Elon Musk to unveil manned Dragon V2 “space taxi”

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http://phys.org/news/2014-05-spacex-ceo-elon-musk-unveil.html

SpaceX CEO, founder and chief designer Elon Musk is set to unveil the manned version of his firms commercial Dragon spaceship later this week, setting in motion an effort that he hopes will soon restore America’s capability to launch US astronauts to low Earth orbit and the International Space Station (ISS) by 2017.

Musk will personally introduce SpaceX’s ‘Space Taxi’ dubbed ‘Dragon V2’ at what amounts to sort of a world premiere event on May 29 at the company’s headquarters in Hawthorne, CA, according to an official announcement this evening (May 27) from SpaceX.

“SpaceX’s new Dragon V2 spacecraft is a next generation spacecraft designed to carry astronauts into space,” according to the SpaceX statement.

The manned Dragon will launch atop the powerful SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket from a SpaceX pad on the Florida Space Coast.

Dragon was initially developed as a commercial unmanned resupply freighter to deliver 20,000 kg (44,000 pounds) of supplies and science experiments to the ISS under a $1.6 Billion Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract with NASA during a dozen Dragon cargo spacecraft flights through 2016.

Musk is making good on a recent comment he posted to twitter on April 29, with respect to the continuing fallout from the deadly crisis in Ukraine which has resulted in some US economic sanctions imposed against Russia, that now potentially threaten US access to the ISS in a boomerang action from the Russian government:
“Sounds like this might be a good time to unveil the new Dragon Mk 2 spaceship that @SpaceX has been working on with @NASA. No trampoline needed,” Musk tweeted.

The ‘Dragon V2’ is an upgraded, man rated version of the unmanned spaceship that can carry a mix of cargo and up to a seven crewmembers to the ISS.

Dragon is among a trio of US private sector manned spaceships being developed with seed money from NASA’s Commercial Crew Program in a public/private partnership to develop a next-generation crew transportation vehicle to ferry astronauts to and from the ISS by 2017 – a capability totally lost following the space shuttle’s forced retirement in 2011.

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its happening right now..follow here:

http://sploid.gizmodo.com/first-look-at-dragon-v2-the-first-manned-spaceship-by-1583376826

the dragon..flying to the ISS..looks like a cool ride..

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24 Responses to “Elon Musk to unveil manned Dragon V2 “space taxi””

  1. I’ve had the spacex webcast left on all day; still 2 hours to go!

  2. Reblogged this on Flying Tiger Comics and commented:
    James Bond villains controlling flight to the outer atmosphere? What could possibly go wrong with that?

    • What could possibly go wrong with that?

      nothing that they haven’t already filmed anyway..

      • Re Musk (and Bigelow for that matter) it always amuses me that in effect as far as the consumer audience is concerned we’re simply seeing inaccurate NASA computer generated BS replaced by “private enterprise” computer generated BS…

        My pet project re this stuff is following the phoenix-like rebirth every few decades of DISC… which provided security for NASA and now provides security for Musk and Bigelow.

        • excuse my ignorance but what is DISC?

          • you know how conspiracy theories so called always have a pyramid of agencies or entities?

            DISC is the Nazi-founded (Von Braun was first chief) scientific gestapo that overtly provided security for eg Apollo but in fact was the committee combining the relevant NSA, CIA, DIA and ONI people, liaising with the cointelpro group inside FBI, who actually “faked the moon landings”, murdered the whistleblowers, ran the real Area 51 using naval personnel and so on.

            The acronym DISC has several versions- Defense Industrial Security Commission, etc.etc.

            In the same way DIA does things the CIA are blamed for, and in the same way NRO is a far more sinister organisation than most people think, DISC is one of those utterly mysterious groups that there are only ever vague mentions of even in researcher press.

            But it exists, it’s sinister, and it includes all the normal suspects plus the REAL X-files, run by Guy Bannister, who was of course the control for Lee Harvey Oswald- who like many of his fellow coffee company employees boasted he was about to take a job with NASA… ie with DISC, since NASA is an unlikely employer for ex-marine intel agents- but DISC is a perfectly logical one.

            • i have learned a new one today then..thanks for that..the rabbit holes are many and deep..so many actors..

              • Yes and no. For example, the Pentagon Papers put the DIA right in it, embarassing the Pentagon- and even though what was in the papers was close to the truth- they were fake. CIA fakes. Like MJ 12.

                Similarly, saying the CIA did JFK is wrong- a section of CIA that had gone rogue even from the rogue agency did it, the same way DIA did MLK Jr- but the DIA shooters who killed MLK Jr were directly physically above a FBI / CIA / Mafia team of mafia dickheads who though they were the only team…

                It isn’t infinitely deep or complex, it’s just three levels usually- onr or two more levels than people who click from lapdog media to Alex Jones are used to dealing with.

