Elon Musk unveils SpaceX manned Dragon V2 transporter for NASA, a space taxi for astronauts.
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The Dragon V2 capsule is designed to carry humans to the International Space Station (ISS).
The first manned test flight of the new space transporter is still a few years away.
The ultimate goal of the fully reusable manned capsule, is to make a powered landing on Earth.
According to universetoday Musk announced:
“The Dragon V2 is a 21st century spacecraft.
We wanted to take a big step in spacecraft technology. It is a big leap forward in technology and takes things to the next level.
An important characteristic of that is its ability to land anywhere on land, propulsively. It can land anywhere on Earth with the accuracy of a helicopter.
I think that’s what a spaceship should be able to do.
It will be capable of carrying seven astronauts. And it will be fully reusable.”