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Capsule for cargo and manned (eventually) payloads to orbit. Built by SpaceX, launched on a Falcon 9 rocket.

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What is the circular item that fell off of the returning booster during the CRS-16 mission?

During reentry of the first stage booster on the Dragon Resupply Mission (CRS-16), there was a ring-looking item that floated away from the booster. I would imagine it is some sort of ice debris, but ...
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Shape of Dragon Crew capsule affecting ballistic descent?

\ I I don't think anyone has the seen the actual dimensions of dragon version 2, but assuming it is what SpaceX will be using to take people to space, I think it will have issues regarding stability ...
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What if an ISS astronaut refused to leave the space station? [duplicate]

When a mission to the ISS ends and the astronauts/cosmonauts shall leave the ISS with the Soyuz/Dragon spacecraft, what if an astronaut refuses to enter the Soyuz? What if he/she wants to remain on ...
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Would this chair support astronaut during launch in Crew Dragon

Recently reporters were allowed to take pictures of Crew Dragon and the SpaceX flight suit. Among them is this picture: I was under the impression that: Chairs needed to be custom molded / adjusted ...
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What are the chances that the ISS transits the moon as seen from your house (or headquarters)?

In this answer I tried to do a simple probablistic estimate on the distribution of the ISS's ground track passes over Earth's equator. Recently there is a photo of the ISS passing over SpaceX ...
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How is Dragon-v2 prepared for being docked for months at ISS?

The Dragon spacecraft is being certified for manned spaceflight. If it's to replace Soyuz, though, it will have to serve as an escape pod for the crew. The current delivery missions are proving its ...
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Reuse statistics of SpaceX Dragon capsules?

The question about the rolled-up and deployable solar array How does ROSA unroll? (Roll Out Solar Array) begins: The upcoming SpaceX launch with the apparently first re-use of a dragon capsule will ...
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Why don't ISS supply missions use their full payload capacity?

I was reading a NASA study talking about the benefits of flying the Dragon spacecraft vs the Space Shuttle. The study mentions that both launch systems use only about 2/3 of their payload capacity ...
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When will they be landing Dragon retropropulsively?

I keep expecting SpaceX to start doing powered landings of the dragon, or at least tests. But to my knowledge they haven't even done a drop test yet. Does anyone know what their plans are in regards ...
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Where/how did the CRS-10 Dragon capsule “wait” before the 2nd, successful docking attempt?

After one halted attempt at docking with the ISS, the CRS-10 Dragon capsule successfully completed the maneuver. In the time between the two attempts, Dragon must have maintained some kind of orbit ...
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Have guidelines for red & green navigation light placement on spacecraft been established?

I am curious if guidelines for the placement of red/green navigation lights on spacecraft been established. In maritime and most aviation situations, right/left have meaning because up/down does. A ...
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Can an ISS berthed vehicle remotely unberth?

The ISS has three (four?) types of docking ports. The Russian side has one standard with two types (active/passive?) and the US side has either a PMA (soon to be updated with the IDA to the NDS ...
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What prevents the current Dragon capsule being used for crew?

Hypothetically, why could the current Dragon not be used for carrying astronauts from space? Since there is always some research material in Dragon, I believe this vehicle has e.g. heat shields. Is ...
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What kind of maneuver Falcon9 & Dragon follows after separation

I was taking long-exposure shots of tonight's SpaceX launch and noticed these swirling like maneuvers when I zoomed-in: Are both stages making a roll or something? Separation Stage-1 Stage-2
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What is behind Dragon's Guidance, Navigation and Control bay door?

The timeline in the press kit for the upcoming CRS-9 SpaceX launch says at about 11 minutes after launch, "Dragon's solar arrays deploy", and at 2 hours 19 minutes, "Dragon's Guidance, Navigation and ...
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What is the structure of Falcon 9 and Dragon?

I mean detailed pics like this: If it's impossible to get this information please try to describe an approximate structure. Also provide additional info if you can. Which metal are used? What extra ...
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Will the 2018 Mars Dragon Lander be the largest lander on Mars to date?

