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Dragon's High-Speed Maneuver

When fully loaded with a crew and payload, the Crew Dragon weighs about \(10 \, 000 \, \textrm{kg}\). But compared to the Falcon 9, the Crew Dragon is tiny—less than \(2 \%\) of the rocket's total mass.

But the Crew Dragon is a fully-equipped spacecraft in its own right, complete with maneuvering thrusters for navigating in low-Earth orbit. It even has an autonomous flight system, because flying a rocket is never as easy as it looks in the movies.

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