Re: More to this story
"There is a great deal more to this story. This capsule was built on a no-bid subcontract from the United Launch Alliance. It is strictly 1960's technology because that is all ULA (Boeing+Lockheed) can do. The AVERAGE cost overrun by ULA has been 42%. They have NEVER delivered a product within 10% of the contractual deadline. Contract courts have allowed the overruns and contract 100% of the time --- maybe because every contract court judge is a former defense industry executive. This was a half-billion dollars spend on a capsule that has such limited utility that it is essentially worthless."
Don't know enough about "Contractor court" to comment on this. It would explain a lot.....
"Compare the Orion to the Dragon capsule. (The V2 Dragon is the same as the current capsule except for the addition of seating and crew support electronics."
It's a bit more than that. That's called the Environmental Control and Life Support System. It's a bit more substantial than what 1.0 has been carrying (V 1.0 has carried mice).
The big item (apart from the beefed up ECLSS) is that crew Dragon docks rather than is "berthed" so it's got independent thrusters on it and a whole different chunk of ironmongery on the front.
"It has also brought back delicate experiments and broken equipment. This is something that Soyuz and Orion cannot do. "
Incorrect again. Both can do this. That's sort of the point. Till Commercial Crew flies the US has nothing to carry humans. Orion is (in theory) the backup to Commercial Crew, but as it's only human rated on (unflown) SLS it will be hugely expensive to use this way.
"The Dragon capsule was designed to use a propulsive landing system with parachute backup to land anywhere with the precision of a helicopter. "
Currently. Original version was IIRC air bags and parachutes. The land landing (like Soyuz) is a big cost saver.
"But it doesn't stop there. The Falcon upper stage is multiply restartable. No other upper stage has this capability. "
Again wrong. Centaur has been restarted 5 times. The Ariane 5 storable and cryogenic upper stages also have restart capability. IIRC the Russian Frigat US is also a LOX/Kero design with restart capability (and runs a staged combustion cycle, like most Russian engines).
"SpaceX has already launched six satellites at once into different orbits. Neither the Delta nor Atlas series has this capability."
They do, as does Ariane 5. Look up "Secondary payload adaptor." BTW Orbital launched Orbcomm satellites 6 at a time from its Pegasus XL
I'll leave it there. We get it. You're a fanboi.
Don't get me wrong SpaceX has made significant achievements. They are just not what you think they are.
Supersonic retro ignition. Discovering upper stage reuse is uneconomic. Expecting that only a "BFR" size vehicle will have enough payload to make upper stage recovery economic. Coming close to full water landing.
These are all significant achievements and involve real science and deep understanding.