- Serial Number: C109
- In Space: No
- Height: 6.1 m
- Diameter: 3.7 m
- Status: Destroyed
The Dragon C109 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.
This vehicle was intended to deliver the first of two International Docking Adapters to modify the ISS adapters so that they could be used for future commercial crew missions. However the capsule was destroyed when the Falcon 9 launch vehicle failed in flight.
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.