According to foreign media reports, SpaceX, an aerospace launch service provider and equipment manufacturer, and NASA are currently evaluating crew dragon 2, which is responsible for the manned commercial mission of the international space station (ISS) under the agency's DM-2 mission. It is reported that the manned dragon 2 spacecraft is currently in its final evaluation stage. According to NASA's statement, the spaceship will splash down on earth on August 2.
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Nevertheless, following the meeting of the Aviation Advisory Group (ASAP) NASA earlier today (23 July local time), it can be ascertained that the DM-2 mission will not be the last mission of the current Dragon 2 docking with ISS.
NASA's Thomas burgardt reported on social media that after the asap meeting, Nasa decided to use the demo-2 capsule under test again. As part of the commercial manned program (CCP), the spacecraft will carry NASA and international astronauts to ISS, through which NASA will act as a contractor rather than a service provider, the first time in the history of a commercial spacecraft to perform these missions.
In addition, detailed information shows that dragon boat No. 2, serial number C206, will be part of NASA's crew-2 mission to ISS. This will be the second task under the CCP plan. The first task is called crew-1. For crew-1, SpaceX and NASA will use the new dragon 2 spacecraft and Falcon 9 booster named b1061.
Falcon 9 B1061 will be the second component of the Crew-2. NASA and SpaceX agreed to reuse the spacecraft and booster series after modifying the contract with the company. This change, officially known as Modification 78--, has improved the duration of DM-2 missions, provided authorization for space force training missions and allowed the reuse of the above components.
According to unconfirmed reports, NASA and SpaceX will launch the C207 capsule of dragon 2 spacecraft to ISS for crew-2 mission after C206 returns from ISS. Although the Falcon 9 b1061 booster has arrived in Florida for pre flight preparation, neither SpaceX nor NASA have confirmed that other variants of C207 or dragon 2 will perform the same mission.
Crew-1 will fly to ISS in mid September if the splash down can be completed as scheduled on August 2 and NASA meets its own set assessment and turnaround time. Clearly, reusing boosters and spacecraft for manned missions carries its own risks, so NASA and SpaceX will work together to ensure that astronauts are in the safest possible hands.
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