# What is the maximum apogee a Dragon spacecraft can reach?

What is the maximum apogee a Crew Dragon can reach in a highly elliptical orbit (by both the Falcon 9 and the Falcon Heavy)? There is a planned touristic mission in which the current apogee record of 1,368 km (788 mi) set by Gemini 11 is to be broken.

• Gemini 11 was Altitude: 1368.9 km (739.2nm) (from science.ksc.nasa.gov/history/gemini/gemini-xi/gemini-xi.html) What kind of miles are the 788 mi?
– Uwe
Jun 29 '20 at 9:22
• @Uwe What a question. Statute miles (land miles) of course. I wonder why they (and the WP article too) use nautical miles. Jun 29 '20 at 10:12
• first: Seeing as it could be lifted into a flight path such as the RedRoadster has, maximum apogee has little meaning. Second, please don't post multiple "max apogee" questions when one question regarding basic rocket and orbital mechanics equations would suffice. Jun 29 '20 at 11:04
• There is a long tradition at NASA to use nautical miles and not land miles. Navy and airforce use nautical miles too. The first NASA astronauts were aircraft test pilotes and used to nautical miles.
– Uwe
Jun 29 '20 at 11:07
• @CarlWitthoft Apogee is concerning the Earth's orbit. The Tesla Roadster is in orbit around the Sun where you'd say aphelion/perihelion. The car is lighter than a Crew Dragon so that it can be put at escape velocity but the Crew Dragon is a different story. I dunno whethere it can be flown to escape velocity by the Falcon Heavy. It are different rockets/orbiter than the STS, and therefore can't be put into the same question. Jun 29 '20 at 11:07