SpaceX’s New Space Shuttle Could Lead To Intergalactic Tourism
New spacecraft boasts features that could make space travel more common and affordable in the future.
With its original space shuttle hanging from the rafters overhead, SpaceX and its CEO Elon Musk unveiled the Dragon V2, an update to the original spacecraft that has been ferrying supplies to the International Space Station since 2012.
The biggest upgrade to this previously unmanned spacecraft is that it’s designed to carry both cargo and up to seven human passengers. However, this is not the only significant advancement it introduces. Dragon V2 is a reusable vehicle with the ability to land on solid ground (as opposed to jarring sea landings) with the precision of a helicopter and without parachutes.