TheScienceNetwork Update + Change

I have learned a few things over the past month with TheScienceNetwork. Tumblr isn’t so black and white when it comes with who posts original content or not. Some of my favourite people on Tumblr are mostly rebloggers. Also an overwhelming amount of you guys want to be part of the network but due to the original content barrier you didn’t make it.

These reasons are the purpose of this update. Now the Science Network will include those Science blogs that reblog the science. However, those who post original content will get featured at the top of their respective list with a * next to their name.

If you would like to resend your request I will happily add you on to the list, thank you :)


       The Falcon 9 Rocket is a modern space launch craft developed by SpaceX to deliver cargo and eventually humans into orbit. Launching their first version of the Falcon 9 (v1.0) in mid 2010 they soon improved the design and created Falcon 9 v1.1, the one we know today. This second version of the Falcon 9 almost doubled the weight of cargo it could bring to space with almost double the thrust. More cargo means more money for the young space company of SpaceX as Nasa hires them to bring cargo to the ISS every few months. Now in the works is a third version of the Falcon9 Reusable. Showcasing a pair of legs whose intent is to bring the first stage back to the ground safely to be refueled and sent back into the air with another load of cargo. This disruptive innovation will revolutionize the cost of the space industry.

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       The CEO of SpaceX Elon Musk describes it similar to trashing your car after a single trip every time you drive somewhere as 99% of the cost of the spacecraft comes from the rocket itself. Fuel takes up a meager 0.3% of the cost of a rocket launch. Traditionally the first stage becomes waste at the bottom of oceans never to be recovered, the F9R plans to eliminate this process.

       Driving the technology forward is the grasshopper spacecraft used to test the concept as well as the landing legs. Completing several flight tests over the past 2 years the technology is almost here for a fully reusable launch system. These test launches can be seen on SpaceX’s Youtube Channel, their latest from the day of this post is a 1km ‘hop’. The four space legs are made from carbon fiber with aluminum honeycomb to maximize their strength and minimizing their weight.

       Useful Links
SpaceX Youtube Channel
Falcon 9 Wikipedia
Falcon 9 Space X Website
Latest 1km Test Flight
Falcon 9 Overview
Falcon 9 Overview (2)