SpaceX Leases Air Force Facility to Prepare Dragon Crew Capsules for Flight

Dragon 2 weldment and heat shield. (Credit: SpaceX)

SpaceX has taken another step forward toward flying astronauts to the space station.

In a sign that astronaut launches from Florida are growing nearer, SpaceX recently leased an Air Force facility where it will prepare Dragon capsules to fly crews to the International Space Station.

The 45th Space Wing said work on the capsule called Crew Dragon or Dragon 2 would take place in Area 59, a former satellite processing facility on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

“This summer, they should be receiving their first Dragon 2 capsule, which will directly support NASA and the return of astronauts (launching into orbit) from U.S. soil,” said Brig. Gen. Wayne Monteith, the Wing commander, at a recent transportation summit in Port Canaveral.

It’s unclear when SpaceX or Boeing will be ready to launch test flights of astronauts under NASA contracts.

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  • SamuelRoman13

    A capsule comes in the Summer. Sounds like a slip from April.

  • windbourne

    SX has said for a while that test launch is now for aug., With manned test NET Dec.

  • therealdmt

    And almost nothing big that is coldly and rationally scheduled for December from far out ever survives the change in mindset that occurs once people hit the holiday season…

    Accordingly, I’m sad to say that I now expect early 2019, I hope I’m wrong though! It’s not impossible for things to even “slip” to he left. Rare, but not completely unheard of.