Dragon 2 (also Crew Dragon, Dragon V2, or formerly DragonRider) is the second version of the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft which will be a human-rated vehicle able to make a terrestrial soft landing. It includes a set of four side-mounted thruster pods with two SuperDraco engines each, which can serve as a launch escape system (or launch abort system (LAS)) or be used for propulsive landings. Also, it has much larger windows, landing legs which extend from the bottom of the spacecraft, new flight computers and avionics, and redesigned solar arrays, all packaged in a spacecraft with a changed outer mold line from the initial cargo Dragon that has been flying for several years.
The spacecraft was unveiled on May 29, 2014 during a press event at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California. Designed to ferry astronauts to space, the capsule differs considerably from the cargo-carrying Dragon, which has been operational since 2010. Dragon 2 is scheduled to make an unmanned first orbital flight in May 2017, an unmanned in-flight abort test shortly afterwards, and to carry its first astronaut crew a few months later. SpaceX completed a launch pad abort test of the spacecraft on 6 May 2015 and a hovering test on 24 November 2015.
NASA has signed a contract to procure up to six crewed flights to the International Space Station under the Commercial Crew Development.
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