SpaceX Dragon V2 Pictures

The Crazy Cool Spaceship You Should Know About

The Crazy Cool Spaceship You Should Know About

Hello, gorgeous. SpaceX unveiled Dragon V2 this week, its second manned, commercial spacecraft. Version two has a clean, crisp, pod-like shape and white bodice — but it's the interior that will really wow you. The luxurious leather seats look like they've been ripped right out of a Tesla and fitted onto the new spacecraft. The pilot pulls down the control console from above to begin commandeering the Dragon V2 (like a badass). This is not the defunct pod Sandra Bullock used to escape in Gravity.

Aside from the cool aesthetic factor, SpaceX's new pod is a significant step forward for human spaceflight. Four reasons why the Dragon V2 isn't just pretty on the outside:

  • It's reusable, therefore extremely cost effective. It can shoot astronauts up into space and back down to Earth up to 10 times before needing a full service.
  • Unlike typical pod ocean landings (think: Apollo 11), the Dragon V2 can "land anywhere on Earth with the accuracy of a helicopter," said CEO Elon Musk.
  • Dragon V2 can dock to the International Space Station on its own, without the robotic arm.
  • It has a FULLY 3D-PRINTED high-strength engine on board. The first printed rocket engine to be used in flight!

Source: SpaceX

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