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The First Look Inside America’s First Private Spaceship [Space]

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

On June 2010, SpaceX launched into orbit a simplified version of their Dragon capsule. It was the first private spaceship in history, and it was a complete success. Now they are human testing it, getting it ready for its first manned flight. More »

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Report: Orion test flight pushed back to 2014, manned flight until 2021

Monday, January 30th, 2012
Report: Orion test flight pushed back to 2014
Even something as exhaustively planned as the test-flight of the Orion spacecraft isn’t immune to a slipping timeline. It’s reportedly been pushed back from next year to 2014 — when we’re expecting to see the capsule launch from Cape Canaveral, loop around the planet twice at 3,700 miles (the furthest any spacecraft has journeyed since the ’70s) before splashing down in the Pacific. This unmanned test was designed to see if the vehicle’s heat-shield, flight-software and parachutes all work before lives are risked on board. It’s also signified a pushing back of the first launch from 2016 until 2021. This means there’s nine more years before someone calls us up as a crew replacement — at least that’s how our dream goes.

Report: Orion test flight pushed back to 2014, manned flight until 2021 originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 30 Jan 2012 15:42:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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