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I've always dreamed about exploiting Solar System resources to create an exponentially growing economy using in situ resources, ultimately moving all dirty industry off the planet, allowing (though not requiring) the whole globe to be a wonderful park.

I strive to share visually arresting images directly relevant to my dream. Mostly I post about hardware that is in use or active development. What's not about hands-on-real stuff is directly related (via non-fantasy engineering). Although I love space exploration as well, this Collection is not for that, unless directly related somehow (e.g. asteroid prospecting).

Notes: I'm tolerant of comments such as "neato", but I prefer +1s. Conversations relevant to the technical material in the post are most welcome.

I am not the only one on G+ sharing this kind of material, although my focus is perhaps narrower than others'. You can't go wrong following +brian wang, +Ciro Villa, +David Brin, +Lilith Dawn,+Paul Carr +William Black, and/or +Winchell Chung (list non-comprehensive and in alphabetical order, and I welcome suggestions for others).

The image theme for this Collection is an artistic rendering (found on the Web) of a SpaceX Dragon capsule docked to an inflatable Bigelow habitat, a realistic impression of what a human-staffed or -tended industrial R&D or production facility in space might look like. Of course, the bulk of space development activities will have to be performed by robotic systems; the image is intended to evoke what might be a romantic pinnacle of achievement, that I myself - or you! - have a chance of visiting.

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A nice illustration of the current ISS configuration, with CRS-10's Dragon capsule attached.

H/T to +Ciro Villa, but really we should all have this web page bookmarked, right?

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On the one hand, proceed with caution (as well as confidence); on the other hand, the sooner the better!
I missed this on Monday.

" "The authority to proceed with Dragon's first operational crew mission is a significant milestone in the Commercial Crew Program and a great source of pride for the entire SpaceX team," said Gwynne Shotwell, president and chief operating officer of SpaceX. “When Crew Dragon takes NASA astronauts to the space station in 2017, they will be riding in one of the safest, most reliable spacecraft ever flown. We're honored to be developing this capability for NASA and our country.” "

h/t +Maarten Kleyne & +Dennis D. McDonald


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In a sense, overcoming issues such as this one are beneficial in that they demonstrate the vehicle's robustness. Of course getting to the bottom of the error and eliminating it for future missions is also a high priority.

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Berthing scheduled for tomorrow morning (around 5:00 am EST)
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Good deploy for Dragon, good landing for Stage 1!
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Another launch attempt for the CRS-10 ISS supply mission coming up. NASA coverage starting at 8:45 am ET.
https://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/#public
http://www.spacex.com/webcast



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In a couple of hours from this post, a Falcon 9 will attempt to launch a Dragon capsule on CRS-10, a supply mission to ISS.

There will also be a landing attempt of the first stage.

You can follow the launch at the SpaceX website:

http://www.spacex.com/webcast
DEIMOS IMAGING ‏@deimosimaging
#DEIMOS2 captured #Falcon9 getting ready for 1st launch from the historical Apollo #LC39A pad @NASAKennedy. Good luck, @SpaceX @elonmusk
https://twitter.com/deimosimaging/status/832594913044865028

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For me, Space Development means actual work done in space that advances the day when calling humanity a spacefaring civilization is not simply an aspirational wish.

Making artworks in space is one part of that.
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