List of Dragon Capsules

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This is a list of all produced Dragon 1 and Dragon 2 capsules and key information about them. The list will be updated over time.

Note: Dragon 1 versioning system is unofficial and might not be correct.

Changelog:

  • Oct 12, 2020 – New photos of capsules C207 and C208
  • Oct 1, 2020 – Added a new section for Cargo Dragon 2 capsules; new photos of C207 (named Resilience) and C208
  • Aug 8, 2020 – Added new photos of C206 recovery during DM-2
  • Jul 29, 2020 – Added new C207 photo + new information about its upgrades
  • Jul 23, 2020 – Added more C206 photos + information about it flying again on Crew-2
  • Jun 5, 2020 – Added more C206 photos and updated its description
  • May 21, 2020 – Added more C206 photos
  • May 2, 2020 – Added new C206 photos and added C207 to the list
  • Apr 13, 2020 – Added Dragon C112 photos from CRS-20
  • Mar 7, 2020 – Dragon C112 launched on CRS-20
  • Mar 1, 2020 – Dragon C112 will fly again on CRS-20

Crew Dragon Capsules:

Capsule C207 “Resilience”

  • Missions: None yet
  • Plan: Will be used on Crew-1
  • Notes:
    • The capsule to be used on the first post-certification mission called Crew-1
    • The capsule has some upgrades compared to C206. For example, it has stronger outer panels that will allow it to land in harsher winds, and it’s the first Dragon that will be able to dock at the other ISS port with IDA-3 (Node 2 zenith). SpaceX also made some improvements to the heatshield based on findings from the DM-2 mission.
    • The Crew-1 astronauts decided to name the capsule Resilience prior to its first launch

Capsule C206 “Endeavour”

  • Missions: DM-2 (May 30, 2020)
  • Plan: Will launch again on Crew-2
  • Notes:
    • The capsule was intended for the first post-certification mission but was reassigned to DM-2 after the C201 anomaly in April 2019
    • Since this capsule was originally meant to fly on the first post-certification mission, it is technically capable of supporting a long-duration stay on the ISS, if needed
    • SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell said that this capsule will be shipped from Hawthorne by the end of December 2019 to be tested in a vacuum chamber
    • The capsule has undergone electromagnetic testic in early 2020 (video)
    • Capsule was transported from Hawthorne to Florida in February 2020 and after being mated to the trunk it was moved to LC-39A’s HIF on May 15, 2020 (video)
    • First Dragon to carry astronauts to orbit
    • DM-2 crew decided to name the capsule Endeavour after they reached orbit

Capsule C205

  • Missions: Crew Dragon In-Flight Abort Test (January 19, 2020)
  • Plan: Unknown
  • Notes:
    • According to NASA, the capsule was originally scheduled to be fully integrated in March 2019
    • The capsule was intended for the first crewed demonstration mission (DM-2) but was reassigned to the in-flight abort test after the C201 explosion in April 2019
    • The capsule arrived to Cape Canaveral in early October 2019 and on November 13 underwent a successful static firing
    • The capsule had a stripped-down interior since many of the systems weren’t needed for the abort test
    • The capsule might be reused in the future but Elon Musk said it was unlikely

Capsule C201

  • Missions: DM-1 (March 2, 2019)
  • Plan: Capsule was destroyed during an engine test
  • Notes:
    • This capsule was tested in an anechoic chamber in May 2018, then underwent vacuum testing in Ohio in July after which it was shipped to Cape Canaveral
    • In March 2019, the capsule successfully flew on the first demonstration mission without crew. It spent 5 days on the ISS and then successfully landed in the Atlantic.
    • This capsule was supposed to be reused on the in-flight abort test, but on April 20, 2019, it suffered an anomaly during a thruster test and was destroyed

Cargo Dragon 2 Capsules:

Capsule C208

  • Missions: None yet
  • Plan: Will be used on CRS-21
  • Notes:
    • The first Cargo Dragon 2 to be produced
    • The capsule design is very similar to Crew Dragon but there are some difference, the main one is the lack of SuperDraco thrusters.
    • Compared to the original Cargo Dragon, the main difference is that the Crago Dragon 2 automatically docks to the ISS, while the old Dragon had to be manually berthed by the station’s robotic arm. Docking also means that the hatch opening is smaller on Cargo Dragon 2, so it cannot transport larger cargo items, because it wouldn’t fit through the opening.

Dragon 1 Capsules:

Capsule C113

  • Version: v1.2
  • Missions:
  • Plan: Won’t fly again
  • Notes:
    • 13th Dragon 1 capsule produced
    • Last newly manufactured Dragon 1 capsule
    • 6th reused Dragon 1

Capsule C112

  • Version: v1.2
  • Missions:
  • Plan: Won’t fly again
  • Notes:
    • 12th Dragon 1 capsule produced
    • 5th reused Dragon 1
    • 3rd Dragon 1 to be used three times
    • Last Dragon to fly

Capsule C111

  • Version: v1.2
  • Missions:
  • Plan: Won’t fly again
  • Notes:
    • 11th Dragon 1 capsule produced
    • 4th reused Dragon 1
    • During CRS-15, this capsule became the 30th spacecraft that was berthed to the ISS using the Canadarm2
    • During CRS-15 landing, this capsule encountered a parachute anomaly which resulted in higher-than-expected loads

Capsule C110


Capsule C109

  • Version: v1.1
  • Missions: CRS-7 (June 28, 2015)
  • Plan: Capsule was destroyed during the CRS-7 mission
  • Notes:
    • 9th Dragon 1 capsule produced
    • The capsule was destroyed as a result of a second stage anomaly during the CRS-7 launch
    • The capsule initially survived the disintegrating rocket but the control software was not designed for this eventuality so the parachutes couldn’t be opened and the capsule was destroyed after impacting the ocean. All future Dragons have their software updated to be able to open parachutes in a similar scenario.

