Astronauts renamed SpaceX spaceship ‘Endeavour’

Each Crew Dragon crewmates flew aboard the area shuttle Endeavour.


The primary NASA astronauts to launch from the U.S. for the reason that finish of the area shuttle program have named their industrial spacecraft after one of many retired winged orbiters.

Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken revealed the title of their SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule throughout a dwell broadcast from Earth orbit, about three hours after they lifted off from NASA’s Kennedy House Heart in Florida on Saturday (Might 30).


“I do know most of you, at SpaceX particularly, realize it as ‘Capsule 206,’ however I feel all of us thought that possibly we may perform a little bit higher than that,” Hurley stated, partly addressing the crew in SpaceX’s mission management on the firm’s spacecraft and rocket meeting facility in Hawthorne, California. “So with out additional ado, we want to welcome you aboard capsule ‘Endeavour.'”



Hurley stated there have been a few the reason why he and Behnken selected the title.

“One, due to this unimaginable endeavor [that] NASA, SpaceX and america has been on for the reason that finish of the area shuttle program again in 2011,” he stated, referencing the area company’s industrial crew program that led as much as their orbital launch, the primary in 9 years from a U.S. launchpad and the first-ever by a industrial firm. 

“The opposite purpose we named it ‘Endeavour’ is a bit more private for Bob and I. We each had our first flights on shuttle Endeavour, and it simply meant a lot to us to hold on that title. So that’s what we determined to go along with,” he stated. 

Hurley’s first launch was because the pilot of the shuttle Endeavour’s 23rd mission, STS-127 in 2009. Behnken preceded him aboard the orbiter by two flights, launching as an STS-123 mission specialist the 12 months earlier.



The crew’s determination to christen their capsule continues a practice that dates again to the early U.S. area program.

“[This] is a practice that we’ve got had through the years with spacecraft going approach again to the Mercury period,” stated Hurley, “a practice that has been carried on ever since with all of our area autos.”

The unique U.S. spacemen, the Mercury astronauts, have been the primary to provide names to their capsules, starting with Alan Shepard’s “Freedom 7” (the seven being in reference to the pilots being collectively often called the “Mercury 7”). Later, the Apollo astronauts selected names for his or her spacecraft, partly to function name indicators for once they have been flying their command modules and lunar modules individually.


The primary 4 area shuttle orbiters to launch into area have been named by NASA for “sea vessels utilized in world exploration.” “Endeavour”, which was constructed to interchange the ill-fated shuttle Challenger, was named in a nationwide competitors for colleges after the HMS Endeavour, the ship that took Captain James Cook dinner on his 18th-century voyage of discovery.

The Crew Dragon Endeavour is now the third U.S. crew spacecraft to bear the title, after the retired orbiter and the Apollo 15 command module Endeavour that orbited the moon throughout the fourth moon touchdown mission in 1971. It is also the second industrial crew capsule to be named after a historic ship (by the use of the area shuttle’s namesake). 

In December 2019, NASA astronaut Suni Williams was given the respect of selecting the first title given to a CST-100 Starliner, Boeing’s industrial spacecraft that may also fly crews to the area station. Williams, who’s assigned to launch on the primary operational Starliner mission, selected “Calypso” to honor Jacques Cousteau’s ocean analysis vessel. 

%d bloggers like this: