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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Senior Space Writer

Michael Wall is a Senior Space Writer with and joined the team in 2010. He primarily covers exoplanets, spaceflight and military space, but has been known to dabble in the space art beat. His book about the search for alien life, "Out There," was published on Nov. 13, 2018. Before becoming a science writer, Michael worked as a herpetologist and wildlife biologist. He has a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology from the University of Sydney, Australia, a bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona, and a graduate certificate in science writing from the University of California, Santa Cruz. To find out what his latest project is, you can follow Michael on Twitter.