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In 2017, Crew Dragon, the crew-carrying version of the upgraded Dragon 2 spacecraft, will restore the United States’ capability to fly humans to orbit.

The backbone of Dragon 2 is a metallic welded pressure vessel. SpaceX has completed manufacturing of the first two pressure vessels to be used for ground testing, and is currently manufacturing two Crew Dragon flight articles. The pressure vessel is the primary structure of the spacecraft that protects astronauts during ascent, while in outer space, and during entry and landing to provide a safe and controlled environment in which to travel and work.

Here is a picture of the first test article undergoing structural load testing. This demonstrates the spacecraft’s ability to withstand the tremendous forces it’s exposed to during space flight.

When we transport astronauts on Crew Dragon to the International Space Station next year, it will be within one of these pressure vessels that over the coming months will turn into a fully functional spacecraft.
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Sounds exciting!
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Next launch targeting June 14 from Cape Canaveral – 45 minute launch window opens at 10:32am ET, 2:32pm UTC.

Payload is two commercial communications satellites headed to Geostationary Transfer Orbits.
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+kc koellein they are for the upcoming Disaster Area concert.
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Falcon 9 successfully delivered THAICOM 8 to a Super Synchronous Transfer Orbit, with a high orbit of 91,000km. Orbital ATK has confirmed the spacecraft has acquired signal.

The first stage also landed successfully on our Of Course I Still Love You droneship in the Atlantic.
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+David Talbot 91000 kilometer = 56544.778493597 = 56544 778493597/1000000000
Alternative value(s) for 56544.778493597:
56544 (error = -0.001376%)
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Webcast now live as we're less than 20 minutes from launch. Watch here → http://www.spacex.com/webcast
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Happy Earth Day from all of us at SpaceX
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Terraformed Mars.
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15 minutes from launch of Falcon 9 and Dragon to the International Space Station.
Webcast live now → www.spacex.com/webcast
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AD Steele, they already have the goal to do this on Mars. Have you not seen the article on hydroponics and mars yet ?
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About 15 minutes from launch. Webcast now live → www.spacex.com/webcast
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If only they could make higher legs with similar weight & strength these landings would not fail I don't think unless the F9 came in real hard & fast. More than twice the F9 lands but the legs couldn't hold it up. Surely having the legs so low means much more force is exerted on it by the sheer weight of the rocket and to balance it is that much harder. More legs may also help but the problem is weight. Keep up the great work SpaceX!!!
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Sped up video of the Falcon 9 first-stage landing during the THAICOM 8 mission on May 27, 2016. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jEz03Z8azc&feature=youtu.be
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This never gets old!
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About 20 minutes from launch window opening.
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next stop mars 4 tickets please and thank you.
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SpaceX is planning to send Dragons to Mars as early as 2018. Red Dragon missions will help inform the overall Mars architecture that will be unveiled later this year.

These missions will help demonstrate the technologies needed to land large payloads propulsively on Mars.
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Each step is a progression for humankind
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Updated landing photos from droneship remote cameras https://www.flickr.com/photos/spacex/
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Would deceleration be feasible using deep water, and a vast column of properly spaced pockets of gas and timing a prolonged cushioned landing with less impact stress? Seems desireable for a stellear landing. Titanium electroplating to negate a little salt. 
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Happy Friday from Cape Canaveral — the NASA and SpaceX teams are tracking towards a 4:43pm ET launch today of the Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft, bound for the International Space Station. Weather remains 90% go → www.spacex.com/webcast
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I would volunteer to go to Mars

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SpaceX designs, manufactures and launches the world’s most advanced rockets and spacecraft.
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SpaceX designs, manufactures and launches the world’s most advanced rockets and spacecraft. The company was founded in 2002 by Elon Musk to revolutionize space transportation, with the ultimate goal of making life multiplanetary. In 2010, SpaceX became the first commercial company in history to send a spacecraft into orbit and return it safely to Earth. In May 2012, SpaceX again made history when its Dragon spacecraft became the first commercial vehicle to successfully attach to the International Space Station, something previously accomplished only by governments.  In October 2012 and March 2013, Dragon again successfully delivered cargo to and from the space station in its first two official cargo resupply missions for NASA.

 

For more information, visit www.spacex.com.