PICTURE: SpaceX Falcon 5 nose cone engineering unit

by | Apr 10, 2008 | Seradata News | 2 comments

This photo shows a carbon fibre nose cone for a Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) Falcon 5 that would have launched Magic Dragon, the first manned capsule designed for SpaceXThe nose cone was produced by W J Todd Engineering, based in Yeovil, England, for Andy Elson, a contract engineer who developed SpaceX’s Magic Dragon capsule

The nose cone was to fold back sufficiently for Magic Dragon’s common berthing mechanism, to be used to dock with the International Space Station

Elson also developed what he calls a “pneumatic computer” to carry out the fold backing actuation, which he says “worked most of the time”

As well as the blog entry Magic Dragon: The UK’s first commercially built manned capsule demonstrator more details about the original SpaceX plans for its first capsule and Falcon 5 will be revealed in a forth coming story at www.flightglobal.com/spaceflight

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