Crew Dragon Demo-2

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Crew Dragon Demo-2
Operator
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft typeCrew Dragon C206
ManufacturerSpaceX
Crew
Crew size2
MembersDouglas G. Hurley
Robert L. Behnken
Start of mission
Launch dateApril 2020[1]
RocketFalcon 9 Block 5
Launch siteKennedy Space Center, LC-39A
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
RegimeLow Earth
Inclination51.6°
Docking with ISS
Time docked8 days
Crew Dragon Demo-2 Patch.png SpaceX DM-2 Crew.jpg 

Crew Dragon Demo-2, officially known as SpaceX Demo-2 and Crew Demo-2, will be the first crewed test flight of SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft.[2]

Crew[edit]

Prime crew
Position Astronaut
Commander United States Douglas G. Hurley, NASA
Third spaceflight
Pilot United States Robert L. Behnken, NASA
Third spaceflight
Bob Behnken and Douglas Hurley were announced as the crew on 3 August 2018.[3]
Backup crew
Position[4] Astronaut
Commander United States Michael S. Hopkins, NASA
Second spaceflight
Pilot United States Victor J. Glover, NASA
First spaceflight

Mission[edit]

The Demo-2 mission was originally planned for launch in July 2019 as part of the Commercial Crew Development contract[5] with a crew of two on a 14-day test mission to the International Space Station (ISS).[3] It is expected to be the first American spacecraft to fly crew into orbit since STS-135 in July 2011.[6] It would also be the first two-person American orbital spaceflight since STS-4 in June 1982. Depending on the success of their respective test programs, this honor should go to the SpaceX Crew Dragon.[7][8]

On April 20, 2019, the Crew Dragon capsule from the Demo-1 mission was destroyed during static fire testing of its SuperDraco thrusters, ahead of its planned use for an in-flight abort test.[9][10] SpaceX traced the cause of the static fire anomaly to a valve that leaked propellant into high pressure helium lines.

On 19 January 2020, a Crew Dragon capsule successfully completed an in-flight abort test.[11] The Demo-2 mission could now launch as early as April 2020.[12] NASA is considering extending the duration of the mission, enabling it to perform a standard crew rotation.[6]

Insignia[edit]

The mission insignia was designed by Andrew Nyberg, an artist from Brainerd, Minnesota. Nyberg is a nephew of Hurley.[13]

See also[edit]

  • Boe-CFT, Boeing's first crewed mission of their capsule

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://spaceflightnow.com/2020/01/17/falcon-9-crew-dragon-in-flight-abort-test-mission-status-center/
  2. ^ "Upcoming Missions". spacexnow.com.
  3. ^ a b Lewis, Marie (3 August 2018). "Meet the Astronauts Flying SpaceX's Demo-2". Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  4. ^ https://twitter.com/Commercial_Crew/status/1116404828656291840
  5. ^ "NASA's Commercial Crew Program Target Test Flight Dates". February 6, 2019. Retrieved February 6, 2019.
  6. ^ a b Baylor, Michael (October 23, 2019). "SpaceX's Crew Dragon set for important test campaign". NASASpaceFlight.com.
  7. ^ https://spaceflightnow.com/launch-schedule/
  8. ^ https://blogs.nasa.gov/commercialcrew/
  9. ^ Baylor, Michael (April 20, 2019). "SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft suffers an anomaly during static fire testing at Cape Canaveral – NASASpaceFlight.com". NASASpaceFlight.com.
  10. ^ Berger, Eric (May 2, 2019). "Dragon was destroyed just before the firing of its SuperDraco thrusters". Ars Technica.
  11. ^ https://spaceflightnow.com/2020/01/17/falcon-9-crew-dragon-in-flight-abort-test-mission-status-center/
  12. ^ https://spaceflightnow.com/2020/01/17/falcon-9-crew-dragon-in-flight-abort-test-mission-status-center/
  13. ^ Murray, Robb. "Mankato native designed patch for upcoming NASA mission to the International Space Station". Mankato Free Press. Retrieved 14 November 2019.