Social Media Sidebar


Please sign up, comment on articles and bring your friends!

Current poll

PlanetTech is asking:

What do you think about our new web site?

Love it, indeed
Really good solution
Same as old one
The old one was better
This is a new option

Quote of the day

Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless.


Thomas Edison

SpaceX will be launching another Block 5 rocket but will add new helium tanks for NASA astronaut missions

Posted in Science on 22nd Jul, 2018 02:34 AM by Alex Muller

SpaceX is working towards getting the Falcon 9 Block 5 certified for launching astronauts for NASA. SpaceX has built the crew Dragon space capsule. They still need to add new helium tanks to the Block 5.


The Block 5 has been launched without the helium tanks. The first seven qualification launches will start next month or the month after with the Demo-1 flight to the space station.


As of June 2018, Dragon 2 was scheduled to carry its first crew of two NASA astronauts on a 14-day test flight mission to the ISS in 17 January 2019. Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner was originally was planning first astronauts in November 2018 but NASA said the Boeing launch is now likely to occur in 2019 or 2020.


The new helium bottles are composite overwrapped pressure vessels (COPVs). They store cold helium at high pressures for injection into the rocket’s propellant tanks. Various redesigns were needed for handling the frozen helium and liquid oxygen because of SpaceX accidents. 


Crew Dragon has an advanced emergency escape system (which was tested in the spring of 2015) to swiftly carry astronauts to safety if something were to go wrong, experiencing about the same G-forces as a ride at Disneyland.


SpaceX will be launching Block 5 rockets shortly for a satellite launch. Block 5 is intended for 10 reuses without refurbishment and up to 100 launches with refurbishment.


The goal is for Block 5 Falcon 9 to be turned around and relaunched within 24 hours.

Tags: spaceSpaceXrockethardwareNASA

Read original article » Back to category



Recent headlines

  • Posted in Science on 2018-12-09 23:56:38
    CRISPR Babies: Mankind's Next Giant Leap? more
    Posted in Hardware on 2018-12-07 14:22:16
    SpaceX Successfully Launches to Space Station But more
    Posted in Science on 2018-12-07 14:17:51
    Simulated One Gravity Living on the Moon and Mars With more
    Posted in Business on 2018-12-07 14:12:33
    Most Valuable Company Title Moved Between Amazon, more
    Posted in Science on 2018-12-04 03:51:30
    SpaceX Lessons Which Massively Speed Improvement of more
Posted in Business on 2013-10-10 01:33
China is working towards a manned lunar mission in more
Posted in Business on 2013-10-20 07:17
Spacex says China is their main competitor for more
Posted in Software on 2013-10-20 06:43
Pirate Bay Browser Clocks 1,000,000 more
Posted in Medicine on 2013-10-10 02:10
Google reportedly investing hundreds of millions into more
Posted in Medicine on 2013-10-14 03:13
Endothelial Cells Can Repair and Regenerate Organs, more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Spacex says China is their main competitor for more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Staring at Your Phone Could Be Making You Short more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Oculus Rift virtual reality headset coming to mobile, more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
China is working towards a manned lunar mission in more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Delivering drugs via nanoparticles to target more

Recent Blog Posts

  • Posted by AlexMuller
    Even light drinking increases risk of more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    Researchers have discovered how to slow more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    Human retinas grown in a dish explain how color vision more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    The smartphone app that can tell you’re depressed before more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    Neural networks don’t understand what optical illusions more

Login to your Account

Login to your PlanetTech Account here

Remember me

Create a New Account

You just need username and password

The following errors occured:
Verify password:
Remember me