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Using Dragon and Polaris Dawn to dock with near Earth asteroids

Michael MacAskill's answer has talked of limitations of Dragon and the SpaceX space suits, but there is a separate issue with achieving intercept. Near Earth Objects have broadly similar orbits to ...
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Using Dragon and Polaris Dawn to dock with near Earth asteroids

You might be over-estimating the significance of these new EVA suits. They are designed to provide brief protection to exposure to full vacuum. The advance on the previous SpaceX intra-vehicular suits ...
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If Crew Dragon can dock autonomously, why is there a crew aboard when they change from docking port to another?

Every ISS crew member must always have a seat on a lifeboat available at any time. I'm pretty sure this is dictated by ISS Flight Rules, and I'm pretty sure there are members here that have access to ...
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If Crew Dragon can dock autonomously, why is there a crew aboard when they change from docking port to another?

If the capsule were to fail to autonomously redock successfully, the crew would not be able to use it to return to Earth. Therefore, the crew rides in the capsule so that if does not redock ...
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