This is SpaceX’s new Dragon V2 spacecraft. And it is gorgeous.

June 15, 2016 – 01:16 pm
Musk even decided to hop inside to offer a guided tour.


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Getting in there was a little tricky, but he could stand up inside perfectly fine.


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You control this thing using a Bloomberg terminal, evidently.


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No, seriously. Can I check my stocks on that thing?


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From the heatshield to the engines, the whole design is meant to enhance the spacecraft's reusability. Once it lands back on earth, you can just fill 'er up with more fuel and she'll be ready to go again. And SpaceX is betting that that will bring down the cost of space travel dramatically.

"As long as we continue to throw away rockets and spacecraft, we will never have true access to space, " said Musk. "If aircraft were thrown away with each flight, nobody would be able to fly — or very few. The same is true of rockets and spacecraft."

Of course, even with the savings, it's likely that spaceflight will only be available to a few, select civilians for the foreseeable future. Which raises the question: Who is SpaceX going to find to fill all those seats? There aren't nearly enough billionaires on the planet to keep them full every time.

Brian Fung covers technology for The Washington Post, focusing on telecommunications and the Internet. Before joining the Post, he was the technology correspondent for National Journal and an associate editor at the Atlantic.


Source: www.washingtonpost.com

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