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SpaceX Successfully Delivers Supplies To ISS 87

Reuters reports on the successful SpaceX-carried resupply mission to the ISS: "A cargo ship owned by Space Exploration Technologies arrived at the International Space Station on Sunday, with a delivery of supplies and science experiments for the crew and a pair of legs for the experimental humanoid robot aboard that one day may be used in a spacewalk. Station commander Koichi Wakata used the outpost's 58-foot (18-meter) robotic crane to snare the Dragon capsule from orbit at 7:14 a.m. (1114 GMT), ending its 36-hour journey. ... "The Easter Dragon is knocking at the door," astronaut Randy Bresnik radioed to the crew from Mission Control in Houston. Space Exploration, known as SpaceX, had planned to launch its Dragon cargo ship in March, but was delayed by technical problems, including a two-week hold to replace a damaged U.S. Air Force radar tracking system."
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SpaceX Successfully Delivers Supplies To ISS

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  • by St.Creed ( 853824 ) on Sunday April 20, 2014 @06:07PM (#46801597)

    Corporations and government combined is the definition of fascism according to Mussolini.

    Since when did Mussolini have a valid opinion on anything? He was spouting propaganda, not delivering a scientific argument. As for writing a check to Elon Musk: are you implying that any government buying a service from a private company is a fascist state? Because I don't think you and I have the same definition of fascism in that case.

  • by samwhite_y ( 557562 ) * <> on Sunday April 20, 2014 @08:36PM (#46802291)
    Hmm... The gist of this is essentially correct, except for one detail. Cost. The only number that is really going to matter in the end is how much money does it take to put 1 ton of stuff into orbit (or beyond) from the ground. Right now it appears to be $10,000,000 USD or even much higher (based on the numbers I see being thrown around on Slashdot). Government subsidies (such as in Russia), can hide some of this, but this seems to be the essential economic truth. As long as that remains the case, mankind is not going to be a space faring race and venturing into space will mostly be for kicks and bragging rights (and maybe a bit of good science, such as Hubble). What SpaceX offers for the very first time, is a path where we may reduce these costs by a factor of ten or more. If we can start putting a ton of stuff into space for less than $500,000 it will radically change what is possible -- a cost of doing something real goes from $200 trillion to maybe $10 trillion -- something we could spend over a 100 years. Things like real space stations, and large space ships with landing vessels.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday April 20, 2014 @09:35PM (#46802485)

    successful flight.

    Contrary to what is being claimed, Dragon hasn't manage to complete a full mission without serious problems. Not to mention it hasn't manage to suvive a landing without either crashing in the ocean or receiving significant damage.

    Guess why you haven't seen a single picture of video of the re-entry of a Dragon capsule.

  • by WindBourne ( 631190 ) on Monday April 21, 2014 @02:11AM (#46803347) Journal
    This is 100% correct. The vast majority of ISS, shuttle, etc. was in fact done by NASA. Of course, that left the hard work to the private industry.

Karl's version of Parkinson's Law: Work expands to exceed the time alloted it.