SpaceX is gearing up for one of its toughest mission to date. Till now, SpaceX launched a lot of successful missions. But its upcoming next mission, Demo 2 will be a landmark point for the company. SpaceX is all set to send two astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken to the International Space Station (ISS) using its Crew Dragon capsule.
Demo 2 mission is scheduled to launch on May 27, at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The mission will use SpaceX’s most powerful SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rockets. It is 26.7 feet tall and 13 feet wide and weighs 13,200 pounds (~6,000 kg).
It can accommodate up to seven astronauts and can last up to 10 flights before it requires a complete revamp. There are environmental sensors inside the capsule that could be used by astronauts to control the temperature. The capsule also contains thrusters for maneuvering. The spacecraft is designed to autonomously dock with the space station.
The capsule has two sections–a pressurized section that can carry both people and environmentally sensitive cargo, and a trunk. The trunk can carry unpressurized cargo and equip with solar arrays. It remains attached to the capsule until reentry into Earth’s atmosphere.
It is the first crew mission from NASA since 2011. As of now, SpaceX depends on the Russian Space Agency to send astronauts to the ISS. Demo-2 is the second flight to the ISS for crew Dragon. In 2019, SpaceX launched an uncrewed test flight to the ISS called Demo-1.