Falcon 9 Launch Vehicle and NASA Question on LinkedIn

I also posted the Falcon 9 Launch Vehicle question on LinkedIn in the NASA group. Here are some of the questions and comments that arose in that group. Thomas So, can the Falcon 9 launch an Orion capsule? If not, why not? Orion has already qualified their launch abort system. Dragon still has to qualify […]
I also posted the Falcon 9 Launch Vehicle question on LinkedIn in the NASA group. Here are some of the questions and comments that arose in that group. Thomas So, can the Falcon 9 launch an Orion capsule? If not, why not? Orion has already qualified their launch abort system. Dragon still has to qualify a launch abort system. Mel Thomas, mating an Orion capsule to a Falcon would be a challenge. The Orion capsule is a lot larger than the Dragon capsule. Could it be done? possibly, but that’s a lot of engineering. The Ares 1 design is already man rated, and builds on the legacy of ATK and Morton Thiokol and the current shuttle boosters. Look at the ARES mating and you would see something similar for an Orion, with a second stage that is larger than the first stage. I’m sure a Falcon Heavy could lift it, but how much payload would be left? The ARES V heavy lift under development now, would be the largest rocket ever built in the world and would carry 5 times as much weight as the current shuttle into orbit. AND one of the few rockets that has the capability to reach transfer orbit for interplanetary escape. Falcon 9 does not have the abililty for anything other than LEO and possibly Falcon Heavy could reach GEO, but it takes a Russian Proton 5 burns to reach geostationary. NOTHING but a ARES V or Satern V has the get up to push to transfer orbit… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_orbits The ARES V will be the largest, tallest, most powerful rocket ever made on earth. If you enjoyed this information:
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