NASA and SpaceX are on Track to Saturday Unmanned Crew Dragon Test Flight

SpaceX and Tesla are no track for a Saturday, March 2nd unmanned crewed dragon test flight.

New Flight Planning Dates

SpaceX Demo-1 (uncrewed): March 2, 2019
Boeing Orbital Flight Test (uncrewed): NET April 2019
Boeing Pad Abort Test: NET May 2019
SpaceX In-Flight Abort Test: June 2019
SpaceX Demo-2 (crewed): July 2019
Boeing Crew Flight Test (crewed): NET August 2019

Crew Dragon Capabilities, Specs and Engines

The SpaceX Dragon 2 will be partly reusable. SpaceX expects ten flights are possible before significant vehicle refurbishing is needed.

It will have a payload capacity of 3,307 kilograms (7,291 lb) Cargo Dragon 2. It will be able to carry seven astronauts.

It will use four main parachutes for water landing when returning from space.

SpaceX could develop propulsive landing using the SuperDraco engines. However, propulsive landing capability has not been funded and there is no current plan to use rockets on the return.

The Dragon 2 has a SpaceX-developed SPAM backshell and an updated third-generation PICA-X heat shield.

SOURCES- NASA, Twitter, SpaceX, Wikipedia

Written By Brian Wang