Friday, February 05, 2010

Henderson to present SpaceX update

Scott Henderson, SpaceX director of mission assurance and integration, will be the guest speaker for the National Space Club meeting Tuesday. His presentation is "SpaceX Falcon 9 Strategic Update." The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Radisson Resort at the Port, Cape Canaveral.

Scott Henderson joined SpaceX after 25 years in the United States Air Force. Before joining SpaceX, Henderson was commander of the 45th Launch Group at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

Established in 2002 by Elon Musk, the founder of PayPal and the Zip2 Corporation, SpaceX has developed two new launch vehicles and has been awarded Commercial Orbital Transportation Services funding by NASA to demonstrate delivery and return of cargo to the International Space Station. In April of 2007, SpaceX was granted use of and began developing Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral. The Falcon 9 Dragon is scheduled for a March 3 launch from Launch Complex 40.

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Anonymous said...

Please someone ask Mr. Henderson how Space X has been able to get a pass from having to comply with Range Safety requirements? In addition, how is their manrating Falcon 9 and Dragon capsule going so far? Will they have to comply with NASA's man rating requirements?

Anonymous said...

I already made reservations and plan to listen if any update on Dragon's tests&development is covered. I have nothing but support for Space X, they are doing what may of us dreamed of doing....building rockets with as little red tape as possible. Yet, we must find out more where they are as this now directly affects our Nation's leadership in space.

Anonymous said...

There are no man rating requirements published so, Falcon 9 is not designed man-rated.

WordsmithFL said...

It would seem rather obvious that, since NASA is working collaboratively with the private sector as partners now, they will work together to establish human safety criteria.

Maybe someone can publish the human safety criteria for Mercury, Gemini, Apollo ... but I suspect no such thing existed.