SpaceX's Dragon: America's Next Generation Spacecraft

  • Erik Seedhouse

Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)

Also part of the Space Exploration book sub series (SPACEE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
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  10. Back Matter
    Pages 163-188

About this book


This book describes Dragon V2, a futuristic vehicle that not only provides a means for NASA to transport its astronauts to the orbiting outpost but also advances SpaceX’s core objective of reusability. A direct descendant of Dragon, Dragon V2 can be retrieved, refurbished and re-launched. It is a spacecraft with the potential to completely revolutionize the economics of an industry where equipment costing hundreds of millions of dollars is routinely discarded after a single use. It was presented by SpaceX CEO Elon Musk in May 2014 as the spaceship that will carry NASA astronauts to the International Space Station as soon as 2016 SpaceX’s Dragon – America’s Next Generation Spacecraft describes the extraordinary feats of engineering and human achievement that have placed this revolutionary spacecraft at the forefront of the launch industry and positioned it as the precursor for ultimately transporting humans to Mars. It describes the design and development of Dragon, provides mission highlights of the first six Commercial Resupply Missions, and explains how Musk hopes to eventually colonize Mars.


After NASA Shuttle Program Boeing CST-100 Dragon Spaceship Elon Musk ISS Shuttle Private Space Exploration Reusable Rocket Sierra Nevada Dream Chaser Soyuz and Geopolitics Space Station Resupply SpaceX Spacecraft

Authors and affiliations

  • Erik Seedhouse
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  1. 1.Embry-Riddle Aeronautical UniversityAssistant Professor,Commercial Space OpeDaytona BeachUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-21514-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-21515-0
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