By the way, why is SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule called Crew Dragon?

by Kelvin
By the way, why is SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule called Crew Dragon?

It was with this capsule that the United States regained autonomous access to space. But do you know the origin of the name of the Crew Dragon spaceship?

She was one of the stars of the last weekend of May, when SpaceX for the first time managed to send two astronauts to the International Space Station, thanks to its Falcon 9 rocket. The Crew Dragon capsule is the future of space vehicles for the United States, because it is with this type of craft that America has autonomous access to space again, nine years after the end of the space shuttles.


But what motivated SpaceX to give it such a nickname?

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The story, told by Elon Musk in 2018 on Twitter, is not lacking in salt: the founder of SpaceX says he chose this name out of pure provocation, because at the time his space projects were a source of jokes. He was told that it would never work and that he must probably still be under the influence of some drug to believe otherwise.

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“”, He writes. is the name of a song released in 1963 and sung by folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary, based on lyrics written by student Leonard Lipton.

The song’s story evokes a timeless dragon, Puff, and his playmate, Jackie Paper. But growing up, the latter abandons his friend who finds himself alone and depressed. However, there is a whole subtext in reference to drugs in this title, which the group has regularly denied, ensuring that it is just music about the loss of innocence. The rumor, however, has persisted over the years.

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Elon Musk assures that the origin of the name of his space capsule is a snub to those who did not believe in his space projects. // Source: Daniel Oberhaus

The choice of Elon Musk has not stood the test of time, because today only the word “Dragon” remains used, undoubtedly both for questions of law and to establish the seriousness of the project. It is now used in these cases: when it transports supplies for the ISS (we speak of Cargo Dragon) and when it transports a crew (it is then a Capsule Crew Dragon, meaning crew in English).

It should also be noted that the capsules can also receive a name during a mission. This is what happened during SpaceX’s last real-world test. NASA called the Endeavor capsule. This was announced by Jim Bridenstine on May 31 on the TV set of the American space agency, when the spacecraft was approaching the ISS to dock there.