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SpaceX's second version of the Dragon spacecraft, also called "Crew Dragon". It is designed to carry humans.

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What is SpaceX's parachute problem that NASA is concerned about in the NASA ASAP report?

The Washington Post's NASA to launch safety review of SpaceX and Boeing after video of Elon Musk smoking pot rankled agency leaders says: Earlier this year, Boeing had a propellant leak during a ...
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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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Will SpX-DM1 (Crew Dragon demo mission) carry any useful cargo (supplies)?

To adequately simulate crew transport, the Dragon 2 should at least carry mass simulators of mass equivalent to that of the astronauts. Will it? Will it be dummies or some useful cargo? Would be a ...
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What is the primary reason for SpaceX motion to have astronauts board Dragon before fueling up the rocket?

News piece: NASA supports SpaceX plan to fuel rockets with astronauts on board. The move is criticized by many as unnecessarily dangerous. From what I understand though, it shouldn't be necessary - ...
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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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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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Dragon 2 in-flight abort test - what will happen to the booster?

SpaceX is planning to do an in-flight abort test of the Dragon 2. I imagine that at max-Q the Dragon will start its own motors to fly slightly faster than the booster (and move sideways). Suddenly ...
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Plans for ISS crew to enter Crew Dragon?

Are there any plans for ISS crew to enter the Dragon V2 while it is docked during the upcoming Crew Dragon Demo 1 mission?
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Getting the SpaceX dragon crew rated

Since the Dragon craft is already pressurized why is taking it so long to get it approved to carry a crew?
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DragonFly Propulsive Testing

When is SpaceX's DragonFly propulsive landing technique likely to be demonstrated as part of a real landing, rather than the simple test shown below (from here)? What will be the key objectives for ...
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SuperDraco Engines in Crew Dragon spacecraft

How can a single spacecraft namely Crew Dragon aka Dragon V2, accommodate 8 SuperDraco thrusters along with sufficient propellant required for a precision propulsive landing and/or other such ...
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How much manual flying is done in a modern manned spacecraft?

Considering we live in an age of unmanned spacecrafts, with computers more than capable of managing everything from attitude control, burns, to docking and insanely precise powered landings; how much ...
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Will there be privacy on the Crew Dragon moon trip?

Will there be a privacy partition in the Crew Dragon during the one week trip around the moon?
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Could the Dragon 2 abort after trans-lunar injection?

Based on the data about the Dragon 2 that I can find, here are the relevant specs, from Wikipedia on Dragon 2 and on Draco engines, and their FAA filing for its pad abort test (page 8): Dry Mass: 6,...
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What limits how long spacecrafts like Orion, Dragon, Starliner can support their crews' lives?

The next generation crewed spacecrafts is about to fly in the decade of 2020. Not only those in the headline here are trying to make it, but more are being developed privately and internationally. ...
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When is the Dragon V2 abort system armed?

Or more specifically, had a Dragon V2 (uncrewed) been atop the AMOS-6 mission stage that blew up during propellant loading before a test fire would the Dragon abort system been armed and thus been ...
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How much modification would Dragon 2 or Red Dragon require to serve as a lunar lander?

How much would Dragon 2 or Red Dragon need to be changed to act as a lunar lander? What I mean is not just landing but also lifting off from the Moon's surface to a specified orbit to dock with ...
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Could SpaceX's Dragon V2 or the Boeing Starliner be upgraded to travel beyond LEO

A recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report has cast doubts on the ability of the Orion MPCV to meet its requirements on its already excessive budget. Orion has been in development since ...
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Dragon 2 Propellant Capacity

According to its wikipedia article, the Dragon 2 is powered by 8 SuperDraco engines. And according to the SuperDraco's article, each one of them can store up to 1,388kg of propellant at an Isp of 240s....
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Why not land Red Dragon on the Moon?

Musk has said that the capsule was designed to land anywhere in the solar system. As doubtful as that sound, I can't think of any reasons preventing them from landing on the Moon. Wouldn't it make ...
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Is it probable the Red Dragon will successfully land on Mars on the first try?

Today it was revealed that SpaceX has a deal with NASA to send a Red Dragon lander to Mars, launched on a Falcon Heavy, in 2018. The plan is that it will use supersonic retro-propulsion during the ...
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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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Can the US Manned vehicles (CST-100, Dragon V2) dock to a Russian vehicle?

