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In Photos: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at SpaceX's Crew Dragon Spaceship

Going In

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Inside the Crew Dragon simulator, which is outfitted with four seats.

Room with a View

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Crew Dragon features four windows.

In Its Place

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The Crew Dragon simulator, seen from a bit of a distance.

Cockpit Simulator

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Crew Dragon astronauts get acquainted with the capsule’s touch-screen control system using this cockpit simulator.

Cockpit Simulator: Another Look

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Crew Dragon astronauts won’t do much active flying, if all goes according to plan; the capsule is designed to be fully autonomous, and the first backup is mission control on Earth.

Hatch Trainer

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The hatch mockup that Crew Dragon astronauts use to practice opening and closing the connection between their craft and the ISS.

Crew Dragon Designs

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Designs for various Crew Dragon components.

Sleek Suit, Sleek Seat

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A conception of a Crew Dragon astronaut in his/her seat.

From Vision to Reality

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The Crew Dragon capsule that will make the vehicle’s first crewed flight — currently scheduled for April 2019 — under construction in a clean room at SpaceX headquarters.

Dragon and Dragon Riders

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SpaceX personnel and NASA astronauts stand in front of the in-work Crew Dragon on Aug. 13, 2018. From left to right: SpaceX president and COO Gwynne Shotwell; astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, who will fly the first crewed test mission of the capsule; astronauts Mike Hopkins and Victor Glover, who will fly the first operational Crew Dragon mission; former NASA astronaut Garrett Reisman, SpaceX’s senior advisor for human spaceflight; and SpaceX director of crew mission management Benji Reed.

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