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Re: SpaceX Dragon capsule in Cape Canaveral
« Reply #20 on: 07/05/2011 02:18 AM »
What the heck is all that stuff in the capsule?
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Re: SpaceX Dragon capsule in Cape Canaveral
« Reply #21 on: 07/05/2011 02:21 AM »
Every conference one of the managers speak at they are going to push a crispy capsule out in front of them, give a speech leaning on it, then at the end have a model in a space suit hydraulically shot out the docking ring.

That sounds like a conference just about anyone would love to attend.  Better still if the model in the space bikini gave the speech after shooting out the top and handing out a smoky flavoured space cheese. 

Sounds gouda to me!  ;)

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Re: SpaceX Dragon capsule in Cape Canaveral
« Reply #22 on: 07/05/2011 12:53 PM »
What the heck is all that stuff in the capsule?

Looks like the plumbing and propellant tank of a propulsion bay to me, and is not looking inside of the capsule.
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Re: SpaceX Dragon capsule in Cape Canaveral
« Reply #23 on: 07/05/2011 05:43 PM »
A pretty sorry looking "replacement" as we retire the impressive shuttle fleet, imo.

Then do us all a favor and give us an extra three billion a year so we can continue to fly the shuttle. 

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Not to mention the Shuttle would never be able to serve as a lifeboat.
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Re: SpaceX Dragon capsule in Cape Canaveral
« Reply #24 on: 07/05/2011 09:04 PM »
Yhea that capsule looks in a bad state but it has been to space and back, remember the early shuttle flights?

Also i remember someone (Forgotten the name) for SpaceX saying after the inspected it all it needed was a wash, new parachutes and fuel and it would be good to go back up.

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Re: SpaceX Dragon capsule in Cape Canaveral
« Reply #25 on: 07/05/2011 09:46 PM »
Yhea that capsule looks in a bad state but it has been to space and back, remember the early shuttle flights?

Also i remember someone (Forgotten the name) for SpaceX saying after the inspected it all it needed was a wash, new parachutes and fuel and it would be good to go back up.

Looking closely, it appears to me that the capsule itself is in terrific shape.  Only the TPS shows the effects of reentry heating, as expected.  The TPS might need total, or partial, replacement, to fly again, but this prototype Dragon is not going to fly again.   

Reentry heating is not child's play.  The vehicle is exposed to thousands of degrees F for some time.  Hot enough, literally, to melt steel, as well as aluminum and, in some cases, titanium.  Coatings and adhesives and paints are going to outgas and redeposit on nearby surfaces, creating that streaking effect. 

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Re: Two more pics
« Reply #26 on: 07/05/2011 11:53 PM »
Hi-res closeups of some interesting areas

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