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What is actually happening in this full mission rehearsal of CAPSTONE's propulsion hardware?

NASA Ames's feature CAPSTONE’s CubeSat Prepares for Lunar Flight says CAPSTONE will use a hydrazine-fueled propulsion system during most of its three- to four- month journey to the Moon. This line of ...
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Why wasn't there a 2nd attempt for the Viking-DS (VDS) test payload before the real Viking 1 and 2 were launched?

Per Gunter's Space Page for Viking-DS (VDS): Viking-DS or VDS (Viking Dynamic Simulator) was a vehicle evaluation payload, which was to represent the dynamic properties of the Viking spacecraft. It ...
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How many of these six military "orbital threat" techniques have been demonstrated in a (more or less) publicly recognized way?

If you are having a good day then under no circumstances should you read the US Defense Intelligence Agency's Challenges to Security in Space1 (Information cutoff date, January 2019) linked in Axios' ...
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What kind of impact tests to large touch screen displays in crew capsules have to pass?

Some of the glass layers in commercial large format displays are between 0.25 and 0.7 mm thick. (e.g. 1, 2) If something comes loose in a capsule during a high acceleration period (launch, reentry) ...
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How is the Max-Q of a spacecraft determined?

Maximum aerodynamic pressure of a spacecraft is the maximum force it's hull can withstand during flight. How is the Max-Q of a spacecraft determined? Other related ( optional) queries are: If Max-Q ...
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Rocket engine test bed structure

Rocket engine thrust will eventually "lift" a certain amount of weight, to a certain height. For Saturn V, they used 5# F1 engines, each of which produced a thrust sufficient to lift ...
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Longest static fire?

What is the longest duration for a static fire of a complete rocket stage? Initially I wanted to ask this for Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy I found a 10 second static fire for Falcon Heavy - https://...
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X-248 cape catastrophe [closed]

I was responsible for changing the ignition system on the fatal x-248. It was a result of poor igniter design and especially dangerous procedures by Cape personnel. I am looking for some facility of ...
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What is it about parachutes that makes people always want to "re-invent the wheel"?

For technology that involves complex engineering issues, standardization and specialization is extremely helpful. If I want to design a complex ASIC IC I don't design it from scratch, I just drag-and-...
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Which CI/CD system do/would space companies like SpaceX use for continuous integration in their devops practice? [closed]

I wonder whether there are, or are recognizable in near future, industry specifics for CI/CD solutions in a space engineering company like SpaceX, compared to other companies where mass manufacturing ...
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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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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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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 ...