If all goes as hoped, SpaceX will have a very busy 2015. The commercial space company could launch as many as 17 rockets, including a mid-flight test abort of the Dragon capsule to demonstrate its in-flight crew escape system.
SpaceX is preparing for the first of two critical abort tests for the firm’s next generation human rated Dragon V2 capsule as soon as March. The SuperDraco engines are located in four jet packs around the base. Each engine can produce up to 120,000 pounds of axial thrust to carry astronauts to safety. The ultimate goal is fully propulsive landing of the Dragon V2 capsule.
SpaceX Dragon V2 pad abort test flight vehicle. Credit: SpaceX
SpaceX’s Dragon V2 spacecraft is the next generation spacecraft designed to carry astronauts to Earth orbit and beyond.
When Falcon Heavy lifts off later this year, it will be the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two. Thrust at liftoff is equal to approximately eighteen 747 aircraft operating simultaneously.
Following the successful launch of six ORBCOMM satellites, the Falcon 9 rocket’s first stage reentered Earth’s atmosphere and soft landed in the Atlantic Ocean. This footage is from a chase plane filming the decent of the first stage back to earth.
Last time the crash landing on the Barge but it was a success to even bring it back to the barge
SOURCES – Universe Today, Spacex, Youtube, Business Insider
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