Capsule C108

  • Version: v1.1
  • Missions:
  • Plan: Won’t fly again
  • Notes:
    • 8th Dragon 1 capsule produced
    • 2nd reused Dragon 1
    • 1st Dragon that was used three times

Capsule C107

  • Version: v1.1
  • Missions: CRS-5 (January 10, 2015)
  • Plan: Won’t fly again
  • Notes:
    • 7th Dragon 1 capsule produced
    • For an unknown reason, this capsule hasn’t been reused

 


Capsule C106

  • Version: v1.1
  • Missions:
  • Plan: Won’t fly again
  • Notes:
    • 6th Dragon 1 capsule produced
    • 1st reused Dragon 1
    • 2nd Dragon that was reused three times

Capsule C105

  • Version: v1.1
  • Missions: CRS-3 (April 18, 2014)
  • Plan: Won’t fly again
  • Notes:
    • 5th Dragon 1 capsule produced
    • First capsule to receive a set of major upgrades, unofficially called Dragon v1.1

 


Capsule C104

  • Version: v1.0
  • Missions: CRS-2 (March 1, 2013)
  • Plan: Won’t fly again
  • Notes:
    • 4th Dragon 1 capsule produced
    • Shortly after separating from the second stage, there was an issue with 3 of the 4 Draco thruster pods (the vehicle detected insufficient pressurization on the oxidizer system). This led to solar arrays not deploying. Eventually, the arrays were deployed remotely and SpaceX managed to regain control of all 4 thruster pods.
    • First time the capsule’s trunk was used to transport cargo to the ISS
    • Last launch on Falcon 9 v1.0

Capsule C103

  • Version: v1.0
  • Missions: CRS-1 (October 8, 2012)
  • Plan: Won’t fly again
  • Notes:
    • 3rd Dragon 1 capsule produced
    • First operational mission under the CRS contract for NASA

Capsule C102

  • Version: v1.0
  • Missions: COTS-2 (May 22, 2012)
  • Plan: This capsule is displayed in Kennedy Space Center
  • Notes:
    • 2nd Dragon 1 capsule produced
    • First private spacecraft to berth with the ISS
    • First capsule with solar arrays

Capsule C101

  • Version: v1.0
  • Missions: COTS-1 (December 8, 2010)
  • Plan: This capsule is displayed in the SpaceX factory in Hawthorne, CA
  • Notes:
    • 1st Dragon 1 capsule produced
    • First private spacecraft that orbited the Earth and then was successfully recovered
    • The capsule carried a wheel of cheese as a reference to Monty Python’s Cheese Shop Sketch. This was revealed to the public only after Dragon successfully returned from space.
    • The capsule was deployed without its trunk and therefore didn’t utilize solar arrays
    • This capsule orbited the Earth twice before returning

Other

Structural Test Article

  • Missions: None
  • Plan: Unlikely to be used again
  • Notes:
    • Dragon 2 pressure vessel that was used for structural testing
    • Testing took place in McGregor, Texas, in 2016
    • It is assumed this capsule has serial number C202

ECLSS Test Module

  • Missions: None
  • Plan: Unknown
  • Notes:
    • This pressure vessel was used in March 2017 for Crew Dragon’s ECLSS testing (Environmental Control and Life Support System)
    • The vessel had a transparent floor so that the engineers could better see how the various systems were working

DragonFly


Dragon Spacecraft Qualification Unit

  • Missions: Falcon 9 Demo (June 4, 2010)
  • Plan: Capsule was destroyed as planned after reentering the atmosphere
  • Notes:
    • This was a boilerplate unit used during the Falcon 9 demo mission
    • It wasn’t designed to separate from the second stage
    • The second stage with the DSQU still attached disintegrated in the atmosphere on June 27, 2010

DragonLab Qualification Unit

  • Missions: None
  • Plan: Unknown
  • Notes:
    • A picture of a DragonLab Qualification Unit was shared by SpaceX in 2008 as part of an announcement of two DragonLab missions. Nothing more is known about this particular pressure vessel.
    • DragonLab was supposed to be a free-flying, reusable spacecraft capable of hosting pressurized and unpressurized payloads to and from space but it never flew and has likely been cancelled
    • From SpaceX’s 2008 press release: “DragonLab provides a platform for in-space experimentation, including recovery of pressurized and some unpressurized payloads, as well as deployment of small spacecraft. As a complete system, DragonLab provides for all aspects of operation: propulsion, power, thermal control, environmental control, avionics, communications, thermal protection, flight software, guidance, navigation and control, entry, descent and landing and recovery.”

Most of the information on this page was sourced from the Capsule History article on the r/spacex wiki. The majority of photos on this list was taken from this NASA Flickr album.

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