The United States space "new age"
At press time, "dragon" shuttle smooth operation, and has not seen the exception. Space exploration technology company boss MaSiKe said he was relieved. In fact, 22 launch is "dragon" the shuttle's second flight, falcon 9 rocket third flight, the success of the launch and no one hundred percent of security. The launch is also the space exploration technology company official NASA space freight contract execution for the last time a test. If successfully launched, the U.S. space exploration technology company will get and NASA's first contract signed 396 million research and development for the rest of the money, and then will be in accordance with the NASA signed a $1.6 billion deal, 11 times for launch, transport the goods to the space station. Transport goods is the space exploration technology company commercial space launch the first step, they hope in the future one day will be responsible for the seven astronauts to the space station, and simultaneously the tracks of the lowlands for launch.YMCMB caps wholesale
The U.S. space exploration technology company in the space business landmark achievements benefit from NASA's "commercial orbital transportation services program." Long-term since, large manned space program are made by the government investment, cost of over the most wealthy American even global also to bear. Therefore, after many years a lot of argumentation and study, the United States decided to use commercial orbital transportation mode from heaven and earth to reduce the cost of transportation, from the fundamental solution to this problem. In recent years more difficult financial situation, the United States "SheJinQiuYuan" new space policy is even more necessary and timely. Nearly to rail transport business outsourcing to the private sector, make NASA to devote to new spacecraft and a large thrust the rockets more research, specialize in according to the moon and Mars asteroids, "long distance travel".
The private enterprise management mechanism is agile, research and development cycle is short, low cost advantage won NASA's favor. In December 2008, space exploration technology companies and NASA total signed a $1.6 billion business supply service contract, content is the end of the shuttle program, to 2017 years ago in space exploration technologies of the company's "dragon" spacecraft to the international space station provides 12 times the total of 20 tons of goods transport, and "dragon" shuttle transport astronauts to the international space station. With the Virginia for the private orbital science company also and NASA has signed the contract goods to the international space station, later this year first test its "Cyguns" cargo ships. And "dragon" spacecraft is different, "Cyguns spacecraft can only goods, and smaller load capacity. It will be in the 2012 to 2017 years for the international space station transport goods eight times.
However, NASA nearly to transport business "outsourced" to private enterprise, but also influenced by some members of congress and a lot of public criticism. Many people of the private companies questioned the space ability, worry that their rockets and spacecraft NASA as the safety and reliability of the products. But NASA officials and private spacecraft leaders all think, space exploration by official system to private participation in transition "in its". NASA commercial space development project director McAllister says even if the "dragon" shuttle project execution as expected, the transition is inevitable. NASA's experts point out that, in the process of launch, the American space exploration technology company to be able to check out the two technical failure, and a quick restart mission, the technical ability is beyond doubt.
At present, the "dragon" spacecraft has become America's most mature commercial transport ships. The spacecraft was in December 2010, success had a more into the test flight, verify the "dragon" shuttle launch, orbit, signal transmission, receiving instructions, orbital maneuvering, simulation docking, again into the atmosphere, safe landing to the surface by recycling and key technology. "Dragon" type and parts of the shuttle points manned type two kinds. Type of "dragon" manned spacecraft up will be seven crew sent to near-earth; Parts of the type of "dragon" ship can carry up most 6 tons goods, shipped back to 3 tons of goods. "Dragon" shuttle is not like a spacecraft can only be used once, but can be repeated use 10 times or so, so can greatly reduce the cost of transportation from heaven and earth, this also is the most prominent a advantages.
Space "maniac" MaSiKe
Founded in 2002, the United States space exploration technology company headquartered in California. Its founder MaSiKe billionaires is online payment tool PAYPAL's founder, is also a space "maniac".
MaSiKe revealed, "DRAGON" THE shuttle's name from him like a popular song "PUFF, THE DRAGON", take this name is counter THE purpose of who think THE space dream impossible critics.
Falcon 9 rocket and a smaller falcon 1 rocket a size, it gets its name from the movie Star Wars saga of the space shuttle "one thousand falcon". "Dragon" spacecraft will eventually have manned model appear.
Ten years, the United States space exploration technology company has become the first spacecraft to enter orbit and realize the security of the return of the private company, and will become the first visit to the international space station of the private company. MaSiKe also want the United States space exploration technology companies to become the first to transport astronauts to the space of the private company. He also plans to continuously improve "dragon" shuttle, until eventually land on Mars. New Era caps
As planned, "dragon" the first spacecraft to within three years will the astronauts into space. With a Russian spacecraft sent an American astronauts to the international space station for the price of $50 million, and with "dragon" the shuttle's price is much lower, and the height restriction expanded to 1.95 m.
In order to explore further to the space, the U.S. space exploration technology company also built since the man on the moon in the most powerful of the rockets, "heavy falcon", the purpose is to more conveniently, the personnel, the goods on the moon, asteroids even Mars. "Heavy falcon" will be the basis of falcon 9 construction, use two bind type booster and other system of the falcon 9 rocket to upgrade. It measures 69.2 meters, equivalent to 20 storeys high, near-earth carrying capacity is the U.S. space shuttle 2 times, shipping cost is only 1/10 of the space shuttle.
MaSiKe are still considering the development of more powerful "super heavy rocket", its carrying capacity will reach "heavy falcon" about three times than the Apollo spacecraft launch the Saturn-5 rocket big above 50%. By the rockets, whether back to the moon, Mars or other farther into heavenly bodies without any problems.
MaSiKe has said the company hopes to 10 to 20 years on Mars astronauts. The timetable for NASA's manned than on Mars planned early, and low cost to be true. Supposedly, MaSiKe ultimate dream is to let the human become "the survival of the species.