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SpaceX glitch may be deemed secret under US arms laws

SpaceX glitch may be deemed secret under US arms laws

作者:钦豕  时间:2018-02-13 05:01:22  人气:

Editorial: “Don’t let knee-jerk secrecy slow down space flight“ DRAGON capsules are classed as weapons, and commercial spaceflight may suffer for it. US rules to prevent arms trafficking may mean we never find out what delayed a recent Dragon mission to the International Space Station. SpaceX, based in California, sent a Dragon into orbit on 1 March. Its thrusters developed problems, apparently due to blocked fuel valves. But ground engineers managed to clear the blockages, and the craft docked with the ISS a day late. SpaceX promises a full investigation into what went wrong, but what it can reveal is restricted by the International Traffic in Arms Regulations, which list commercial capsules like Dragon as munitions. The space industry would benefit from learning what happened,