The new SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule bears the name

The new SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule bears the name
The new SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule bears the name

SpaceX’s new Crew Dragon capsule has a name.

NASA astronaut Raja Chari announced today (October 7) that the vehicle is called the Endurance. Shari is the captain of SpaceX Crew Mission -3, which is scheduled to launch to the International Space Station aboard Endurance on October 30.

As the first endurance crew, Shari and fellow NASA astronauts Thomas Marshburn, Kayla Barron and ESA’s Matthias Maurer were honored by hanging a name on the spacecraft, which was formerly known as “Capsule 210”. Shari said that “stamina” works on several levels.

in the picture: SpaceX’s Crew-2 mission to the International Space Station

For starters, the name is “a tribute to the perseverance of the human spirit, as we push humans and machines further than ever before,” Shari said in a short video ad:

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It’s also a nod to the fact that development teams and production teams [and] The coaching teams that brought us here have suffered pandemic“Then of course, just the fact that we’re going to be reusing this car,” Shari added. So one of the really cool things about SpaceX Dragon is that we’ll be the first to use stamina, but it won’t be the last time it’s used.”

Endurance will be the third Dragon Crew A vehicle to carry people into orbit. The Endeavor capsule has completed SpaceX’s first-ever manned mission, a Demo-2 test flight to the space station in 2020, as well as Crowe-2, which arrived at the orbiting laboratory in April and is due to finish this month.

Flexibility moved the Crew-1 mission to the station, which expired in May this year, and Inspiration 4, the first completely private mission in Earth orbit. Inspiration4 took billionaire tech entrepreneur Jared Isakman and three of his colleagues on a free three-day flight into orbit last month.

Like Shari and his crew, Crew 1 astronauts The coronavirus pandemic was martyred as a factor in their choice of the name “flexibility”.

Crew 3 astronauts will spend nearly six months aboard International Space Station. This will be the third operational mission that SpaceX has flown under a contract signed with NASA’s Commercial Crew Program in 2014. Boeing signed a similar agreement at the same time, but its CST-100 Starliner capsule has yet to send astronauts into orbit.

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