You like this Delta II Heavy model?Good, because you can have one just like it on your table. Go here. Download the AR target and print it out. Download the Android or iOS app and run it. Navigate Select Spacecraft > Launch > Delta II Heavy, point your phone at the target, and there you…
Why do I have this vision of an 808 keychain camera taped to the side of the Dragon? Probably not, huh. It does remind me of a lot of amateur rocketry videos, though. Except for the part about landing in the ocean.
Pad abort test of the Crew Dragon Crew Dragon test… pulled, not pushed, off the pad by its own builtin SuperDraco thrusters. Edit: Or was it pushed? I suppose that depends where the center of mass was. Behind the SuperDraco nozzles, I suspect, but I don’t know for sure.
First development flight of New Shepard launch vehicle and spacecraft.
Check out the 6000 by 6000 (!!) pixel image from this article on the then-upcoming (it happened today) groundbreaking for the Commercial Crew access tower at Space Launch Complex 41. It shows the Atlas V 422 rocket with the Boeing CST-100 capsule on top, on the pad with the access tower alongside. Concept super scale, anyone?
XKCD gives us a great infographic (large version) on spacecraft masses and launch vehicle capacities, measured in horses.
It’s a sad thing that we have only two human-carrying spacecraft now operational: Russia’s Soyuz, and China’s Shenzhou. But we’ve now had a test of Orion. It’ll be too many years before Orion is operational, but at least we’re heading there. And of course there’s SpaceX’s Dragon V2. Yet to be tested, but the cargo…