SpaceX stops manufacturing Crew Dragon manned capsules

The ad makes sense: SpaceX has just announced that it will immediately stop manufacturing capsules Crew Dragon. So there will be no successors to Endeavour, Resilience, Endurance and Freedom, which is no surprise given that these capsules are reusable and SpaceX flights are by far the most reliable in the entire space industry. aerospace.

SpaceX Crew Dragon

Freedom will therefore be the last Crew Dragon capsule to leave the SpaceX workshops. The latter will ferry NASA astronauts Kjell Lindgren (commander), Bob Hines and Jessica Watkins, as well as European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti to the ISS during the mission. Crew-4.

The reuse of launchers (Falcon 9, tomorrow Starship) and capsules being at the very heart of SpaceX’s economic model, stopping production saves human resources and money to accelerate the company’s other projects. private space firm. Note that each of the capsules will be used for a well-targeted use, ie a Crew-Dragon for the ISS, another for space tourism, another under review and another still in preparation.

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