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Crew Dragon

Transporting astronauts to the International Space Station

Vehicle lead
First flight
2 March 2019
Current status
NASA certification

Crew Dragon is a spacecraft that will ferry astronauts to the International Space Station. When the space shuttles retired in 2011, Russia’s Soyuz rocket and capsule became the only way for astronauts to access the ISS. SpaceX’s Crew Dragon and Boeing’s Starliner vehicles are the culmination of a NASA plan to return that capability to the United States.

In 2008, NASA awarded contracts to SpaceX and Orbital Sciences Corporation (now Northrop Grumman) for station cargo transportation, followed by crew vehicle contracts to SpaceX, Boeing, and Sierra Nevada Corporation in 2012. Crew Dragon successfully completed its first demo flight to the International Space Station, without astronauts aboard, in March 2019. The first crewed flight could happen could happen as early as July, but is more likely to occur later in the year.

Crew Dragon departs ISS


Crew Dragon departs ISS
Crew Dragon backs away from the International Space Station during its Demo-1 mission, following undocking on 8 March at 02:32 EST.

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SpaceX Crew Dragon


SpaceX Crew Dragon
The SpaceX Crew Dragon ahead of its uncrewed 2019 test flight.

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