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Arizona Bay
05-30-2014, 09:12 AM
Could be a fun ride :D


SpaceX lifts the lid on the Dragon V2 crew spacecraft

May 29, 2014 by Chris Bergin
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Z214-350x138.jpgSpaceX head Elon Musk has unveiled the latest version of his Dragon spacecraft via a highly anticipated event at the SpaceX factory in California. Known as Dragon V2, the spacecraft is the crewed version of the ship that recently returned from its fourth trip to the International Space Station (ISS). This latest Dragon is the current favorite to win the right to return domestic crew launch independence to the United States.

Commercial Crew:
The United States lost its ability to launch its own astronauts when Atlantis concluded her – and the Shuttle fleet’s – last mission in 2011 (http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/tag/sts-135/).
With the Agency undergoing a major transition towards returning to Beyond Earth Orbit (BEO) exploration (http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/tag/sls/), the interim solution for launching NASA astronauts to the ISS was to pay Roscosmos large amounts of money for spare seats on the Russian Soyuz (http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/tag/soyuz/), thus allowing a continued US presence on the orbital laboratory.
While the political risk of outsourcing astronaut transportation to the Russians has since become more evident, lawmakers have done little to prioritize the drive to ensuring a new fleet of American vehicles would be ready to take up the role as soon as possible (http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2012/03/nasa-bolden-head-to-head-lawmakers-fy13-budget/).


05-30-2014, 09:49 AM
Pretty cool. I think commercial manned space flight is the right direction to take. The US Government should do what it can to help promote and expand the market for manned space flight. Nearly everyone in the developed world can afford to fly today due to a century of market expansion.

Arizona Bay
05-30-2014, 10:21 AM
I favor a good mix. Commercial where it works, and public when making a profit is not the determining factor.

05-30-2014, 02:17 PM
Space, the next $$$ frontier.

BTW, Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic has just received FAA approval. They already have $70 million in deposits from 580 people.

George Ray
05-30-2014, 02:20 PM
Go Elon Musk! The next edison/tesla and he seems to have a good heart.

Jim Bow
05-30-2014, 03:06 PM
My nextdoor neighbor just took delivery of a Tesla 4 door. Beautiful car. I haven't had a close look yet.

05-30-2014, 04:25 PM