SpaceX, one of the private US space transportation company from California. Founded in 2002 by former PayPal entrepreneur and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk. SpaceX just bagged one of the biggest order from NASA for more than 7 Billion along with Boeing.
American Astronauts will soon get new ride in to space with US build SpaceX Dragon version 2.It will be end of an era for NASA. If all goes according to plan, the SpaceX and Boeing will reduce or end NASA’s dependence on Russian made Soyuz capsule.
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden told reporters today,
“Today’s announcement sets the stage for what promises to be the most ambitious and exciting chapter in the history of NASA and human spaceflight,”
SpaceX Dragon Version 2
SpaceX unveiled its Dragon Version 2 spacecraft, the next generation spacecraft designed to carry astronauts to Earth orbit and beyond in 30th may 2014.
SpaceX Dragon version 2 spacecraft will be capable of carrying up to seven crew members, landing propulsively almost anywhere on Earth, and refueling and flying again for rapid re usability. As a modern, 21st century manned spacecraft, Dragon v2 will revolutionize access to space.
SpaceX Dragon comes with Eight engines on the sides to produce a 120,000 pounds of axial thrust to carry astronauts to safety should an emergency occur during launch.
Another advantage of Dragon is that, It can be landed on any planet with the precision of a helicopter, making possible interplanetary trips that would otherwise be constrained by ocean landings.
SpaceX Dragon version 2 can be reused and flown multiple times, drastically lowering the cost of space travel. SpaceX Dragon can hold 7 passengers,includes an Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) that provides a comfortable environment for crew members.
Dragon v2 builds on SpaceX’s track record of successfully delivering critical cargo and science experiments to the space station for NASA. I hope in coming years we will hear more from SpaceX.