Questions tagged [super-draco]

SuperDraco is a hypergolic propellant liquid rocket engine designed and built by SpaceX for use on the Dragon V2 capsule.

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Why did Crew Dragon switch to burst disks instead of multiple check valves?

SpaceX is known for preferring reusable parts whenever possible. Before the crew dragon incident, where a leaking check valved resulted in a plumbing explosion, it was determined that the check valve ...
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Why does the Superdraco exhaust seem so under-expanded in this photo?

The Ars Technica articles From zero to 100mph in 1.2 seconds, the SuperDraco thruster delivers Dragon was destroyed just before the firing of its SuperDraco thrusters both include this "file photo" ...
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Purpose of side holes on SuperDraco pods of DM-1 flight Dragon 2 capsule

I've watched the launch video for DM-1 today, and one thing caught my attention. On SuperDraco pods, below the plugged SuperDraco engine openings, there are two more plugged holes. I've marked them on ...
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Crew Dragon SuperDraco Engine Covers

(Source: Nasa Spaceflight article) While looking at the new images of the upcoming crew dragon launch I noticed a distinct lack of holes in the part of the dragon the Engines are supposed to be in. ...
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SuperDraco Engines in Crew Dragon spacecraft

How can a single spacecraft namely Crew Dragon aka Dragon V2, accommodate 8 SuperDraco thrusters along with sufficient propellant required for a precision propulsive landing and/or other such ...
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Merlin 1D Engine [closed]

How does the Merlin engine work? How does it's working compare to the working of SuperDraco engine? To be more specific, What features of Merlin make it unique and more efficient than other rocket ...
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Dragon 2 Propellant Capacity

According to its wikipedia article, the Dragon 2 is powered by 8 SuperDraco engines. And according to the SuperDraco's article, each one of them can store up to 1,388kg of propellant at an Isp of 240s....
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Could a modified Dragon reach Low Earth Orbit just using SuperDraco engines?

How far could a heavily modified SpaceX Dragon capsule fly just by using its SuperDraco engines? By heavily modified i mean unmanned, unpressurized and full of mono propellant.
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How can SpaceX test SuperDracos whilst hanging off a crane?

NASASpaceFlight.com reports that the DragonFly test vehicle has arrived at McGregor, TX for testing. They discuss that the FAA is limiting them to 80 feet above ground for initial testing. That they ...
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SuperDraco Dragon V2 vs Merlin 1D Falcon

I figured out that ten SuperDraco engines have about the same thrust as a Merlin 1D. So if we replace Falcon 9's second stage with a Dragon V2 with 2 additional SuperDracos ( and replace some seats ...
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Can a SuperDraco engine help landing the SpaceX 1st stage?

I was thinking that placing RCS on the top of the rocket could help manouver it at low speed where the fins are useless. Than i read somewhere that cool gas propellant are not enough. But we know ...