Commercial Spaceflight And The Dawning Age of NewSpace

SpaceX Dragon – Orbiter Space Flight Simulator 2010

Dragon is a spacecraft developed by SpaceX, launched into space by the SpaceX Falcon 9 two-stage-to-orbit launch vehicle.

SpaceX’s CEO, Elon Musk, named the spacecraft after the 1963 song “Puff, the Magic Dragon” by Peter, Paul and Mary, reportedly as a response to critics who considered his spaceflight projects impossible.

Falcon 9 is a family of two-stage-to-orbit launch vehicles, named for its use of nine engines, designed and manufactured by SpaceX. The Falcon 9 versions are the Falcon 9 v1.0 (retired), Falcon 9 v1.1 (retired), and the current Falcon 9 full thrust, a partially-reusable launch system. Both stages are powered by rocket engines that burn liquid oxygen (LOX) and rocket-grade kerosene (RP-1) propellants. The first stage is designed to be reusable, while the second stage is not reusable.

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