Watch Live Here – SpaceX Founder Elon Musk Unveils Manned “Dragon V2” Spaceship on May 29

April 21, 2017 – 10:45 pm

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with Dragon cargo capsule bound for the ISS launched from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral, FL. File photo. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com“SpaceX’s new Dragon V2 spacecraft is a next generation spacecraft designed to carry astronauts into space, ” says SpaceX.

“Cover drops on May 29. Actual flight design hardware of crew Dragon, not a mockup, ” Musk tweeted recently to build anticipation.

Dragon is among a trio of US private sector manned spaceships being developed with seed money from NASA’s Commercial Crew Program in a public/private partnership to develop a next-generation crew transportation vehicle to ferry astronauts to and from the ISS by 2017 – a capability totally lost following the space shuttle’s forced retirement in 2011.

The Boeing CST-100 and Sierra Nevada Dream Chaser ‘space taxis’ are also vying for funding in the next round of contracts to be awarded by NASA around late summer 2014.

The gumdrop-shaped ‘Dragon V2’ is an upgraded, man rated version of the unmanned Dragon spaceship that will carry a mix of cargo and up to a seven crewmembers to the International Space Station (ISS).

Stay tuned here for Ken’s continuing SpaceX, Boeing, Sierra Nevada, Orbital Sciences, commercial space, Orion, Mars rover, MAVEN, MOM and more planetary and human spaceflight news.

Dragon V2 – SpaceX’s next generation spacecraft designed to carry astronauts to space. Credit: SpaceX SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk briefs reporters including Ken Kremer/Universe Today in Cocoa Beach,  FL prior to SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blastoff with SES-8 communications satellite on Dec 3,  2013 from Cape Canaveral,  FL. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com spaceX May 29 event SpaceX Dragon cargo freighter berthed to the International Space Station during recently concluded SpaceX-3 mission in May 2014.  An upgraded, manrated version will carry US astronauts to space in the next two to three years.  Credit: NASA

Source: www.universetoday.com

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