SpaceX Return to Flight -Iridium Flight 1
SpaceX returns to flight with a picture perfect launch and first stage landing on the autonomous drone ship "Just Read The Instructions." Today's launch lofted 10 Iridium NEXT satellites into orbit on the first flight for Iridium of a planned 8 launches. Today's successful landing marks the first Falcon 9 to touch down on drone ship "Just Read The Instructions." and the seventh successful Falcon 9 first stage landing.
Project Orion The USAF Plan 1962
Dr. Brent Ziarnick, Major, USAFR, gives an excellent talk on Orion and the role it might have played as part of the US strategic nuclear forces. The engineering and physics side of nuclear pulse propulsion has been covered in great detail through declassified documents such as the General Atomics report on Orion, which can be found here: GA-5009 vol III "Nuclear Pulse Space Vehicle Study Conceptual Vehicle Design" and George Dyson's book,* which is an essential study guide to Orion, detail on the USAF side of Project Orion is still emerging. This video provides an in depth look at the scope of those plans. *George Dyson's book can be found
Constellation Program NTR Mars Mission Animation
Human Exploration of Mars Design Reference Architecture (DRA) 5.0 The other day my friend f r a g o m a t i k shared this link to a stunning video animation of the (canceled) Constellation program nuclear thermal Mars mission. The nine minute long animation depicts NASA Design Reference Architecture (DRA) 5.0 Constellation program 7-launch nuclear thermal Mars mission strategy. You can download the PDF here: Human Exploration of Mars Design Reference Architecture (DRA) 5.0 View the animation here: Mars Mission animation Abstract DRA 5.0 features a long surface stay “split mission” using separate cargo and crewed Mars transfe
Making Humans a Multiplanetary Species
SpaceX Mars Webcast Today at the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico SpaceX Founder, CEO, and Lead Designer Elon Musk revealed details of SpaceX’s interplanetary transportation system and plans to establish a Mars colony. Elon gives an overview of his motivation, to reduce existential risk and establish an entrepreneurial environment on Mars.