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9 Jan 2020, 13:00 UTC
Crew Dragon
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The Crew Demo-2 was planned for launch in July 2019 as part of the Commercial Crew Development contract with a crew of two on a 14-day test mission to the International Space Station (ISS). It is expected to be the first American spacecraft to fly crew into orbit since STS-135 in July 2011, though depending on the success of their respective test programs this honor could go to the crewed flight test of the Boeing Starliner.
On April 20, 2019, the Crew Dragon capsule from the Demo-1 mission was destroyed during static fire testing of its SuperDraco thrusters, ahead of its planned use for an inflight abort test. SpaceX traced the cause of the static fire anomaly to a valve that leaked propellant into high pressure helium lines. As of October 23, 2019, a new static fire test is expected to take place in early November, to be followed by a drop test campaign to qualify the upgraded parachute system. If all tests are successful, the Demo-2 mission could take place during the first quarter of 2020. NASA is considering extending the duration of the mission, enabling it to perform a standard crew rotation.
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