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Dragon is in orbit

Another success for SpaceX: Dragon is now in orbit.

Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

 
Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

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One comment

  • Joe

    From the linked article.

    “About one minute and 28 seconds into flight, engine No. 1 suffered a dramatic malfunction of some sort, triggering a bright flash in the exhaust plume and what appeared to be debris falling away in the rocket’s wake”

    I am glad the vehicle survived, but for any other booster this would mean a stand down while an investigation is made into the cause of the anomaly.

    “For the CRS-1 mission, the Dragon capsule is loaded with 882 pounds of hardware, supplies and equipment”

    As per previous discussions of efficiency this is far below the claimed Up Mass capability of the Dragon and even the Up Mass called for by the contract. Any idea why?

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