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SpaceX Ending Production Of Flagship Crew Dragon Capsule, Says Executive: Latest Update

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SpaceX Ending Production Of Flagship Crew Dragon Capsule, Says Executive

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According to Reuters, SpaceX has stopped producing new Crew Dragon crew capsules as Elon Musk’s space transportation company focuses its resources on its next-generation spaceship development.

The fact that the fleet will be limited to four Crew Dragons adds to the urgency of developing the astronaut capsule’s eventual successor, SpaceX‘s moon and Mars rocket, Starship. The launch of the Starship has been delayed for months due to engine development issues and regulatory approvals.

It also introduces new hurdles as the corporation learns how to manage a fleet and quickly resolve unexpected issues without disrupting an astronaut’s mission timetable.

Since 2020, when it launched its first pair of NASA astronauts and became the US space agency’s primary vehicle for delivering humans to and from the International Space Station, Crew Dragon has flown five crews of government and private astronauts to space.

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After each mission, the capsules are returned to SpaceX’s “Dragonland” facilities in Florida for repair. “We’re finalizing our final (capsule), but we’re still manufacturing components because we’ll be refurbishing,” SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell told Reuters, confirming the company’s plan to stop producing the Crew Dragon.

She went on to say that SpaceX would keep the potential to produce more capsules in the future if the need arose, but that “fleet management is critical.” Musk’s business model is based on reusable spacecraft, therefore it was only a matter of time before the company stopped producing them.

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However, neither the timeframe nor his strategy of deploying the existing fleet to complete its backlog of missions was known. “There are lifetime cycle difficulties, where once you start using it for the third, fourth, or fifth time, you start finding other things,” said Garrett Reisman, a retired NASA astronaut, and former SpaceX executive who now advises the business on human spaceflight issues.

“SpaceX is pretty effective about discovering these issues quickly and then responding rapidly to correct them,” Reisman said, citing a 2021 investigation in which SpaceX detected and fixed a toilet leak aboard a Crew Dragon capsule that had flown humans in less than a month.

NASA has paid SpaceX $3.5 billion (approximately Rs. 26642.35 crores) to assist develop and testing Crew Dragon for six missions to the International Space Station.

It added three more voyages to compensate for Boeing Co.’s Starliner capsule delays. Under a NASA contract, SpaceX has flown four astronaut crews to the International Space Station for a total cost of $255 million (approximately Rs. 1941.085 crores) per voyage.

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Last year, the business completed a wholly private voyage in Earth orbit with four passengers, including a millionaire entrepreneur who funded the flight.

Axiom Space, a Houston-based space station function Object() { [native code] } and spaceflight manager, is planning at least four additional private astronaut missions aboard Crew Dragon, the first of which is scheduled for April.

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