Assuming the Dragon V2 will be the lander for SpaceX Mars mission launching in 2018, will it be the largest lander (either by weight or by size) that humans have put on Mars to date? Wikipedia has ...
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How does the landing accuracy of Dragon (under parachutes) compare to Soyuz?

The Dragon capsule landed yesterday, and I saw this picture of it: Historically, capsules had a rather large uncertainty when landing, especially with parachutes. This picture was obviously taken ...
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Can Red Dragon generate electrical power after a Mars landing, or will it rely only on battery power?

Red Dragon will presumably have to shed or re-stow solar arrays before any landing. What will be the source of electrical power after landing?
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What payload was expected for the 2018 Mars Dragon flight (“Red Dragon”)

SpaceX has long been planning to use Dragon capsules to carry objects anywhere in the Solar System. They have officially announced a 2018 launch to Mars. Specifically, the launch window is April-May ...
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Is the Dragon Mono-Stable?

Re-entry vehicles tend to be either mono-stable (eg soyuz) or bi-stable (apollo) which refers to the orientations in which they're aerodynamically stable. In at least one case, this has proved very ...
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Why is the Dragon small compared with the Falcon 9 LEO payload

According to wikipedia, the Falcon 9 1.0 had ca. 10t payload capacity to LEO. The Dragon has a 3.3t payload capacity to the ISS with a dry mass of 4.2t that leaves 2.5t unused lift capacity. Is this ...
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Is that Dragon's cargo exposed to space environment in this picture?

The lower section of Dragon, holding the solar panels, are ditched during descent. So, is Dragon carrying cargo in that section during ascent? Source of the image: Launch & Spacecraft Visit to ...
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Minimum spacecraft docking time

What's the absolute minimum time in which spacecraft docking can be achieved? EDIT: This question isn't so much about the time to match orbits as it is about the time it takes to maneuver into the ...
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Why hasn't Dragon been reused before CRS-11?

Given that SpaceX's Dragon has been designed to be reusable ("with minimal rework and fueling"), why hasn't it been, in fact, reused? We've had 6 CRS missions bringing Dragon to ISS and back home (...
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How much of SpaceX's Falcon 9 launch vehicle and Dragon capsule are 3D printed?

I know some of the components at SpaceX are manufactured using metal additive manufacturing (3D printing), but how much of the entire Falcon 9 launch vehicle or Dragon capsule is made up of printed ...
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How many Draco engines does Dragon 2/Crew Dragon possess?

I believe Dragon 2 has the same number of 400N Draco thrusters that Dragon 1 has, which is 18, but I have not seen any confirmation of this. Dragon 1 appears to have them arranged in 2 sets of 4, and ...
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Reason for different “cone angles” of different space capsules?

Here is the Cargo Dragon: And here is the Orion: The "cone" that orion makes has a large opening angle - perhaps about 70 degrees. Meanwhile, the Dragon is almost cylindrical - the opening angle is ...
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Why is Dragon the only spacecraft that is currently in use to not need a fairing for launch?

Dragon is the only spacecraft I know of currently in use that doesn't need a fairing for launch on top of a rocket. I know there are others in development or in testing like Dragon v2 and CST-100(not ...
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Who can now resupply the ISS?

There are 4 major spacecraft that can supply the ISS. Progress, Dragon, ATV, and Cygnus. Of these 4 spacecraft, only the ATV has not had an issue in the last 8 months. ATV has stated they will not ...
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How much of Dragon might have survived the explosion of CRS-7 and for how long?

At June 28th 2015, the SpaceX flight CRS-7 failed when the Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket exploded minutes after liftoff. Shotwell said twice during the press conference that Dragon capsule was transmitting ...
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What Dragon was used in May 2015 Pad Abort test?

Originally it was suggested by Elon Musk that the Dragon shown at the unveiling was the test article, or at least large components of it, to be used in the Pad Abort (May 6, 2015) and then the Max ...
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Why does SpaceX not use the Crew Dragon for CRS missions to test it?

SpaceX has the Dragon 1 (Cargo) and Dragon 2 (Crew). It unveiled Dragon 2 about 1 year ago (30 May 2014). Dragon 2 is a radical change over Dragon 1 with many parts that are untested. I would think ...
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On which flights could SpaceX test Crew Dragon powered landing with complete flight profile?

