SpaceX's first manned spacecraft can carry seven passengers to the ISS and back
SpaceX revealed its manned spacecraft at a launch event in California. The Dragon V2 can carry seven astronauts for several days to and from the International Space Station, docking automatically with the station, and landing gently "almost anywhere on Earth" using its propulsion system.
Musk described the version 2 as a "big leap forward in technology" from the first Dragon. He also emphasized the reusability of the craft, saying the Dragon V2 could "land anywhere on Earth with accuracy of helicopter," as "a modern spaceship should land." The SpaceX head demonstrated the craft's new capabilities in an animated video, showing a mock-up of the Dragon's docking process and subsequent descent back to Earth, before climbing inside the capsule
Musk said SpaceX designed the vehicle's surprisingly uncluttered interior to be "very simple and very clean." The craft's controls are mounted on a bank of screens that swing down over a set of black and beige bucket chairs. Critical controls, such as those needed in an emergency, have dedicated manual buttons in the center of the command console. Musk also pointed out the Dragon V2's "SuperDraco" thrusters, powerful engines that he said would be the first "fully printed" engines to be used for spacecraft.