In some ways, this is a question in general about docking port compatability. The Russians have two types of ports, and the Americans are standardizing on the NDS (NASA Docking System, sometimes ...
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Why is it even desirable for a spacecraft to land without a parachute?

In this SpaceX promotional video, they indicate their plans to land a crewed capsule without a parachute, using landing thrusters. I know that Soyuz does this too, though in combination with a landing ...
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Could a modified Dragon reach Low Earth Orbit just using SuperDraco engines?

How far could a heavily modified SpaceX Dragon capsule fly just by using its SuperDraco engines? By heavily modified i mean unmanned, unpressurized and full of mono propellant.
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How can SpaceX test SuperDracos whilst hanging off a crane?

NASASpaceFlight.com reports that the DragonFly test vehicle has arrived at McGregor, TX for testing. They discuss that the FAA is limiting them to 80 feet above ground for initial testing. That they ...
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Will a Dragon pad abort eventually land vertically or will it always be a parachute landing?

The recent SpaceX Pad Abort Test shows a parachute landing but I'm assuming a pad abort will also utilise the vertical landing capability for regular Dragon vertical landings right?
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Second Powerful Falcon Heavy for Mars, Most Powerful Saturn V for Moon?

The Apollo spacecraft, launched by Saturn V, the most powerful rocket ever build, could only take 3 man to the Moon. But how can SpaceX's Falcon Heavy, second to Saturn, take seven crew to Mars on a ...
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Will a Dragon v2 ever bring 7 astronauts to the ISS?

The Dragon v2 has 7 seats whereas the Soyuz only has 3. But the Soyuz uses all 3 seats for astronauts/cosmonauts to bring to the ISS. I suspect that Dragon v2 will bring 3-4 people to the ISS in one ...
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Does Dragon v2 only have Superdracos as an abort system?

The accepted answer to this question states that the SAS Launch Escape System of a Soyuz spacecraft is used for aborts early in the ascend phase and it has a variety of abort modes after the SAS is ...
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Can Orion (or Dragon or CST-100) be upgraded to do multiple EVA's (space walks)?

Orion is designed to support only one EVA. There's no airlock so the entire spacecraft would be evacuated of air during the space walk and then repressurized from gas flasks, with a storage enough for ...
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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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How will the Dragon 2 perform a pinpoint landing without aerodynamic controls like the F9R did?

On Friday May 6, A SpaceX Dragon capsule successfully completed a pad abort test at Kennedy Space Center. The abort test was performed by the same propulsion system that is envisioned to land Dragon 2 ...
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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 Dragon 2 abort with the trunk attached?

In the Dragon v2 abort test yesterday, it lifted off with its unpressurized trunk in tow, then ejected the trunk at apogee. Is this the real abort profile? Wouldn't it be easier to pull away without ...
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Dragon Pad Abort hot fire, how much cleanup work was needed?

The day before the Pad Abort test attempt (May 5, 2015) SpaceX test fired the SuperDraco engines in a hot fire. Similar to how they test the Falcon 9 a day or three before launch, the engines spin up ...
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Why was Dragon sent to the isolation room?

I'm asking about this photograph that was published on SpaceX Flickr photostream, which I also noticed in a few recent articles (e.g. this one) about the upcoming Crew Dragon pad abort test: SpaceX ...
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Why is the SpaceX Pad Abort test starting at ground level?

I cannot find references, but prior to the Pad Abort test, for years, it was stated or implied that the test would take place from a platform at LC-40 that would simulate the height of the first stage ...
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Could suitports on Orion/Dragon2/CST-100 make multiple EVA's available?

Suitports seem like a brilliant idea that saves lots of mass and complexity compared to an airlock, which traditionally is a dumb pressurizable gas wasting tube where the astronaut suits up. The first ...
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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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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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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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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 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 ...
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When SpaceX claims to build 4 engines/week, which engines do they mean?

In this Tweet (dated 11 Sept 2013) Peter de Selding reported that Gwynne Shotwell of SpaceX said: SpaceX's Shotwell: We're building 7 Falcon 9 fairings/yr now, 15 in 2014, & 4 engines/week ...