SpaceX Dragon 2

Dragon 2
Crew Dragon at the ISS for Demo Mission 1 (cropped).jpg
Crew Dragon approaching the ISS in March 2019, during Demo-1
Country of originUnited States
ApplicationsISS crew and cargo transport; private astronaut transport
Payload capacity
  • 6,000 kg (13,000 lb) to orbit[3]
  • 3,000 kg (6,600 lb) return cargo[3]
  • 800 kg (1,800 lb) disposed cargo[4]
Crew capacity4 [a]
  • Diameter: 4 m (13 ft)[3]
  • Height: 8.1 m (27 ft) (with trunk)[3]
  • Sidewall angle: 15°
  • 9.3 m3 (330 cu ft) pressurized
  • 12.1 m3 (430 cu ft) unpressurized[3]
  • 37 m3 (1,300 cu ft) unpressurized with extended trunk
Design life
Built7 (5 crew, 2 cargo)
3 under construction
Launched5 times (+2 suborbital)
Retired1 (prototype)
Lost1 (in testing)
Maiden launch2 March 2019 (uncrewed test)
30 May 2020 (crewed)
Related spacecraft
Derived fromSpaceX Dragon

Dragon 2 is a class of partially reusable spacecraft developed and manufactured by American aerospace manufacturer SpaceX, primarily for flights to the International Space Station (ISS). There are two variants: Crew Dragon, a spacecraft capable of ferrying up to seven[a] crew, and Cargo Dragon, an updated replacement for the original Dragon 1. The spacecraft consists of a reuseable space capsule and an expendable trunk module. The spacecraft launches atop a Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket and the capsule returns to Earth via splashdown. Four operational Dragon 2 spacecraft have been manufactured.

Cargo Dragon supplies cargo to the ISS under a Commercial Resupply Services-2 contract with NASA. The first flight of Dragon 2 in a cargo configuration launched in December 2020. It shares this duty with Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems' Cygnus spacecraft, and Sierra Nevada Corporation's Dream Chaser spacecraft is expected to join them no earlier than June 2022.

As of 2021, Crew Dragon is the only U.S. human-rated orbital transport spacecraft, the only reusable crewed spacecraft and the only reusable cargo spacecraft currently in operation. Its primary role is to transport crews to and from the ISS under NASA's Commercial Crew Program, succeeding the crew orbital transportation capabilities of the Space Shuttle which retired from service in 2011. No earlier than June 2022 it will be joined by Boeing Starliner in this role. Crew Dragon is also used for non-docking orbital space tourism, and is expected to be used to shuttle tourists to and from Axiom Space's planned space station.

  1. ^ "DragonLab datasheet" (PDF). Hawthorne, California: SpaceX. 8 September 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 January 2011.
  2. ^ ""Commercial Crew Program American Rockets American Spacecraft American Soil" (page 15)" (PDF). NASA. Archived (PDF) from the original on 18 December 2019. Retrieved 28 February 2019. Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  3. ^ a b c d e f SpaceX (1 March 2019). "Dragon". SpaceX. Archived from the original on 2 March 2019. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
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  5. ^ Clark, Stephen (7 December 2019). "After redesigns, the finish line is in sight for SpaceX's Crew Dragon spaceship". Spaceflight Now. Archived from the original on 6 June 2020. Retrieved 1 June 2020. 'With [the addition of parachutes] and the angle of the seats, we could not get seven anymore', Shotwell said. "So now we only have four seats. That was kind of a big change for us".

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