SpaceX reuse of Falcon 9 and Crew Dragon, NASA allows

NASA is to permit SpaceX, as soon as next year, for reuse of Crew Dragon spacecraft and the Falcon 9 rocket boosters.

DM-2 B1058 Falcon 9 Rocket Booster
B1058.1 first SpaceX Falcon 9 to launch humans to space and to get to the international space station | photo: Jon Van Horne

Commercial Crew Reuse Falcon 9 and Crew Dragon

The big Commercial Crew Transportation Capability contract of NASA and SpaceX has a change in it. That was published about a month ago. The change is to allow SpaceX Falcon 9 first stage and Crew Dragon spacecraft re-usability. This is to start with the 2nd operational mission of the crew dragon, Post-Certification 2 (PCM-2) or Crew-2. That change was portrayed as a component of a “two-sided alteration” that additionally officially broadened the length of the Demo-2 mission fourteen days to up to 119 days.

DM–2, or Demo Mission-2, used a fully new Falcon 9 rocket booster and crew dragon spacecraft. This will also be done for Crew-1 slated for NET (No Earlier Than) August 30, 2020. Crew-2 we won’t see until sometime in 2021.

SpaceX has had much success in the reuse of their Falcon 9 rocket boosters and Dragon spacecrafts. CRS-11 was the approved mission start of reuse for the Dragon spacecraft in 2017. CRS-13 was the stat of reusing Falcon 9s for the CRS missions, also in 2017.

Earlier this year, during the NASA SpaceX CRS-20 press conference Hans Koenigsmann, vice president of build and flight reliability at SpaceX stated:

The number of flights right now is a design number. A lot of that depends on what you see when you come back… In reality, we might be able to run the capsule six times, or four times, depending on what we find.

To conclude, we can now expect to see full re-usability of rockets and spacecrafts for Human Spaceflight by SpaceX.

Jon Van Horne
Jon Van Horne

He began his career in media as a multimedia designer and developer in Montreal, Quebec. He developed a passion for media during his job in Photography and Video at a Montreal media content company. Other passions in media, photography/videography and soon going back to school in engineering.

reference: NASA / SpaceX