SpaceX prepares for a large human-space flight.
Elon Musk's company aims to carry out the first demonstration mission of its International Cremosphere Crew Captain's Dragon Cap on March 2. But if all goes well, Crew Dragon is likely to bring astronauts to and from the orbital lab for the first time this summer. [Take a Walk Through SpaceX’s Crew Dragon]
Here's what you need to know about the Dragon Crew, Demo-1 and the short-term future of space flights.
What is a crew dragon? 9 rocket launcher at Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida in February 201
SpaceX crew's first spacecraft is seen at the top of its Falcon 9 rocket launcher at Launch Pad 39A
SpaceX develops a Crew Dragon in a multi-billion contract with NASA.The agency signed a similar deal with Boeing, working on a capsule called the CST-100 Starliner
The aim is to the orbital space flight to the United States is returning, US astronauts are dependent on Russian missiles and spacecraft. Soyuz raids to reach and exit the ISS from July 2011, when NASA withdrew from its space shuttle
The seats on board the Soyuz ship for three people are currently sold for about 80 million Starliner, which is scheduled to make its non-scheduled first flight to ISS sometime in April, will be erected by United Launch Alliance Atlas V rockets, which can not be re-used.
How It Different From Cargo Dragon
Crew Dragon is a modified, modernized version of Dragon Dragon's robotic space capsule, which has been flying with unfinished ISS missions under a different contract with NASA since 2012.
The Crew Dragon has many features related to astronauts. seven of them), windows, elegant touch displays, life support system and escape system. The evacuation system designed to make dragon crew harmable in an emergency situation consists of eight SpaceX SuperDraco engines embedded in the capsule shell. For example, Dragon has traditional solar arrays, but the solar panels of the Crew Dragon cover the spacecraft's trunk and do not require any activation action.
Both versions of Dragon are designed for reuse, and SpaceX has already transferred several ships to ISS missions. But each individual Crew Dragon will not fly with several ISS missions for NASA, at least not initially, said SpaceX representatives
What will Demo-1 do?
((VideoProviderTag | jwplaDemo-1 will launch from the historic Launch Complex 39A) at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida SpaceX is headed for March 2 to take off, although this date is far from being in stone
The mission is designed to test almost everything from Crew Dragon's Critical Equipment, Automated Approach and Docking, and SpaceX staff will closely monitor the performance of these systems during the duration of the 2-week mission, which will end with a parachute in The Pacific Ocean
But the successful return of the and Earth will not declare the readiness of the crew to carry a crew, and in June SpaceX will also carry a "in-flight capsule" test with the capsule to make sure that the evacuation system works properly
If everything goes well with these two flights, Demo-2 will be released for take off, and this mission, which can be launched in July, will take NASA astronauts Bob Bencken and Douglas Hurley to the ISS for about a week's stay.
The crew missions in the NASA orbital laboratory will follow the successful completion of Demo-2.
Prelude to Starship?
If SpaceX's vision behaves, Crew Dragon will not fly too long – and neither the Dragon missiles, Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy will fly. the space flight system, which consists of a 100-passenger spacecraft called Starship, and a giant rocket called the Super Heavy. The reusable duet will carry people from and to Mars, the moon and other distant destinations, Musk said, and will do whatever it takes to get SpaceX to do so, from launching satellites to cleansing of space garbage.
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