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Dragon C112

Dragon C112

Capability: ISS Logistics
Maiden Flight: 2010-12-08
Flight Life: One week free flight, up to two years while docked to the International Space Station.

Payload Capacity: 4200

The C112 capsule was flown on CRS-10, CRS-16 and CRS-20.

On CRS-10 the capsule lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center from pad 39A. This was the first flight from this pad since STS-135 left the pad in mid-2011. The vehicle experienced some software issues meaning its berthing was delayed for a day.

History

Dragon is a spacecraft developed by SpaceX, an American private space transportation company based in Hawthorne, California. Dragon is launched into space by the SpaceX Falcon 9 two-stage-to-orbit launch vehicle, and SpaceX is developing a crewed version called the Dragon V2.

SpaceX is additionally developing a crewed variant of the Dragon called Dragon V2. Dragon V2 will be able to carry up to seven astronauts, or some combination of crew and cargo, to and from low Earth orbit. The V2 heat shield is designed to withstand Earth re-entry velocities from Lunar and Martian spaceflights.

Agency

SpaceX
Type: Commercial

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 has many pads, on the East Coast of the US they own SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral and LC-39A at the Kennedy Space Center for their lower inclination launches. They also own SLC-4E at Vandenberg, California for their high inclination launches. Another site is also being developed at Boca Chica, Texas.

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