Dragon Mission Update: Dragon spent last night through today firing thrusters to catch up to the International Space Station. First maneuver for fly under is predicted to be Thursday at approximately 1:00 am PT with crew ops occurring after. Upcoming highlight is crew commanding Dragon's strobe light to show the vehicle can receive astronauts' commands.
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- , I suspect that under the COTS contract, Dragon will be supporting the international partners as well. It will be the only vehicle with cargo-return capability and thus is useful to all the partners. The US Government will however be the government paying for it, as part of its obligations to the international partnership.
, human spaceflight is as of yet not being taken over by private industry anymore than various National Labs are controlled by private industry. Other aspects of space utilization are conducted by both the public and private sectors. Lastly, until the teams competing in the Google Lunar X Prize land, the exploration of the solar system continues to be the sole domain of public entities (unless I missed something).May 23, 2012
- A great conversation! Thanks!May 23, 2012
- Too bad all the critical maneuver and coverage so far are in midnight. I am afraid I cannot watch them that often.May 23, 2012
- Com'on, be a good company and answer the several interesting questions directed to you guys! :)May 23, 2012
- SpaceX has recieved development funds from NASA but not from any other government, however I believe that Brazil has a strong desire for a space program and could become a major customer in the future ...May 23, 2012
- Today's rendevous and circle around went well along with test of remote control from ISS to Dragon. Tomorrow's hookup is green light to go! Big party tomorrow night!May 24, 2012