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SpaceX cargo capsule for lifting payloads to orbit. Launched on a Falcon 9 rocket. Use [dragon-v2] for the Crew Dragon version of this project.

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Crew Dragon: How thick is the skin?

Auto body panels are about 20-gauge, or just under 1 mm thick. This is fine for many reasons: thin panels are light for good fuel economy and crumple easily for shock absorption without unnecessary ...
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SpaceX Dragon Shape: Power Series, Ellipsoid, or Haack/Von Karman?

The SpaceX Dragon module has a round apex typical of power series, ellipsoid, and Haack/Von Karman shapes. I'm wondering which of these SpaceX actually used. References would be appreciated. My guess ...
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When docked, do Dragon solar panels contribute to ISS mains power?

What it says on the tin. Does a docked Dragon trunk section contribute to the ISS's batteries? I'm aware it would probably be minimal though due to orientation and occlusion of the panels, and when ...
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How does the SpaceX Dragon nosecone separate?

SpaceX's Dragon uses a nosecone to protect the docking port during ascent. The nosecone seems very large. 1/3 of the capsule's height large. And yet, it separates while the second stage engine is ...
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Is there video from the Falcon second stage of the Dragon solar panels deploying?

We get video from the second stage of the Dragon leaving the second stage. And we get video from the Dragon of its solar panels deploying. But a cool view would be of the Dragon's solar panels ...
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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 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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Apparent close encounter of Inspiration4: Is the airspace cleared for returning spacecraft?

In the recording of the SpaceX live-stream covering the return of the Inspiration4 crew one can see an aircraft cross path with the capsule at 22:59:58. This image is a frame grab of the scene seen ...
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Dragon launch escape: roll control?

Dragon’s four superdraco pods are positioned well for pitch and yaw control, but not for roll control. So I’m wondering how they’ll control for roll during launch escape—or if they’ll even control for ...
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Why was the SpaceX Demo 2 spashdown livestream so devoid of visuals?

Today's successful splashdown was tremendously boring compared to what we are used to from SpaceX launches. The mission statistics, the timeline, inner cockpit, etc was not shown during the telecast. ...
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How much do Dragon’s propellant tanks weigh?

I’m trying to figure out how much dragon xl might weigh, and I would like to approximate how much tank weight gets added per kilogram of extra propellant. I asked About how much do hydrazine/N2O4 ...
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Will a Cygnus and Dragon be on station at the same time in April 2019?

According to the launch schedule at the moment I looked (which is of course only a snapshot in time) there is a Cygnus mission (NG-11) scheduled for Apr 17, 2019. There is a SpaceX Dragon Cargo ...
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Does naming cargo space craft indicate intentions?

ESA committed to launching 5 ATV vehicles. All 5 were named. JAXA has committed to a limited number of HTV launches. And all have been named. Orbital has contracted for 8 launches, and seems to be ...
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