Friday, May 07, 2010
Otherwise known as Elon Musk of SpaceX. An interview with him two days ago can be read here, where he discusses the intense pressure SpaceX is now under with the now fast approaching Falcon 9 flight. The Falcon 1 was pressure enough but this time the rocket they are about to launch directly relates to the ability of the US to send up manned crews after the Shuttle retires and perhaps the entire White House plan to use commercial providers to do so, so yeah just a bit of pressure here.
And in other manned exploration news, NASA has successfully tested the emergency escape system for the Orion capsule.
Here's a good example from 1983 of what it looks like when a mission fails but the emergency escape system works the way it should: