Elon Musk SpaceX release Dragon V2. US paid Russia $71M to send ONE astronaut to ISS
Elon Musk’s SpaceX has just released the latest spacecraft Dragon V2. It can shuttle back and forth between Earth and the International Space Station (ISS) and transport up to seven astronauts. Currently, the only shuttle Russian Soyuz to go back and forth to ISS can only carry three astronauts. Dragon V2 is the space version of the Tesla electric car! NASA hopes Dragon V2 can achieve manned flight in 2017~18. NASA has just paid Russian more than US$71 million to send ONE astronaut to the ISS!
SpaceX Unveils Dragon V2 Spaceship, a Manned Space Taxi for Astronauts
May 30, 2014 Space.com
Elon Musk, the billionaire entrepreneur behind the private spaceflight company SpaceX, unveiled his firm’s latest innovation — the Dragon V2 manned spaceship —Thursday night (May 29) in a stylish debut for the 21st-century space taxi for astronauts.
SpaceX’s Dragon Version 2 spaceship is designed to be reusable. Image released May 29, 2014.Pin It SpaceX’s Dragon Version 2 spaceship is designed to be reusable. Image released May 29, 2014.
SpaceX’s Dragon Version 2 crewed spacecraft has a sleek interior design, complete with a large tablet-like computer that swivels down in front of the capsule’s tan leather seats. The manned space capsule can ferrying up to seven astronauts to and from destinations like the International Space Station, Musk said during the reveal, which SpaceX webcast live online from its headquarters in Hawthorne, California.
“I think it’s really a big leap forward in technology,” Musk said. “It really takes things to the next level.”
SpaceX Dragon V2 Launch
The new SpaceX Dragon V2 seems to be an amazing machine, capable of transporting seven astronauts to orbit and then soft-land anywhere on Earth using thrusters and retractile legs—with the accuracy of an helicopter. Elon Musk claims that they will be able to refuel it and launch it again right away.
NASA Pays Russians $71 Million to Send American Astronaut into Space
March 26, 2014
The Wire reports:
Early tomorrow morning, NASA astronaut Steve Swanson will hitch a ride to the International Space Station aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft, costing the federal agency a cool $70.7 million that will surely end up in the Kremlin’s coffers. So you can understand get why they’re not taking this whole Western sanctions thing so seriously.
Swanson will join cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Oleg Artemyev on the journey, which will deliver to them to the ISS. They will join a team of three, NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio, cosmonauts Mikhail Yurin and JAXA astronaut Koichi Wakata. NASA secured Swanson’s space on the mission in April of last year, when NASA agreed to pay Russia a total of $424 million for six space tickets through 2017.
President Obama cancelled NASA’s $9 billion space program in 2010, which was set to build three new shuttles.
“To people who are working on these programs, this is like a death in the family,” NASA chief Charles Bolden said at the time.
Bolden has expressed concern about relying on the Russians for space missions, and others are worried that current tensions with the country could leave American astronauts stranded in space.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said it is “embarrassing that the United States has to thumb rides from the Russians.”
“We’re being forced to pay over $70 million dollars per seat to the Russians just to go to the Space Station and they have us over a barrel,” he said. “Being at Putin’s mercy is not a good place to be.”
Dragon V2 Logo may be an stylized capsule from the front. Here it is a comparison with the Dragon V1 to give you an idea
Dragon V2 Logo is just a Shutterstock vector image
Dragon V2 NASA astronauts demonstrating how they would fit inside
Dragon V2 interior
Dragons dock with ISS
Dragon V2 can land on any runway on Earth