NASA is reportedly in early-stage discussions with SpaceX to potentially modify its Crew Dragon spacecraft,
following a recent incident in which a Russian Soyuz spacecraft was hit by a micrometeoroid, causing a coolant leak and rendering the vehicle unsafe for carrying astronauts home.
NASA officials have said that the agency is considering asking SpaceX to enhance the existing shielding on the Crew Dragon capsule to prevent a similar incident from occurring.
The discussions are still in the early stages and no official decisions have been made. SpaceX’s Sarah Walker, Director of Dragon Mission Management,
stated that the company is aligned with NASA’s goals and that all analyses to date show that the current Crew Dragon docked at the ISS, known as Endurance, is functioning well.