioned in response to the situation in Ukraine.

Apparently, those sanctions are beginning to irk him a bit. Yesterday, he posted this tweet to his Russian twitter account:

Translation: “After reviewing the sanctions against our space industry, suggest United States delivering their astronauts on the ISS using trampoline.” (I could have fixed the sentence structure on the translation but I found it was much funnier to leave it as is and read it with a Russian accent)

If you were unaware, we have been paying the Russian space agency to launch our astronauts up to the International Space Station ever since NASA ended the American Space Shuttle program in the summer of 2011.

Russian Space Shuttle “Buran”

Speaking with journalists in the Crimea region (which was controversially annexed from Ukraine recently) , Rogozin went on to say,

“Essentially, the Americans want to clear us out of the space services market … I am sick and tired of these sanctions, to be honest, they don’t understand that the sanctions will hit them like a boomerang.”

Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX, a private space company who NASA has been working with increasingly in recent years had this response:

Read more from NBC here.