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Dragon 2 in-flight abort test - what will happen to the booster?

SpaceX is planning to do an in-flight abort test of the Dragon 2. I imagine that at max-Q the Dragon will start its own motors to fly slightly faster than the booster (and move sideways). Suddenly ...
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Where are all those blocks of steel and concrete now?

According to the Wikipedia article about Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster now in Heliocentric orbit: Traditionally, concrete or steel blocks are used as ballast in risky test flights. SpaceX wanted to ...
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Will there be no other test flights of Falcon Heavy?

In this list of Falcon launches, the next flight of a Falcon Heavy in June 2018 will transport several scientific satellites. The mission will be part of the certification process of the new rocket. ...
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software quality in space systems

What kind of software quality assurance techniques are employed in the development of space systems? How are they different from other techniques in aviation, nuclear or other high stake systems?
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Why are spacecraft qualification tests expensive and time consuming?

From what I have read and from what I have heard from people who have taken a spacecraft through from design to flight, qualification testing is very expensive and time consuming, and cite this as the ...
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Can cubesats be used to qualify parts for spaceflight more cheaply than ground testing?

I've been researching what drives the cost of spacecraft, to see why many spacecraft still use very antiquated electronics and power systems developed in the 1980's instead of up to date electronics ...