SpaceX Dragon C106

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Dragon capsule C106
SpaceX CRS-11 Dragon capsule after splashdown.jpg
C106 after post-splashdown recovery from CRS SpX-11 mission
Role Space capsule
Cargo spacecraft
National origin United States
Type Dragon CRS cargo capsule
Manufacturer SpaceX
Construction number C106
First flight CRS-4 (21 September–25 October 2014)
Last flight CRS-19 (5 December 2019 – )
Flights 3

The SpaceX Dragon C106 is a Cargo Dragon space capsule built by SpaceX.[1] It is the first reused SpaceX Dragon capsule to be reflown into space, having its second launch in 2017.[2] C106 was first used on CRS-4, and then used again for the CRS-11 and CRS-19 missions.[3] This third reuse of the spacecraft marks a milestone in SpaceX's drive to reduce space launch costs through reusing hardware.[4]

Spacecraft history[edit]

C106 was built as the sixth production Dragon capsule.[5]

This new Dragon was launched in September 2014 for the CRS-4 mission to the International Space Station (ISS). It splashed down in October 2014, and was successfully retrieved.[6][7]

To prepare for its second flight, it had its heatshield replaced while the hull, avionics, and Draco thrusters were refurbished.[8]

The refurbished Dragon was relaunched in June 2017 for the CRS-11 mission to the ISS.[9][4] It splashed down and was successfully recovered in July 2017.[10]

After undergoing another refurbishment, C106 was launched again for the CRS-19 mission. As of December 13, 2019 it remains docked to the ISS.

Flight history[edit]

C106 in free-flight approaching the International Space Station during the SpX-4 mission
C106 in free-flight after leaving the International Space Station during the SpX-11 mission
C106 flights[1][5]
Flight # Mission Launch date (UTC) Landing date (UTC) Liftoff Landing Notes
1 SpaceX CRS-4 Patch.png NASA CRS-4 21 September 2014 25 October 2014 Launch of Falcon 9 carrying SpX CRS-4 (KSC-2014-4057).jpg CRS-4 Dragon under parachute (16166753344).jpg [11]
2 SpaceX CRS-11 Patch.png NASA CRS-11 3 June 2017 3 July 2017 Launch of CRS-11 from Launch Complex 39A.jpg This was the 100th launch from Launch Pad 39A [1][12][10]
3 SpaceX CRS-19 Patch.png NASA CRS-19 5 December 2019 7 January 2020 KSC-20191205-PH-AWG06 0011.jpg

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c William Graham (1 June 2017). "Weather halts Falcon 9 mission with CRS-11 Dragon on 100th 39A launch". NASAspaceflight.com.
  2. ^ "SpaceX To Launch Reused Dragon Capsule, Land Falcon 9 At Kennedy Space Center". Brevard Times. 17 May 2017.
  3. ^ Hanneke Weitering (1 June 2017). "SpaceX to Launch 1st Reused Dragon Spacecraft Saturday: Watch It Live". Space.com.
  4. ^ a b Dana Hull; Andrea Wong (3 June 2017). "SpaceX Ferries Supplies to Orbiting Station in Reused Capsule". Bloomberg.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  5. ^ a b "First SpaceX Dragon Re-Use Mission Grounded until Saturday by Unsettled Weather". Spaceflight 101. 1 June 2017.
  6. ^ "SpaceX Completes CRS-4 Mission for NASA". SpaceX. 4 November 2014.
  7. ^ "CRS-11 Dragon Resupply Mission" (PDF). SpaceX. June 2017.
  8. ^ Emre Kelly (31 May 2017). "SpaceX, NASA ready for Falcon 9 launch with refurbished Dragon". Florida Today.
  9. ^ "SpaceX launches Chinese experiment, other supplies to space station". Xinhua. 4 June 2017.
  10. ^ a b Derek Richardson (3 July 2017). "Dragon Splashes Down in Pacific With Time-Critical Experiments". Spaceflight Insider.
  11. ^ "Dragon SpX-4 Mission Updates". Spaceflight101: Space News and Beyond. October 25, 2014. Archived from the original on 2016-01-20. Retrieved March 24, 2020.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  12. ^ "SpaceX launches ISS supply rocket". DPA. Sky News Australia. 4 June 2017.

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