SpaceX Commercial Crew Milestones Status

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SpaceX Dragon abort test article. (Credit: SpaceX)

SpaceX Dragon abort test article. (Credit: SpaceX)

SpaceX CCiCAP Milestone Status
Award Period: August 2012 – August 2014
Milestones: 17
Milestones Completed: 13
Milestones Remaining: 4
Total Possible Award: $460 Million
Total Award to Date: $330 Million
Total Award Remaining: $130 Million

No.
Description Original Date Status Amount
1 CCiCap Kickoff Meeting. SpaceX will hold a kickoff meeting at the SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, CA, or a nearby facility to review the current state of existing hardware, processes and designs, describe plans for CCiCap program execution during both the base period and the optional period and lay the groundwork for a successful partnership between NASA and SpaceX. August 2012 Complete $40
Million
2 Financial and Business Review. SpaceX will hold a financial and business review to accomplish verification of financial ability to meet NASA’s stated goals for the CCiCap program by providing NASA insight into SpaceX finances. August 2012
Complete $20 Million
3 Integrated System Requirements Review (ISRR). SpaceX will hold an integrated System Requirements Review (ISRR) to examine the functional and performance requirements defined for the entire CTS for the Commercial Crew Program design reference mission per section 3.1 of CCT-DRM-1110, as well as to evaluate the interpretation and applicability of each requirement. October 2012 Complete $50 Million
4 Ground Systems and Ascent Preliminary Design Review (PDR). SpaceX will hold a Ground Systems and Ascent Preliminary Design Review (PDR) to demonstrate that the overall CTS preliminary design for ground systems and ascent meets all requirements with acceptable risk and within schedule constraints and that it establishes the basis for proceeding with detailed design. December 2012 Complete $35 Million
5 Pad Abort Test Review. SpaceX will hold a Pad Abort Test Review to demonstrate the maturity of the pad abort test article design and test concept of operations. March 2013 Complete $20 Million
6 Human Certification Plan Review. SpaceX will hold a Human Certification Plan Review to present the Human Certification Plan. This Human Certification Plan Review will cover plans for certification of the design of the spacecraft, launch vehicle, and ground and mission operations systems. May 2013 Complete $50 Million
7 On-Orbit and Entry Preliminary Design Review (PDR). SpaceX will hold an On-Orbit and Entry Preliminary Design Review (PDR) to demonstrate that the overall CTS preliminary design for orbit, rendezvous and docking with the ISS, and entry flight regimes meets all requirements with acceptable risk and within schedule constraints and that it establishes the basis for proceeding with detailed design. July 2013 Complete $34 Million
7A Delta Ground Systems Preliminary Design Review (PDR). A PDR of the delta ground systems.
July 2013 Complete $1
Million
8 In-Flight Abort Test Review. SpaceX will hold an In-Flight Abort Test Review to demonstrate the maturity of the in-flight abort test article design and test concept of operations. September 2013 Complete $10 Million
9 Safety Review. SpaceX will hold a Safety Review at the SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, CA, or a nearby facility to demonstrate that the CTS design is progressing toward meeting the Commercial Crew Program’s safety goals. October 2013 Complete $50 Million
10 Flight Review of Upgraded Falcon 9. SpaceX will conduct a review of a launch of the upgraded Falcon 9 launch vehicle demonstrating the operation of enhanced first-stage M1D engines, stage separation systems, enhanced second-stage MVacD engine and mission-critical vehicle telemetry during flight. Demonstration of the upgraded launch vehicle will serve as a risk reduction for the planned inflight abort test. November 2013 Compete $0
15A Dragon Parachute Tests Phases I & II. SpaceX will conduct parachute drop tests in order to validate the new parachute design as capable of supporting a pad abort event. Milestone 15A included a crane drop test. November 2013 Complete $15 Million
15B Dragon Parachute Tests Phases I & II. SpaceX will conduct parachute drop tests in order to validate the new parachute design as capable of supporting a pad abort event. Milestone 15B featured a helicopter drop test. November 2013 Complete $5 Million
TOTAL TO DATE
(OUT OF $460 MILLION):
$330 Million
11 Pad Abort Test. SpaceX will conduct a pad abort test of the Dragon spacecraft. The scenario where an abort is initiated while the CTS is still on the pad is a design driver for the launch abort system as it dictates the total impulse and also requires parachute deployment in close proximity to the ground. December 2013 Pending 3Q 2014 $30 Million
12 Dragon Primary Structure Qualification. SpaceX will conduct static structural testing of all Dragon primary structure components to ultimate load factors, as applicable. This series of tests will validate the Dragon structure’s ability to maintain integrity during all driving load cases as well as verify the accuracy of math models used to analyze the Dragon structure. Individual tests will be designed to exercise all credible failure modes and minimum margin areas. January 2014 Pending 2Q 2014 $30 Million
13 Integrated Critical Design Review (CDR). SpaceX will hold an Integrated Critical Design Review (CDR) to demonstrate that the maturity of the CTS design is appropriate to support proceeding with full-scale fabrication, assembly, integration and test. March 2014 Pending 2Q 2014 $40 Million
14 In-Flight Abort Test. SpaceX will conduct an in-flight abort test of the Dragon spacecraft. The in-flight abort test will supplement the pad abort test and complete the corners-of-the-box stress cases. The in-flight abort scenario represents a Dragon abort while under propulsive flight of the launch vehicle during the worst-case dynamic loads on the CTS. April 2014 Pending 3Q 2014 $30 Million
TOTAL: $460 Million

