Sunday, August 14, 2011

SpaceX videos

I spent some time looking over the SpaceX website, which is a bit of an education. It shows how the rocket is put together and the various tests made prior to launch.

These were obtained from SpaceX website:

First Flight of the Dragon Spacecraft - Highlights

Commercial Crew Development (CCDEV)

Multiple Draco Test Firings

Dragon Spacecraft Separation Test

Falcon 9 Flight 1 Static Firing, Close

Falcon 9 Flight 1 Static Firing, Wide

Falcon 9 Flight 1 vertical

Falcon 9 flight hardware undergoing final integration in the hangar at SpaceX's Cape Canaveral launch site in Florida. Components include: Dragon spacecraft qualification unit (l), second stage with Merlin Vacuum engine (ctr), first stage with nine Merlin 1C engines (r). Credit: SpaceX

Falcon 9 Flight 1 rollout


Got this one via Twitter link.   It is a test drop of the Dragon capsule from 14,000 feet.   It was a test of the parachute deployment and recovery of the capsule from the ocean.

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