As of June 2018, Dragon 2 was scheduled to carry its first crew of two NASA astronauts on a 14-day test flight mission to the ISS in 17 January 2019. Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner was originally was planning first astronauts in November 2018 but NASA said the Boeing launch is now likely to occur in 2019 or 2020.
The new helium bottles are composite overwrapped pressure vessels (COPVs). They store cold helium at high pressures for injection into the rocket’s propellant tanks. Various redesigns were needed for handling the frozen helium and liquid oxygen because of SpaceX accidents.
Crew Dragon has an advanced emergency escape system (which was tested in the spring of 2015) to swiftly carry astronauts to safety if something were to go wrong, experiencing about the same G-forces as a ride at Disneyland.
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