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Watch SpaceX CEO Elon Musk unveil his first manned spacecraft

Paypal billionaire and low-key mad scientist Elon Musk is set to unveil SpaceX’s first commercial astronaut ferry, the Dragon V2, at 7pm PT. Version 1.0 of the Dragon became the first commercial spacecraft to deliver goods to the International Space Station.

In addition to pioneering commercial space travel, this spacecraft could help America’s space program work through it’s rocky relationship with the Russian government. The U.S. currently shells out $70 million per seat on the Russian Soyuz rocket. But, as Cold War-era tensions between Vladimir Putin and President Obama rise, NASA will need a friendlier ride to space. After Deputry Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin joked that NASA would have to resort to trampolines, Musk tweeted:

The Dragon V2 will reportedly have enough room to for both cargo and seven brave astronauts. We could speculate more, but we’ll have more details about the space hardware soon enough.

8 comments
Adam Leslie
Adam Leslie

Printed engines? Incredible display. They thought of everything along with redundancy built in to protect astronauts and the renewable craft. Amazing!

Rob Ashcom
Rob Ashcom

Oh hell yeah. The interior! The control panel!

Brian Ortencio
Brian Ortencio

so Sandra Bullock can man this thing without batting an eyelash?