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Video and pictures of SpaceX’s new spaceship. It looks like the future

Elon Musk unveiled SpaceX’s first manned commercial spacecraft today — and it looks like the future. The Dragon V2 is an upgrade from the first commercial spacecraft to bring cargo to the International Space Station. In addition to manned flight, it has a few big aims.

First and foremost, it’s cheaper. The rocket is designed to touch down “anywhere in the world.” Musk says there shouldn’t be a need to toss away rockets after each use like a Q-Tip. “If aircraft were thrown out after each flight, no one would be able to fly”.

The design looks like something out of a movie. Musk says the cockpit designers went for “something very clean, something very simple”. The control panel flips down like a car visor, and all of the emergency buttons are within arm’s reach.

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Here’s a video mockup of what the undocking and landing will look like (starts at 4:14). Or, feel free can watch Musk’s presentation yourself. Geek out as needed.

29 comments
Vse Zashibiz
Vse Zashibiz

i think this is a fake prototype. the chairs, the controls will not survive gravity acceleration...look at his body curve in the seat - his neck will break at takeoff... it looks more like amusement park cabin.

Scott Meyer
Scott Meyer

I gotta be honest... it looks too Hollywood I'd like to know more about the backup systems and redundancy. I see high def flat panels but what about analog gauges and mechanical switches to protect the pilots in the event of electronics failure or glitches?

gabz Gabi
gabz Gabi

Really awesome we need more people in this world like Elon and Jobs.

Claudia Artz
Claudia Artz

Kiki Lauwers, Pim Hilbers, Marcel Otten, Nick Ramsay, Pim Altena. Coming close...?

David Rout
David Rout

He's come a long way since Zip2 - enjoyed working there.

Jason Bern
Jason Bern

A grand shoutout to VentureBeat for this one. This is by far the most inspiring product launch since Jobs' very last several years ago.

Brandon Carbaugh
Brandon Carbaugh

 Where the hell does that tiny little lander carry enough fuel to boost to a safe stop on the ground, from orbit, with NO PARACHUTES?

Kieran Taylor
Kieran Taylor

I'd like the caption if you didn't have to use the Lord's name as some sort of punctuation mark/effect

Jeremy E. Simpson
Jeremy E. Simpson

Am I the only one who believes we need to examine/evolve our launch process?

Emir E. Uckan
Emir E. Uckan

Roaarr Dragoonn !!.. uhmm, no, it's like just ear of panda .. :D

Ben Tzu
Ben Tzu

looks like utterly gash CGI

Michael Pang
Michael Pang

It looks like a booger. I miss the space shuttle. 




Chris Mak
Chris Mak

now thats a one way spaceship if Ive ever seen one

David Adams
David Adams

Who cares? The LEM looked like a toaster.

Ashish Arora
Ashish Arora

For a sec i thought the pic was rom one os upcoming sci-fi movies

Tom LeBeau
Tom LeBeau

Looks pretty similar to "die glocke"

Andrew Stover
Andrew Stover

Ok, VB. I'll give you that one. That's a good caption.