SpaceX suspends development of futuristic Crew Dragon capsule
Space shuttle maker SpaceX suspends is suspending the production of Crew Dragon capsules. In anticipation of expanding more development efforts on their upcoming Starship rocket. Existing Crew Dragon capsules will remain at four total for SpaceX, with the final and final iteration still under development.
SpaceX won’t build full human spaceships but will continue to manufacture various parts and components for the still-existing models. At the forefront of its production restructuring is the Mars rocket. The Moon spacecraft, which remain the focus of SpaceX’s main mission.
The president of SpaceX, told Reuters on Monday, March 28, about the upcoming axis of rotation. While the plans are based solely on increasing Starship production support. Shotwell emphasizes that “fleet management is key”. That more bullets can be developed later if needed. She speaks:
“We’re finishing up our final (capsule), but we’re still producing the components, as we’re going to be refurbishing.”
Crew Dragons has long been the pinnacle of spaceflight reusability since 2020. A total of five missions have proven the capsule’s worth, much of it reflected in NASA’s use of the capsule.
They transport astronauts to the International Space Station. In February, NASA ordered six more Crew Dragon missions on top of the previous three, totaling $3.5 billion for SpaceX’s Commercial Crew Capability (CCtCap) contract.
The estimated cost of a flight under NASA’s involvement is about $255 million. SpaceX even performed a three-day private flight. Around Earth orbit with the participation of a total of 4 passengers. The main among them being billionaire businessman Jared Isaacman, on Inspiration4. Due to some problems with Boeing’s Starliner, the company failed on the aforementioned six missions that NASA ordered in February.
Likewise, there are a total of four separate missions planned for Crew Dragon, the first of which is scheduled. For April via mission Ax-1. This private astronaut mission will take four businessmen. To the ISS to undergo some scientific research under the guise of Axiom.
The head of SpaceX suspends , Elon Musk, retweeted in a March 21 Tweet. That the company is seeing May as a potential date for Starship orbital flight tests.
The company has maintained an aspirational stance on technological innovation and the element. Of reuse in its manufacturing, with Starship at the forefront of Musk’s efforts to colonize Mars.
However, it must first comply with the Federal Aviation Administration’s ongoing regulatory approvals before it can perform any launches or tests.
Starship will also be marked as a NASA cohort in the Artemis program. In which it will send astronauts to the moon. The Artemis III mission won’t be fully launched until at least 2025 but marks SpaceX. As a valuable companion in the race for the stars.
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