SpaceX’s Reisman argued that while Dragon was designed from the outset to carry people, it would not be that simple to quickly convert the cargo version to carry people.Is there a hidden reason for saying this that obscures the truth?
What changes from the cargo Dragon are required?
- The launch escape system has two tests scheduled as part of an existing contract. The main requirement, superdracos, have already been tested.
- Life support: Oxygen, C02 scrubbing and temperature control are trivial considering how long we've been doing it and companies like Paragon specialize in it.
- They've already tested seating for seven.
- Displays and controls in the spacecraft for those crews are not a big deal to develop compared to what they've already done.