art SpaceX Red Dragon at Mars

My rendition of the Red Dragon capsule as it deploys its trunk in preparation for atmospheric entry, just minutes away.

Launching on a Falcon Heavy from LC-39A at Cape Canaveral no earlier than 2020, the Red Dragon missions will demonstrate powered landings on the Red Planet.

article SpaceX's Journey to Mars: 2018

This article is outdated; things have changed since it was written and it is no longer accurate. It is being kept online for reference purposes only.

It’s mid-April 2018, and SpaceX is getting ready to launch a Falcon Heavy, the world’s most powerful rocket since Energia. This time, though, its payload isn’t another communications or reconnaissance satellite; instead, SpaceX is preparing to launch their first unmanned mission to Mars: the Red Dragon.

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SpaceX Falcon 9 Downrange Propulsive Landing SpaceX Falcon 9 Downrange Propulsive Landing Direct link

This is the approximate trajectory of the SpaceX Falcon 9 booster during a downrange propulsive landing (i.e. ocean landing) on the ASDS.

Note that this profile includes a boostback burn; this profile was used during the launch of CRS-8, among others. It’s not used with heavy payloads, such as some of the larger GTO missions; instead, the booster does not perform a boostback burn and ends up much farther downrange, requiring the ASDS to position itself much farther from shore. The approximate trajectory of a Falcon 9 landing without a boostback burn can be seen here.

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SpaceX Red Dragon Landing SpaceX Red Dragon Landing Direct link

This is the approximate trajectory of the SpaceX Red Dragon capsule during its landing on Mars.

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SpaceX Red Dragon Overview SpaceX Red Dragon Overview Direct link

This is an overview of the operations an unmanned SpaceX Red Dragon capsule will take on its mission to Mars.

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project F9R-Dev2D Visit project Visit project

F9R-Dev2D is a simplistic Falcon 9 landing game. It was originally created as a programming-exercise-slash-fun-toy, and as a result, the code could be far cleaner than it currently is.

To fly, use the arrow keys (or A/D for pitch and Shift/Ctrl for throttle); X and Z throttle to zero and full throttle, respectively. If the pitch direction feels backwards, toggle “flip left-right”.

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