SpaceX stops production of Crew Dragon spacecraft


The American company SpaceX stops the production of reusable capsules Crew Dragon. Now she will focus her efforts on the creation of the next generation spacecraft - Starship, necessary for flights to the Moon and Mars. SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell said this on March 28 in an interview with Reuters.


Ms. Shotwell said that the Crew Dragon fleet will be limited to four units, since it is simply pointless to keep more. The company will keep it in good condition and, if necessary, will be able to produce additional quantities of capsules.

We are finishing our last capsule, but we are still producing components because we will be refurbishing them.

Shotwell said.

She emphasized that fleet management is of key importance. SpaceX is learning to maintain a fleet and quickly resolve problems that arise without disrupting a busy mission schedule.

The agency noted that after each flight, the capsules undergo repairs at SpaceX facilities in Florida, which the company calls Dragonland. Crew Dragon capsules have delivered five crews of government astronauts and private tourists into space since 2020, becoming NASA's primary vehicle for transporting people to and from the ISS. That's four astronaut crews on the ISS under a NASA contract for about $255 million per flight and an all-private mission in 2021 with four tourists, including a billionaire entrepreneur who funded the event, a three-day trip in low Earth orbit.

In addition, four more private Crew Dragon missions are planned with Houston-based Axiom Space. Moreover, the first Ax-1 mission should take place in April this year, when four people will go to the ISS.

The debut launch of Starship was repeatedly postponed due to obstacles in the development of the engine and regulatory reviews, summed up the US media.
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  1. Mish Offline Mish
    Mish (Misha) 29 March 2022 19: 36
    +4
    255 million per flight? I remember the Union cost 80 million
    1. Mikhail Novikov Offline Mikhail Novikov
      Mikhail Novikov (Mikhail Novikov) 29 March 2022 20: 30
      +3
      As they like to say in the West, "this is different." That is, under the cut.
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  2. Konstantin Gromov (Konstantin Konstantin) 29 March 2022 21: 06
    0
    I didn’t quite understand something, they haven’t really flown into orbit yet, but have they already swung at Mars? Blimey!
    1. 1_2 Offline 1_2
      1_2 (Ducks are flying) 29 March 2022 23: 19
      +3
      State Department clowns think that this bullshit will be able to raise the authority of the country, they want to again breed the planet as they once did with a fake "flight" to the moon
  3. Awaz Offline Awaz
    Awaz (Walery) 29 March 2022 21: 13
    -5
    If they give money, so as not to cut it off ... And since Roskosmos has been completely squeezed out of commercial launches, now Musk will row the loot not even with shovels and we will soon find out how much it really costs to fly with him and not those false statements that his rockets the cheapest ..
  4. 1_2 Offline 1_2
    1_2 (Ducks are flying) 29 March 2022 23: 16
    +3
    well, the ISS will soon be flooded, there will be nowhere to deliver astronauts)
  5. dub0vitsky Offline dub0vitsky
    dub0vitsky (Victor) 30 March 2022 12: 14
    +1
    Quote: Konstantin Gromov
    I didn’t quite understand something, they haven’t really flown into orbit yet, but have they already swung at Mars? Blimey!

    You do not understand because you do not play preference and do not know its rules. You need to ALL THE TIME raise the stakes. No one will play with you on the old ones, and you will either fly out of the game or go down to the wall game. The loot for this crook is flowing like a river just because. what he promises, promises, promises ..... Of course, with him in the share of those on which the allocation of dough from the budget depends. ONLY FAME, AT ANY COST!.... Half a year of silent work on mastered ships, and the power tap will be shut off. Take a look at all. to how idols are created. Now we have. SCANDAL. Naked ass. Scuffle. Litigation with a lover / mistress. Constant flickering on screens, in the press, on the Internet, in social networks.
  6. Bulanov Offline Bulanov
    Bulanov (Vladimir) 30 March 2022 14: 28
    +2
    Soon Biden will cover up the victorious movement of the dollar in the world and Musk will have a hard time.
  7. Old Skeptic Offline Old Skeptic
    Old Skeptic (Old Skeptic) 30 March 2022 21: 11
    +1
    Mask, dropped the mask. Long live the new mask.
  8. oberon2000oberon (Evgeny Tikhonov) 31 March 2022 18: 30
    0
    That is, again - viva "Unions"? laughing
  9. akm8226 Offline akm8226
    akm8226 April 2 2022 20: 41
    +1
    Wunderwaffle did not live up to expectations? I remember that the liberals jumped out of their pants in a squeal, they say, right now, our Elon Musk will show you how to build ships !! And what? )))) And where?))))
    Rzhunimagu, as my beloved son used to say at the age of 10.))))))
  10. Vladimir_12 Offline Vladimir_12
    Vladimir_12 (Vladimir Dushechkin) April 5 2022 15: 18
    0
    Quote: akm8226
    Wunderwaffle did not live up to expectations? I remember that the liberals jumped out of their pants in a squeal, they say, right now, our Elon Musk will show you how to build ships !! And what? )))) And where?))))
    Rzhunimagu, as my beloved son used to say at the age of 10.))))))

    Have you read the article? Enough has been released, it makes no sense to spend money on it. With them, the ship returns almost entirely, and one capsule remains from the Union.
  11. Vladimir_12 Offline Vladimir_12
    Vladimir_12 (Vladimir Dushechkin) April 5 2022 15: 19
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    Quote: Mish
    255 million per flight? I remember the Union cost 80 million

    In general, $ 80 million is for one place out of 3 in the union. For $ 80 million, they’ll even hardly launch a satellite for you now, but there’s no need to talk about a person
  12. akm8226 Offline akm8226
    akm8226 6 May 2022 11: 47
    +1
    Q.E.D. I remember the liberda screaming with foam at the mouth that this ship is a new word in science and technology. Like, it will fly many times, cheaply, and all the Unions and nah will not be needed. Liberd, as always, was let down by his lack of education. For a ship that has been subjected to work loads and vacuum cannot be considered reliable except after a complete revision. And this means disassembling everything, checking it, replacing unusable parts, testing and reassembling. It is easier and cheaper to immediately assemble a new ship.