Elon Musk reveals that SpaceX will try to catch its Crew Dragon capsules in giant nets while landing
SpaceX will try to catch its ‘Crew Dragon’ capsules with astronauts in giant networks when they return from orbit, suggested Elon Musk.
The US aerospace company UU. He has already been trying to use the same principle to catch rocket protectors that are thrown after launch.
According to Mr. Musk, each nose costs around £ 4.6 million ($ 6 million), and keeping them out of corrosive seawater is the first step in being able to reuse them.
Catching the crew capsules, similarly, could save money by allowing them to be restored more easily for multiple flights.
The nets are suspended on specially equipped ships, of which there are currently two in operation: ‘Ms Chief’ and ‘Ms Tree’ (formerly ‘Mr Steven’).
Both vessels have managed to catch the parts of the rocket that fall on several occasions, but most have landed in the ocean.
SpaceX will probably want to improve its success rate, however, before attempting to attempt the same maneuver to land a manned spacecraft.
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SpaceX will try to catch its ‘Crew Dragon’ capsules with astronauts in giant networks when they return from orbit, suggested Elon Musk. In the image, the ship with net ‘Ms Tree’ captures the protective nose of a SpaceX rocket, or ‘fairing’, when it falls to the ground
“I think it would be great to use the boats we are using to catch the fairing, once it is well established, to catch Dragon when it arrives from orbit,” Musk said during a press conference on January 19. reported Space.com.
“And then that would ease some of the limitations around a water landing.”
However, Musk added, “this requires ongoing discussions with NASA.”
The US space agency UU. You will have to sign any plan, as SpaceX is developing the Crew Dragon capsules under contracts with the NASA Commercial Crew Program.
The plan is for SpaceX Crew Dragon capsules and the Boeing competition Starliner to transport NASA astronauts to and from the International Space Station.
At present, following the withdrawal of the space shuttle fleet in 2011, this function has completely depended on the use of the Russian Soyuz spacecraft.
The nets are suspended on specially equipped ships, of which there are currently two in operation: ‘Ms Chief’ and ‘Ms Tree’ (previously called ‘Mr Steven’)
Currently, SpaceX reuses its so-called ‘Cargo Dragon’ capsules, the predecessor of Crew Dragon’s freight transport that resupplies the International Space Station, after its landings in the water.
However, more care should be taken when considering the reuse of spacecraft intended to transport human life.
In contrast to the Crew Dragon’s design, Boeing’s Starliner will land on solid ground, allowing it to be reused up to nine times more.
Musk, pictured with an illustration of the Crew Dragon capsule, made the announcement after Crew Dragon completed a crucial test called ‘flight abortion’ last week.
After a take off on a Falcon 9 rocket from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 10:30 EST (15:30 GMT), mission controllers simulated an emergency
Musk made the announcement after Crew Dragon’s approval of a crucial test called ‘high altitude flight abortion’ last week.
After a take off on a Falcon 9 rocket from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 10:30 EST (15:30 GMT), mission controllers simulated an emergency.
The Crew Dragon capsule, which did not transport NASA personnel, separated from the rocket and accelerated to a safe place, landing in the Atlantic Ocean a few minutes later.
Meanwhile, the Falcon 9 rocket destroyed itself.
According to The Guardian, NASA engineer and former astronaut Douglas Hurley described the test as “the demonstration of a system we hope to never use, but can save lives if we ever do.”
The successful completion of the maneuver could lead to manned flights and to NASA once again launching astronauts from the US ground. UU., Possible as soon as this spring.
The Crew Dragon capsule, which did not transport NASA personnel, separated from the rocket and accelerated to a safe place, landing in the Atlantic Ocean a few minutes later. Meanwhile, the Falcon 9 rocket destroyed itself, as shown in the image.
WHAT IS THE SPACEX CREW DRAGON CAPSULE?
The March 2 test, the first launch of US astronauts from US soil in eight years, will inform the design and operations of the system (artist impression)
The capsule is approximately 20 feet tall by 12 feet in diameter and will carry up to 7 astronauts at a time.
The Crew Dragon features an advanced emergency escape system (which was tested earlier this year) to quickly take astronauts to a safe place if something went wrong, experiencing the same G-forces as a Disneyland trip.
It also has an Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) that provides a comfortable and safe environment for crew members.
Crew Dragon screens will provide real-time information on the status of the spaceship’s capabilities, showing everything from Dragon’s position in space, to possible destinations and the onboard environment.
Those CRS-2 Dragon missions will use ‘propellant’ landings, where the capsule lands on a landing platform using its SuperDraco thrusters instead of splashing in the ocean.
That will allow NASA faster access to the cargo returned by those spacecraft, and will also accumulate experience for propulsive landings of manned Dragon spacecraft.