- Nov 20, 2007
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NASA lays out $28 billion plan to return astronauts to the moon in 2024, page 2Why do I still doubt Artemis will fly within 4 years?
NASA lays out $28 billion plan to return astronauts to the moon in 2024, page 2
What about flying a circumlunar around the moon flight using a modified Crew Dragon spacecraft launched by
Falcon Heavy booster
Space X had already done the engineering studies about using a Crew Dragon for lunar flights
While Musk has said did not want to man rate Falcon Heavy would probably not be difficult for NASA to sign off
considering FH has already flown several times with more coming soon
Saturn V which launched Apollo 8 had only been flown twice, with 2nd test flight a near disaster with 2 engines
in 2nd stage shutting down and 3rd stage failing to restart
If anything would preempt (sic) a possible Chinese flight , much as Apollo 8 was flown to prevent Soviets from beating US to moon in their ZOND project
Falcon Heavy is too shakey to be reliable for human, see the maiden launch of it where the cameras near the launch pad vibrated a lot more than Falcon 9. This is why me and Elon Musk don't like a crewed mission onboard a shakey vehicle.Musk has said did not want to man rate Falcon Heavy
Yes, because Dragon is not that good for long duration flights. It's great for short LEO missions, but not for much else.
And also for moon landing, alongside Blue Origin and Dynetics.SpaceX's solution for BEO is Starship. And NASA has already selected for cargo delivery.
AFAIR, the SpaceX Crew Dragon uses the same heatshield technology used for the Galileo probe. This can handle a lot of heat better than what was possible with Apollo technology.Well, what about reentry? I don't think Crew Dragon heat shield can withstand reentry from circumlunar trajectories. Look at the damages of the Apollo 12 heat shield wrought by the reentry after the trans-Earth insertion burn.