Commercialization A Close Look At A Crewed Dragon By Keith Cowing NASA Watch May 21, 2018 Filed under SpaceX SpaceX Crew Dragon ship in anechoic chamber for EMI testing before being sent to @NASA Plum Brook vacuum chamber pic.twitter.com/BckUBkroLw — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 21, 2018 Keith Cowing NASA Watch founder, Explorers Club Fellow, ex-NASA, Away Teams, Journalist, Space & Astrobiology, Lapsed climber. 33 responses to “A Close Look At A Crewed Dragon” ThomasLMatula says: May 21, 2018 at 6:20 pm 0 0 It looks like it’s straight out of a science fiction movie with those fins 🙂 ProfSWhiplash says: May 21, 2018 at 6:25 pm 0 0 Two doors, huh? This must be the sports coupe model. Dewey Vanderhoff says: May 21, 2018 at 11:10 pm 0 0 I believe that bottom ” door ” is actually the robot arm grapple cover . It opens for berthing. Not Invented Here says: May 22, 2018 at 3:09 am 0 0 The bottom door is for the main chute compartment, it is jettisoned when the main chute is deployed. Dragon 2 docks to the station instead of berthing, so there’s no need for grapple. Terry Stetler says: May 22, 2018 at 4:07 am 0 0 No robot arm attachment on Dragpn 2, it automatically docks using an IDA androgynous docking port under the flip-top nose cone. The panel above the side crew hatch (between the windows) is where the chutes anchor with the drogues on either side of it. The mains are behind the panel below the crew hatch, and lines run up channels on either side of said hatch. Zed_WEASEL says: May 22, 2018 at 10:09 am 0 0 The Crewed Dragon does not berthed. It docks like the Soyuz and the Space Shuttle. Michael Halpern says: May 22, 2018 at 6:59 pm 0 0 It needs the capability incase there’s a problem with docking directly Zed_WEASEL says: May 23, 2018 at 6:00 am 0 0 That is funny. The crewed Dragon does not have a CBM hatch. Jeff2Space says: May 22, 2018 at 11:41 am 0 0 This is true. I believe other equipment is exposed via opening that door as well (e.g. star seeker to determine orientation?). Pretty much anything that needs protection during launch and reentry. Bob Mahoney says: May 22, 2018 at 3:19 am 0 0 The upper door is for the civil servants; the other lower door is for the government contractors. Bob Mahoney says: May 21, 2018 at 6:40 pm 0 0 Actually, it reminds me mightily of Fireball XL-5’s deployable front end, with those stubby fins. Needs bigger windows… 🙂 http://www.aiai.ed.ac.uk/~b… ProfSWhiplash says: May 21, 2018 at 7:18 pm 0 0 I wonder if Elon ever considered XL-5’s mode of Rail-Launch! (with “Robert” as the Flight Computer) ThomasLMatula says: May 21, 2018 at 9:47 pm 0 0 Or the flying scooters for loading the crew for it 🙂 Vladislaw says: May 22, 2018 at 5:07 pm 0 0 https://uploads.disquscdn.c… ProfSWhiplash says: May 23, 2018 at 6:21 pm 0 0 https://uploads.disquscdn.c… Paul Gillett says: May 21, 2018 at 9:16 pm 0 0 You and the Prof have brought back a flood of fond memories! ed2291 says: May 22, 2018 at 12:10 am 0 0 I wish I was a spaceman,The fastest guy alive.I’d fly you round the universe, In Fireball XL-5.Way out in space together, Conquerors of the sky,My heart would be a fireball,a fireball, Every time I gazed into yourstarry eyes. We’d take a path to Jupiterand maybe very soon,We’d cruise along the Milky Way and land upon the moon.A wonderland of stardust,We’ll zoom away to Mars.My heart would be a fireball,a fireball, And you would be the Venus ofthe stars. Paul Gillett says: May 23, 2018 at 12:18 am 0 0 Darn you ed2291 (kidding), now I can’t get the tune out of my head! ed2291 says: May 22, 2018 at 12:10 am 0 0 Me too! It all came back! (See below.) Jack says: May 22, 2018 at 12:48 am 0 0 No kidding. That was my favorite TV show until Star Trek came along. space1999 says: May 22, 2018 at 4:46 pm 0 0 I don’t think I watched Fireball XL-5, but I do remember watching Supercar, Stingray, Thunderbirds, UFO, and (you guessed it) Space 1999… I loved those shows as a kid. Well, I didn’t really like Space 1999 all that much, but I think it was the only SciFi on at the time… Paul Gillett says: May 22, 2018 at 8:22 pm 0 0 Gerry Anderson’s work was unique then and still holds up well today. I’ll take it anytime over CG Animation. ThomasLMatula says: May 22, 2018 at 11:47 pm 0 0 Yes, he had a great imagination. MarcNBarrett says: May 22, 2018 at 4:28 am 0 0 Sorry, but I have nowhere else to post this, and it is awesome. SpaceX second stage to make a “pit stop”, deploy some NASA satellites, then keep going and deploy some more satellites. https://techcrunch.com/2018… Bob Mahoney says: May 22, 2018 at 4:24 pm 0 0 Very cool. But the satellite going into a lower orbit would be faster, not slower. Something somehow got scrambled up in the compressed description of the maneuvers. Let’s not forget one of the earliest such ‘space-tug-like’ operational ballets: 52 years ago Gemini X launched, rendezvoused, & then docked with its own recently launched Agena target vehicle. THEN, they used that Agena to boost themselves to a higher orbit and so enable a Gemini X rendezvous & stationkeeping with Gemini VIII’s Agena which was already in orbit. While John Young SKed to keep the two spacecraft within feet of one another, Michael Collins EVA’ed over to the second Agena and recovered a micrometeoroid package. The forgotten program between John Glenn & Neil Armstrong. More bold needed today, please. MarcNBarrett says: May 22, 2018 at 6:19 pm 0 0 I have long maintained that Gemini is proof that we went to the moon. It shouldn’t be any surprise that most of the people who think the moon landings were faked also have never heard of Gemini and don’t know anything about it. Once you understand everything about Gemini, faking Apollo makes no sense. Bob Mahoney says: May 22, 2018 at 9:27 pm 0 0 Oh, sure it does…if you faked Gemini, too. Sigh. Paul Gillett says: May 22, 2018 at 8:29 pm 0 0 Gemini was the true “hero” of the 60’s manned space program. 10 manned flights in just 18 months; with each one having a specific goal(s). Now it takes the better part of a decade just to get a new government program onto the pad! George Purcell says: May 22, 2018 at 12:00 pm 0 0 Looks like a Mk. 2 capsule on top of a SC-9001 Science Jr. with some little fins due to an unfortunate event at main booster separation during the first test flight. space1999 says: May 22, 2018 at 4:52 pm 0 0 The segmented skin on the service module is kind of odd… wonder why they did that. BeanCounterFromDownUnder says: May 23, 2018 at 11:41 am 0 0 Solar cells? space1999 says: May 23, 2018 at 7:22 pm 0 0 Yep, that was my best guess too after I saw pictures of the new trunk with the solar cells… but curious that they weren’t actually installed for the test. Saiboogu says: May 23, 2018 at 7:20 pm 0 0 One side of the trunk is wrapped in solar panels, the other is the thermal radiator. I’m assuming the visible panels are the radiator panels.