Overview of the Current Programs at Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX)
SpaceX is revolutionizing access to space by developing a family of launch vehicles and spacecraft intended to increase the reliability and reduce the cost of both manned and unmanned space transportation. This presentation will highlight the details of the Falcon 1 (F1), Falcon 9 (F9) and Dragon programs that SpaceX is currently undertaking.
On September 28, 2008, the Falcon 1, designed and manufactured from the ground up by SpaceX, became the first privately developed liquid fuel rocket to orbit the Earth. Details of the F1 vehicle will be presented along with video from the first flight.
As a winner of the NASA Commercial Orbital Transportation Services competition (COTS), SpaceX is in a position to help fill the gap in American spaceflight to the International Space Station (ISS) when the Space Shuttle retires in 2010. The Falcon 9 Launch Vehicle is the platform that will be used to provide access to the ISS. Details of the design, manufacture and testing of the F9 vehicle will be presented along with a video of the nine-engine, full duration test performed in our McGregor, TX test site.
The Dragon spacecraft is made up of a capsule and trunk used for Earth to LEO transport of cargo and/or crew members. Details of the design, manufacture and testing of the Dragon capsule will be presented along with samples of PICAX (a SpaceX developed heat shield material).
Grand Forks, ND
Richichi, Jeff, "Overview of the Current Programs at Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX)" (2009). Space Studies Colloquium. 31.