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How to Track the Location of SpaceX’s Dragon Space Capsule Online | Digital Trends Spanish

Do you want to know when the Dragon spaceship will pass over your country? Just as today it is possible to follow the trajectory of the International Space Station (ISS), here we explain how to monitor the location of SpaceX’s Dragon capsule online.

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In May 2020, SpaceX’s Dragon capsule became the first private spacecraft to bring a NASA crew to the ISS; while in September 2021 it moved into space the Inspiration4 mission, the first to be fully integrated by civilians.

How to track the Dragon capsule

This is how the trajectory of the SpaceX space capsule can be tracked from space.

If you want to monitor the location of the SpaceX space capsule, you just have to enter the Dragon Tracker web application, where its trajectory and what place on Earth it flies over is visualized in real time.

Dragon Tracker also shows the distance of the capsule from the Earth, in addition to showing as a reference the location of other spacecraft, such as the ISS itself (which orbits the planet at about 540 kilometers away) or the Hubble telescope (about 420 kilometers away ).

In any case, the application deployed by SpaceX does not have the same options that the Spot the Station website from NASA, which allows you to monitor the location of the ISS in real time, as well as provide tips on how to observe it.

What is the SpaceX Dragon capsule

SpaceX's Dragon capsule attached to the Falcon 9 rocket.
SpaceX’s Dragon capsule. Spacex

As SpaceX explains, the Dragon capsule is a free-flying spacecraft designed to deliver both cargo and people to orbiting destinations, it is also capable of returning large amounts of cargo to Earth. Dragon has a capacity to carry up to 7 passengers to and from Earth orbit.

The first demonstration flight under NASA’s Commercial Crew Program took place on March 2, 2019. The capsule successfully docked with the Space Station a day later, becoming the first American spacecraft to do so. autonomously.

On May 30, 2020, it became the first private spacecraft to transfer astronauts to the ISS. Incidentally, it was the first manned flight by a US aircraft since 2011.

As of September 2021, the ship has made a total of 27 flights, 25 of them to the International Station.

Technical specifications of the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft
Height 8.1 meters / 26.7 feet
Diameter 4 meters / 13 feet
Capsule volume 9.3 m³ / 328 ft³
Trunk volume 37 m³ / 1300 ft³
Launch charge mass 6,000 kilos / 13,228 pounds
Return of cargo mass 3,000 kilos / 6,614 pounds

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