Dragon is a free-flying spacecraft designed to ship each cargo and folks to orbiting locations. It’s the solely spacecraft presently flying that’s able to returning important quantities of cargo to Earth. At present Dragon carries cargo to area, nevertheless it was designed from the start to hold people.
The primary demonstration flight underneath NASA’s Business Crew Program launched on March 2, 2019 at 2:49 a.m. ET. The Dragon spacecraft efficiently docked with the area station forward of schedule at 6:02 a.m. ET on March 3, 2019, changing into the primary American spacecraft in historical past to autonomously dock with the Worldwide House Station.
The Dragon spacecraft is able to carrying as much as 7 passengers to and from Earth orbit, and past. The pressurized part of the capsule is designed to hold each individuals and environmentally delicate cargo. In the direction of the bottom of the capsule and contained inside the nostril cone are the Draco thrusters, which permit for orbital maneuvering.
Dragon’s trunk not solely carries unpressurized cargo but in addition helps the spacecraft throughout ascent. The trunk stays connected to Dragon till shortly earlier than reentry into Earth’s ambiance.