- Serial Number: C103
- In Space: No
- Height: 6.1 m
- Diameter: 3.7 m
- Status: Retired
The Dragon C103 spacecraft embarked on 1 flight(s), showcasing its capability of ISS Logistics and designed with a flight life of One week free flight, up to two years while berthed to the International Space Station.. Notably, it boasts a crew capacity accommodating up to Array astronauts and a payload capacity of 6000 kg.
First Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) mission for NASA, first non-demo mission. Falcon 9 rocket suffered a partial engine failure during launch but was able to deliver Dragon into orbit. However, a secondary payload did not reach its correct orbit.
Dragon, also known as Dragon 1 or Cargo Dragon, was a class of fourteen partially reusable cargo spacecraft developed by SpaceX, an American private space transportation company.
It flew 23 missions between 2010 and 2020.
During its maiden flight in December 2010, Dragon became the first commercially built and operated spacecraft to be recovered successfully from orbit.
The Dragon spacecraft consists of a nose-cone cap, a conventional blunt-cone ballistic capsule, and an unpressurized cargo-carrier trunk equipped with two solar arrays. Dragon was launched into orbit by the company’s Falcon 9 launch vehicle to resupply the International Space Station (ISS).
Space Exploration Technologies Corp., known as SpaceX, is an American aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company headquartered in Hawthorne, California. It was founded in 2002 by entrepreneur Elon Musk with the goal of reducing space transportation costs and enabling the colonization of Mars. SpaceX operates from many pads, on the East Coast of the US they operate from SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station and historic LC-39A at Kennedy Space Center. They also operate from SLC-4E at Vandenberg Space Force Base, California, usually for polar launches. Another launch site is being developed at Boca Chica, Texas.