SpaceX will stop production of the new Crew Dragon vehicle after it finishes manufacturing its fourth and final capsule, according to Reuters. After the news was confirmed, Elon Musk’s private space company told the outlet that it would continue to produce components for the spacecraft and that it would reserve the ability to manufacture additional Crew Dragon capsules should something come up.
Due to the reusable nature of the Crew Dragon, it has always been assumed that SpaceX will produce a limited number of spacecraft, but before today it was not known how many capsules the company plans to make before moving on to other projects.
since to First manned flight in 2020Crew Dragon flew five crews into space, including the first ever all civilians One at the end of last year. As part of its ongoing Commercial Crew program, NASA planned to use a Space X capsule to transport astronauts to the International Space Station via six separate missions, but recently He said The aircraft will be used for up to three more flights due to delays associated with Boeing aircraft Starliner Craft.
The end of Crew Dragon manufacturing comes as SpaceX looks to have its next generation of certified, reusable, heavy-duty rocket spacecraft in operation. The spacecraft is an essential part of all SpaceX plans that include the moon and Mars. After a little delay, Elon Musk recently He said The company had hoped to conduct the Starship’s first orbital test in May.
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