For the booster stage of Falcon 9, test landings after a full flight profile are relatively frequent. SpaceX can try those on each CRS mission to the ISS, and in theory, any other launch that wouldn't ...
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Why does SpaceX have a launch window for a pad abort test?

SpaceX has announced a pad abort test for the Dragon crew capsule on May 5th. They have a 4 hour launch window for the test. There is no destination, so why would there be a launch window in this ...
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How much payload could a manned Dragon return, if unmanned?

The first mission to the ISS by Dragonrider (and CST-100) is expected to be unmanned. That means when it returns, it will have ability to return a full cargo load. Of course, ISS payloads are often ...
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SpaceX Dragon, what's new?

On April 10, 2015, Elon Musk tweeted 2 photos of the Dragon spacecraft being prepared for the CRS-6 mission: He said "points if you notice what's new". I'm wondering what is new about this Dragon?
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Will Dragon V2 when crewed carry cargo in its trunk?

With the reveal of the Dragon V2 (Or is it Dragon 2 now? Or Dragonrider?) we saw a new trunk design where the solar panels are wrapped around the trunk instead of being deployed like wings from the ...
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Why did SpaceX choose to use Hydrazine over newer “green” propellants for Dragon 2?

Firstly, I understand the need to use hypergolics over cryogenics as part of Dragon 2's abort and landing sequence - they provide "instant on" thrust and are throttlable with very wide margins (...
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What improvements have SpaceX made to their proprietary Phenolic Impregnated Carbon Ablator (PICA-X) heat shield?

PICA-X is a SpaceX proprietary variant on the NASA Ames developed PICA (Phenolic Impregnated Carbon Ablator) heat shield material. NASA quotes decades of rigorous research, testing and development ...
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Dragon V2: How many times can the spacecraft be reused? Is the spacecraft's heat shield reusable?

I read that the Boeing CST-100 could be reused up to 10 times, but the heat shield should be changed each time. Here are my questions: How many times can the Dragon V2 be reused? Will it be reused ...
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Have any other capsules used a movable ballast system for control?

Garrett Reisman, in testimony made this comment on page 4: Additionally, a movable ballast sled allows the angle of attack to be actively controlled during entry to further provide precision ...
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Could the current dragon v2 heat shield withstand a reentry from the moon?

I wonder if the Dragon V2 heat shield could withstand the extreme speed of a reentry from the moon. Or is it only capable of LEO flights?
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How has the Dragon v2 been tested before its launch pad abort test?

Dragon of SpaceX has been very successfully tested and used. But Dragon v2 seems to be differently designed and has 8 superdraco engines. Has the v2 been drop tested from a balloon or helicopter? ...
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Why does SpaceX not label the Dragon capsules externally?

Looking at a great answer to a question about Dragons berthing orientation at the ISS which shows images of the 5 CRS Dragons berthed to the ISS one thing struck me. There looks to be no easy way to ...
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Dragon berthing - Is the orientation specific to the orbital conditions, or always the same?

When the CanadArm catches the Dragon grapple fixture and attaches/berths it to the CBM on the ISS, is the orientation of the Dragon in the berthing port fixed and the same every berthing? Or do they ...
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Can the SpaceX Dragon leave the 'trunk' in orbit?

The Chinese have accomplished quite a bit with the service module left in space following the return of their latest lunar mission. I was wondering if something similar could be done using the 'trunk' ...
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What is this structure at the SpaceX McGregor, TX test site?

After an overflight of the McGregor site, in a thread at NASA Space Flight.com someone noticed an interesting structure: The theory being presented is that the size and hexagon pattern at the top ...
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How will Dragon v2's solar panels be protected during launch on top of Falcon 9?

When Elon Musk unveiled Dragon v2 last year, we got our first truly good look at what SpaceX's crew vehicle is like. Apart from the ability to propulsively land, one of the big changes was the lack of ...
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Why will SpaceX do Pad Abort test from a truss, not a real first and second stage?

SpaceX will be doing a Pad Abort test at LC-40 in Florida for the Dragon V2 vehicle to close out the CCiCAP criteria. They will not be using a real first or second stage, instead building some kind ...