Peak Into America’s First Private Spaceship [Pics]

Peak Into America’s First Private Spaceship [Pics]

SpaceX provide a look inside their Dragon spacecraft as they carry out a crew test with NASA astronauts.

Emma Hutchings
  • 20 march 2012

SpaceX recently completed a crew test as part of its work to build a cabin for the Dragon spacecraft. Engineers gained valuable feedback from the NASA astronauts and industry experts who tested the prototype, which is fitted with seven seats and representations of crew accomodations such as lighting, environmental control and life support systems, displays and cargo racks.

The seven seats are mounted to strong but lightweight supporting structures attached to the pressure vessel walls. Each seat can hold an adult who is up to 6 feet 5 inches tall and weighs 250 lbs. They also have liners that are custom-fit for each crewmember. With all seven people in their seats, the Dragon has enough interior space for three more people to stand and assist
the crew with their launch preparations.

During the daylong test, human factors assessments were carried out, which covered entering and exiting the Dragon under both normal and contingency cases, as well as reach and visibility evaluations. Click through the photos to see inside the spacecraft:



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