SpaceShipTwo One Week Later – 7.34


One week after the SpaceShipTwo crash, we look at new data from the National Transportation and Safety Board (NTSB) and see where we’re at.

In Space News:
Dnepr launches Japenese payloads
Antares – turbopump is likely reason for failure
Philae set to land on November 12th
SpaceX to make Internet Satellites?
F9R-Dev2 to launch from SpacePort America in March?
Delta IV Heavy does a wet dress for Orion

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  1. chad snow on November 12, 2014 at 1:30 am

    The Orion test launch is coming. Although it would be cool if it could take humans to Mars, I cannot help but think about the tremendous waste from being required to use Shuttle derived parts. We will have a mega expensive SLS system that does the job over a super amazing system that we could have had. The Launch Abort System by itself has a ridiculous weight (16,000+ lbs) needed to escape from solid fuel explosions. Yes Shuttle SRB’s were a mandated on SLS. Had they used existing internal fuel (like Dragon and Blue Origin crew vehicle) it would have been a big savings, considering every pound counts. Pounds count so much they stopped painting the Shuttle main fuel tank to save a mere 600 lbs. Because the LAS is so heavy, the upcoming Orion test needs to use the current heaviest lifting rocket on the planet “Delta IV Heavy” simply for Orion and the escape system. I also wonder if a completely reusable Falcon Heavy and/or a Skylon system will render SLS a complete waist overnight when one can assemble a Mars system in LEO without on Braun-ing it. Don’t get me wrong, I want to go to Mars as soon as possible, I just have mixed feelings over SLS.

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