SpaceX is building up for a large-scale milestones.
Elon Musk's company aims to remove its first exhibition mission from its Crew Dragon capsule to the International Space Station (ISS) on March 2.
This flight, known as Demo-1, will not be spent. But if everything goes well, Crew Dragon is likely to have characteristics to and from the orbiting lab for the first time this summer. [Take a Walk Through SpaceX’s Crew Dragon]
Here is what you need to find about Crew Dragon, Demo-1 and the future of the future short-term spatial space.
What is Crew Dragon?
SpaceX is developing Crew Dragon under a multi-annual commercial team contract with NASA. The agency signed a similar deal with Boeing, who works on a document called the CST-100 Starliner.
The goal is to restore human space back to the US. American astronauts depended on Russian Soyuz rockets and spaceships to come from and from the ISS from July 2011, when NASA left its space spacecraft.
NASA got a lot of money to his Russian colleagues, Roscosmos, as a result; Soyuz's third spacecraft seats currently sell about $ 80 million.
Crew Dragon will take place in SpaceX's core of Falcon 9, a two-step drive that is capable of rehabilitating at first stage. Starliner, scheduled to make its unusual virgin fly to the ISS sometime in April, will be spoiled by the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rockets that can not be reused.
How is it different from Cargo Dragon
Crew Dragon is a modification, an upgrade of the Dragon Robotic SpaceX freight capsule, which was flying non-quote quiz to the ISS under a different NASA contract since 2012.
There are many Related features by Crew Dragon are not robotic cricket – for example, seats (seven of them), windows, fancy touch screen displays, life support system and escape system. The escape system, which is designed to get Crew Dragon in a precarious way to launch an emergency, eight SpaceX SuperDraco engines built into the capital body.
There are also other important differences between the two vehicles. For example Dragon has a usable solar suspension, but Crew Dragon solar panels cover the spacecraft stock and no action is required to activate them.
The two Dragon Dragons are supposed to be reusable, and SpaceX has already reimbursed some of the freight craft on ISS missions. But each Crew Dragon will not accept individual ISS missions for NASA, at least not, did not represent SpaceX representatives
What will Demo-1 do?
(VideoProviderTag | JwplaDemo-1 will be launched from the Complex 39A Historic Launch at NASA Kennedy Space Space in Florida. SpaceX focuses on March 2 for the lift, although that date is far from set in stone.
The mission is designed to test almost all of Crew Dragon's critical equipment, for their automated approach and to appliance to its support and re-entry systems. SpaceX personnel will monitor the performance of the systems Carefully during the missions about 2 weeks, ending with a splashdown in the Ocean Ocean  But the Earth's successful return to Crew Dragon's willingness to transport the team will not return. SpaceX will test "flight injury" Along with the capsule in June, to ensure that the escape system is working properly.
If the thing goes well with both Then, Demo-2 will be cleaned for construction. That mission, which could be launched as early as July, NASA Bob Behnken and Douglas Hurley astronauts will accept the ISS for a stay during the week.
Missing operational teams to the orbiting lab for NASA would successfully complete Demo-2
Prelude to Starship?
If SpaceX's vision does not fly, Crew Dragon does not fly too long – and there will be no Dragon or Falcon 9 cargo and Falcon Heavy rockets.
SpaceX is building a new six space space system, with a 100-passenger spacecraft known as Starship and a huge rocket called Super Heavy. The reusable challenge will bring people to Mars, the moon and distant destinations, Musk said, and will do whatever else he wants on SpaceX, from installing satellites to clear the space junk.
Starship and Super Heavy also have some work closer to the Earth's surface, and ferry users turn points to point points fast across the globe.
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