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DragonLab [SpaceX]

DragonLab is a free-flying, reusable spacecraft capable of hosting pressurized and unpressurized payloads. Subsystems include propulsion, power, thermal control, environmental control, avionics, communications, thermal protection, flight software, guidance, navigation & control, entry, descent & landing, and recovery.

The DragonLab capsule is based on the Dragon capsule and is comprised of 3 main elements: the Nosecone, which protects the vessel and the docking adaptor during ascent; the Pressurized Section, which houses the experiment; and the Service Section, which contains avionics, the RCS system, parachutes, and other support infrastructure. In addition an unpressurized trunk is included, which will support DragonLab's solar arrays and thermal radiators.

DragonLab is to be launched on the SpaceX Falcon-9 v1.2 Booster.

In April 2017, the DragonLab missions did no longer appear in the SpaceX launch manifests, so these missions were likely cancelled.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Material sciences
Operator: SpaceX
Contractors: SpaceX
Propulsion: 18 Draco thrusters
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: up to 2 years
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
DragonLab 1 - cancelled CC SLC-40 Falcon-9 v1.2
DragonLab 2 - cancelled CC SLC-40 Falcon-9 v1.2


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