                Or think of it this way.

                If a novel writer (a good number of whom are ex-intel) or TV producer can foreshadow and add three levels to a story- you think an intel group with real rewards riding on the outcome can’t plant two levels of fake evidence? Or misdirect to another agency with a public bad reputation?

                MIBs are real, both paranormal entities and much more commonly- people from another agency or “strangers”. That agency must interpenetrate CIA and DIA, and interact with NSA.

                DISC was a trivial exercise for the paperclip nazis to set up- the whole of nazi germany had these parallel equal authority groups as a deliberate strategy by Hitler to create permanent competition, management by chaos and to hamstring his potential successors. It was second nature for the paperclip people to create DISC.

                Following on from THAT, it begs the question of why the Russian nazis were so initially successful then “failed” at the same time the American nazis were initially so dismally inept and then suddenly had the greatest success in local space flight in history, complete with perfect mission safety and no loss of life – other than Gus Grissom and a few other inconvenient people.

                Still, at least Obama got to ride on Grissom’s shoulders on that beach in Hawai’i that one time. Quite a coincidence too, isn’t it?

                I really should do a “Laurel Canyon” type series on all this, before my head explodes… 🙂

                • Still, at least Obama got to ride on Grissom’s shoulders on that beach in Hawai’i that one time. Quite a coincidence too, isn’t it?

                  indeed!

                  i think you should do a LC style series..i will post it as well 🙂

                  greatest success in local space flight in history, complete with perfect mission safety and no loss of life

                  this is probably the smoking gun hidden in plain sight..6 journeys to the moon in 3 years, complete with successful return even though they didnt know what was up there, not possible..so..do it again..i dare ya!

  3. If Dragon would have Focus Fusion engines with specific impulse around 1 000 000 – it could go to Mars without Falcon . So let’s help it happen https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/focus-fusion-empowertheworld–3/x/7399178?show_todos=true

    • why would i give money so that rich people can go into space when those same fucking rich people are murdering and raping human beings right here on earth right now? honestly, i hope it explodes on liftoff, killing all aboard.

      • Elon’s goal it is dramatically decrease the costs , make space available for all. LPP goal it is empower the world avoid dependence from fat cats and oil and gas.

      • why does anyone need to go to space? for thrills? to be able to say they did it? to have an experience? he isn’t helping anybody. his car is a joke for ceo’s who have microscopic penises.

        if “elon” wanted to help the world, he could pull out of the “tel aviv” (jaffa) hyperloop project and all his other projects in israel. then he could call a press conference and join miko peled and all of the other jewish anti-zionists in the world in denouncing the rogue, nuclear, apartheid, child-torturing, organ selling, human trafficking, zionist entity.

        again, why should i give money to this piece of shit?

      • Not even all Musk’s billions can fix shit like this: http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/toddler-critically-burned-during-swat-raid/nf9SJ/
        It’s entirely up to us.
        So let’s keep the space program, even if it is as a public crowd funded venture. After all we’re going to need somewhere to go to get away from these freaks.

  4. It’s not a space taxi but this crowd sourced project to reawaken the long dormant International Sun/Earth Explorer Spacecraft 3/ International Cometary Explorer is still pretty amazing: first read about it being green lighted by NASA here:
    http://gigaom.com/2014/05/23/citizens-raise-159k-to-reawaken-nasa-spacecraft/
    & now initial contact proves successful!
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2643793/First-contact-zombie-spacecraft-Amateur-astronomers-successfully-revive-36-year-old-probe-passes-Earth.html

    • https://twitter.com/ISEE3Reboot twitter for ISEE-3 Reboot project
      http://spacecollege.org/isee3/ website for ISEE-3 Reboot project

      http://www.johnrleeman.com/tag/orbits/ the plan to move the ISEE-3 into a new orbit
      “Last time I talked about a team trying to capture and reuse the ISEE3 satellite (here). The team has received lots of telemetry lately, determined the rotation speed of the satellite, and even had an amateur radio operator receive the satellite! While all of this is going on, they must rapidly plan out what orbit they wish to enter. The most discussed orbit is termed ESL1, the Earth-Sun system Lagrangian point #1…”

  5. Falcon 9 rocket lands on drone ship but ‘tips over’ afterwards
    Read more at http://www.9news.com.au/world/2015/04/15/08/10/space-x-falcon-9-rocket-lands-on-drone-ship-but-tips-over#XXyWJF4VIOdE4L8x.99

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