Started by Legend, Jan 07, 2017, 05:32 PM
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is the mini confirmed yet, or just speculation?COnfirmed at the same time dragon 2 rocket landing was cut.
those are some pretty nice numbers. more to LEO than the saturn V and reusable. 6x what the falcon 9 can do. this would really open up the commercial space industry and make large missions much more feasible. itll be interesting to hear the launch costs, and really makes one question if tis even worth it for nasa to keep developing larger rockets. they could put the funds towards what to do once in space.Yeah this feels like a Falcon Heavy+SLS replacement. Second stage will be fully reusable so it should be cheaper than FH even for lighter loads.
Yeah this feels like a Falcon Heavy+SLS replacement. Second stage will be fully reusable so it should be cheaper than FH even for lighter loads.Yea, ITS was on the colonization level, the mini should be able to do early exploring and pathfinder missions.
On one hand it sucks they can't secure funding to jump directly into the full sized version, but on the other hand this'll still be an extremely useful rocket. Could take the first humans to Mars still.
Yea, ITS was on the colonization level, the mini should be able to do early exploring and pathfinder missions.That's assuming mini ITS doesn't take the same 10 years as full ITS was targeting.
I really want to see in orbit refueling and soon. this all opens up possibilities of missions weve previously dreamed of much sooner than the full ITS
Pics of SpaceX spacesuit developed for NASA commercial crew program coming out next week. Undergoing ocean landing mobility/safety tests.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 20, 2017