14 Responses to “SpaceX Commercial Crew Milestones Status”


  1. 1 windbourne

    Nothing new since the last time this was posted. Bummer.

    At the least, I would love to see 11 and 12 done.

  2. 2 BeanCounterFromDownUnder

    I posted in the Boeing article but the same comment apply here. Milestones are becoming more complex and increasingly comprehensive. A slip of a quarter or so is to be expected however note that costs associated with these slips are being carried by the companies not NASA directly. Not even indirectly since the next stage of the program’s IIRC isn’t funded or contracted as yet.
    Pity SLS and MPCV isn’t as transparent. Oh pad abort looks like moving to Vandenberg.

  3. 3 Saturn13

    NASA just came out with changes to the CC milestones. The pad abort test will be this July. Thanks editor for showing the old one. You have shown the Feb. CC report though. Thanks for the first look I have seen of the abort test article. It is suppose to look like the real thing. They must not have the outside skin on it. If the bottom is the 12′ d. of F9, then they are making the capsule much larger. 16′ it looks like. The same as SLS. If so, Wow! Shotwell said there was a big difference. That would be a big difference.

  4. 4 Michael Vaicaitis

    In-flight abort test is at Vandenberg

    Pad abort test at Cape

  5. 5 HyperJ

    No, you are mistaken. It is the same size as cargo Dragon.

  6. 6 BeanCounterFromDownUnder

    Ok, I’ll defer to you. I’ll check my sources sometime but too busy for the moment.

  7. 7 Michael Vaicaitis

    Tues Apr 1 Space Tech Expo:

    Reisman: “pad abort test will be at the Cape, but the in-flight abort test will launch from Vandenberg.”

    Reisman: “SpaceX just received last week its FAA launch license for its upcoming Dragon pad abort test.”

    Shotwell: “F9R reusable-rocket test bed will fly in Texas before NM pad is done. Pad done in “about a month”. Tests this year.”

    Shotwell: “still planning 9 more launches this year, 15-17 next year. Focusing on production capability.”

  8. 8 windbourne

    Musk may be looking to speed this up.
    http://qz.com/194164/heres-another-thing-billionaire-elon-musks-spacex-is-looking-to-launch-a-new-funding-round/

    If he gets the funding, I wonder how fast he can get this off the ground, as well as FH and Raptor. Hopefully, he is going to the google boys who apparently are smart enough to want to leave him their money rather than to do charity like Gates would do.

  9. 9 windbourne

    thanx.
    So, this would seem to imply that the first stage of the upcoming ISS flight is not the F9R.

  10. 10 Michael Vaicaitis

    No mate, you seem to have done 2+2=3. The CRS rocket is an F9R, but not the “finished” article. The Texas and NM rockets are technology test beds. Texas can work on refining the landing and NM can work on the boost back, descent and approach. Although, who knows, perhaps when NM is up and running, the Texas effort will be discontinued. Apart from anything else, they are gonna need to demonstrate a high degree of control throughout the return regime before FAA and range controllers will be happy to let them fly back and touch down.

    It’s not just about control though, they also need to optimise fuel usage. For example, I think Musk has already said that they are able to use less fuel than on the first Vandenberg flight. Also, the CRS3 rocket has some improvement to the attitude control system, which together with the legs, will hopefully prevent the aerodynamic spin that scuppered the first attempt.

  11. 11 BeanCounterFromDownUnder

    No this isn’t about more funding for his R&D. He’s got lots of new employees and some of his older ones options are probably close to maturity.

  12. 12 windbourne

    actually, over at the forum, there is some question about it.

  13. 13 sftommy

    Elon needs to lunch with Uncle Warren in Omaha. $500M in exchange Warren gets a class of preferred stock (keeps SpX privately owned for now) and an exclusive on launch insurance going forward. Spacex is about to pickup a “cornpicker’s bushel” of Air Force launches. The insurance profits would make dollars signs roll in old Warren’s eyes!

  14. 14 windbourne

    And to be fair, I would love to see buffet invest into giga-factory as well. He spent .5B into a China’s BYD, which has been a joke. They have only done decent in a Chinese gov fixed market place and no other.

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