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#1 Centaur



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Posted 01 March 2013 - 10:54 PM

The Dragon mission to the ISS launched today by private firm SpaceX seemed all the more impressive due to what the media at first saw as failures. The ability to quickly get three reluctant steering thrusters turned on through instructions from the ground is good reason to salute the engineers. I recall the early days of rocket launches when many resulted in complete failure due to one tiny glitch with no way to correct it from the ground.

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 01:13 AM

That was a nail-biter, no doubt about it. I'm glad they'll be recovering the spacecraft, because it's going to be the subject of a thorough disassembly and inspection.

On the other hand, the Merlin engines seemed flawless this time around. If the upcoming 1-D is as much an improvement as it's purported to be in thrust, reliability, and economy, then Space-X could have a real long-term winner on its hands.

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 10:50 AM

The modern use of computer software systems to manage the spacecraft systems makes it easy to switch to backup systems.
This is a case where systems sophistication worked in their favor. Modern spacecraft engineering is truly a marvel. We in the USA build the world's best spaceships (Along with the world's best killing machines).

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