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PWSP 1.5 - SpaceX progress on Dragon abort test and Raptor engine

25 Oct 2013, 11:26 UTC
PWSP 1.5 - SpaceX progress on Dragon abort test and Raptor engine
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Source : NASA Space Flight

October 24, 2013 by Chris Bergin

Falcon 9 1.1 - Launch Late Sept 2013

Worlds first mid-flight re-ignite (see previous)

SpaceX provided another glimpse into their future ambitions by announcing they have completed a review of their 2014 abort test for their commercial crew program. The company also announced they would begin testing of their new Raptor engine – a key element of their Mars mission architecture – early year at NASA’s Stennis Space Center.

SpaceX Status:

Most of SpaceX’s current focus is on the upcoming salvo of missions, with the second launch of their upgraded Falcon 9 v1.1 aiming to follow up the success of the Cassiope mission.

The launch vehicle – and its passenger, the SES-8 satellite – are both undergoing launch processing at SpaceX’s SLC-40 complex. However, the launch date has since slipped to a NET (No Earlier Than) November 22 launch date, per L2′s SpaceX section.

Efforts into the Upper Stage re-start investigation are ongoing, following its issue during the Cassiope mission. While the Canadian satellite was successfully deployed, a re-start of the stage was attempted as part of SpaceX’s fully-reusable launch vehicle aspirations.

The relevance to the SES-8 mission is ...

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