SpaceX will become the only company in history to release the same commercial space capsule in orbit three times, which is the cornerstone for re-use of orbital spacecraft in the otherwise routine Cargo Dragon mission to the International Space Station ISS).
Known as the CRS-18, the mission will hopefully see the Cargo Dragon C108, and the new rack will deliver several tons of load to the ISS, the second of three SpaceX launches scheduled for 2019. The construction of SpaceX's new commercial spacecraft in June 2017, Falcon 9 B1056.1 will become the first proven flight of Block 5 to launch a mission of NASA. So the Cargo Cargo C1
SpaceX reused one of its Cargo Dragon (Dragon 1) capsules for the first time in June 2017 , the first company in history to rebuild and use spacecraft of spacecraft, similar to the company's first to use a second-hand commercial ship. Speaking at the ISSR & D 2017 conference, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk noted that – despite the fact that for the first time a commercial company (including SpaceX) used an orbital spacecraft again – the cost of upgrading the Cargo Dragon C106 is 50% cheaper. from building a new capsule.
The cost effectiveness of re-using Cargo Dragon may have improved only in the two years following this historic first, meaning that the supply of SpaceX with ISS may have some exceptionally healthy margins for a trading company. According to a comprehensive analysis of the CRS costs for 2017, the total cost of a Dragon cargo delivery mission is likely to be $ 175 million (FY19).
In addition to the CRS-18, SpaceX has two Dragon 1 launches that remain in the original CRS1 contract with NASA. Both will also use two capsules, such as CRS-18, leaving SpaceX with a retired fleet of not less than three or three times two orbital spacecrafts while Dragon 2 (Crew Dragon) takes over. Current schedules show the final launch of SpaceX – CRS – 20 CRS1 – after CRS – 19 (NET December 2019) in March 2020. Cargo Dragon 2 debut is currently scheduled to begin at the earliest by August 2020 and – as all Cargo Dragon 2 starts – will re-use a slightly modified, orbiting "Crew Dragon" capsule.
CRS-18: The Bad Time in the Shovel
The CRS-18 is likely to face some of the worst time SpaceX ever experienced during a launch attempt on Falcon 9, July 23 and the backup window on 24 July with 70% and 80% probability of infringement (scrap). In other words, there is a probability of 30% and 20% that Falcon 9 will be able to launch CRS-18 this Wednesday or Thursday.
Support for the launch of the Cargo Dragon is the Falcon 9 booster B1056.2, which will probably set the second time for the Falcon 9 is only 80 days between the debut of the start of May 4 and the CRS-18. SpaceX's record-breaking record is now 74 days – three-way connection between the B1048, B1052 and B1053 amplifiers. Besides, the second launch of the B1056 will mark the first time NASA has dropped a block 5 amplifier, an important indicator that the space agency is extremely comfortable with the latest version of SpaceX's Foxon 9 and the associated reuse procedures.
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