Dragon 2 remains on track for her maiden flight to the International Space Station (ISS) in March following a green light from the key Flight Readiness Review (FRR) on Friday. The Agency Level FRR meeting was the final review stage from all relevant elements involving SpaceX, NASA Commercial Crew and the ISS program, with the milestones now progressing towards a SpaceX Launch Readiness Review (LRR) a few days prior to the March 2 target.
Dragon 2’s uncrewed mission to the ISS is a major step towards the United States regaining domestic crew launch capability.
Both Dragon 2 and Boeing’s Starliner are aiming to conduct a successful maiden flight to the orbital outpost, in order to validate their systems ahead of their first crewed missions.
With DM-2 set to the first to launch a crew to the ISS in the summer, that mission will finally return a capability lost when Shuttle Atlantis landed in 2011 to conclude STS-135.
Next up (and ongoing at this time) is the Flight Readiness Review that will green light Dragon 2's DM-1 mission, the next step towards regaining US crewed orbital space flight for the first time since STS-135/Atlantis.#DidYouSeeWhatIDidThere pic.twitter.com/d5CDZS9za4
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