SpaceX's Dragon

America's Next Generation Spacecraft

Erik Seedhouse

SpaceX's Dragon: America's Next Generation Spacecraft In May 2014 SpaceX CEO, Elon Musk, presented the spaceship that will carry NASA astronauts to the International Space Station as soon as 2016. Dragon V2 is a futuristic vehicle that not only provides a means for NASA to transport its astronauts to the orbiting outpost but also advances SpaceX's core objective of reusability. Dragon V2, which is a direct descendant of Dragon , can be retrieved, refurbished and re-launched. It is a spacecraft with the potential to completely revolutionize the economics of an industry where equipment costing hundreds of millions of dollars is routinely discarded after a single use.

SpaceX's Dragon - America's next Generation Spacecraft describes the extraordinary feats of engineering and human achievement that have placed this revolutionary spacecraft at the forefront of the launch industry and positioned it as the precursor for ultimately transporting humans to Mars. It describes the design and development of Dragon, provides mission highlights of the first six Commercial Resupply Missions, and explains how Musk hopes to eventually colonize Mars.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
About the Author
Acronyms
Foreword


1. SpaceX
2. Commercial Crew Programs
3. Dragon Design, Development, and Test
4. Dragon at the International Space Station
5. Dragon Delivers
6. NASA's Crewed Development Program
7. DragonLab
8. Preparing for Crew: Dragon V2
9. Red Dragons, Ice Dragons, and the Mars Colonial Transporter


Appendix I: Dragon C2/3 Cargo Manifest
Appendix II: DragonLabTM
Appendix III: CRS1 Manifest
Appendix IV: CRS2 Manifest
Appendix V: Cargo Upmass and Downmass for CRS Flights 3,4, 5 and 6
Appendix VI: Falcon 9 v1.1 Specifications


Extent: 188 pages, Black and white/colour images integrated with text
Binding: Paperback
Published: 2015
ISBN: 978-3-319-21514-3



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