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Reusable[edit]

Is this capsule reusable? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 84.63.77.142 (talk) 17:47, 25 February 2017 (UTC)

No, it's not reusable. Elon Musk was asked in October 2014 what his plans are for a reusable second stage (i.e., Dragon); you can watch his answer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PULkWGHeIQQ&t=419. Essentially: In many missions (i.e. from a geostationary orbit, 36,000 km from Earth), using the current technology, getting the upper stage back is "really difficult". But the next generation of (much bigger) rockets will be designed for full reusability, because those are the ones that will be going to Mars and back many times. He believes (at the time of the video, 2014) that testing of those could begin around 2019 or 2020. But watch his answer, it's only 2 minutes long. --Jhertel (talk) 12:25, 26 February 2017 (UTC)
"...reusable second stage (i.e. Dragon)" You are confusing Dragon (payload) and 2nd stage. Dragon capsule is designed for both reentry and reusability. They even designed the heatshield for multiple uses before replacement. Only the trunk and nosecone are expended. --IanOsgood (talk) 17:00, 26 February 2017 (UTC)
Thank you for correcting me! --Jhertel (talk) 17:45, 26 February 2017 (UTC)

Dragon 2 Cargo name and usage[edit]

http://www.spacex.com/news/2017/02/27/spacex-send-privately-crewed-dragon-spacecraft-beyond-moon-next-year quotes Elon as saying:

"SpaceX is currently contracted to perform an average of four Dragon 2 missions to the ISS per year, three carrying cargo and one carrying crew."

While it doesn't clear up the naming issue, it does clear up that cargo flights to the ISS are going to use a Dragon 2-based capsule. Greg (talk) 01:24, 28 February 2017 (UTC)