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At a press conference following the successful touchdown of a SpaceX’s Dragon resupply mission to the International Space Station, CEO Elon Musk said that Dragon 2 will look like “a real alien spaceship” and be capable of propulsive touchdowns on land. Musk also said at the briefing that SpaceX will attempt a water landing of its Falcon 9 rocket later this year — another key step towards reusable, cheaper spaceflight. Not a whole lot is known about Dragon 2. We have known for a while about DragonRider, a crewed version of Dragon, but there has never been a specific timeline for its launch. Judging by Musk’s remarks, reported by Parabolic Arc, it seems that Dragon 2 will be an upgraded version of the uncrewed Dragon spacecraft — and later, Dragon 2 will be upgraded to become the crewed DragonRider. According to Musk, Dragon 2 will have larger windows for astronauts to see outside, and “landing legs that pop out of the bottom” and “side-mounted thruster pods” to allow for propulsive landings on land. “It looks kind of like a real alien spaceship,” he says. SpaceX hopes that touching down on land will allow it to conduct missions at a faster tempo. (See: How SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft docks with the International Space Station.) (via SpaceX: Dragon 2 will look like ‘a real alien spaceship’ | ExtremeTech)

At a press conference following the successful touchdown of a SpaceX’s Dragon resupply mission to the International Space Station, CEO Elon Musk said that Dragon 2 will look like “a real alien spaceship” and be capable of propulsive touchdowns on land. Musk also said at the briefing that SpaceX will attempt a water landing of its Falcon 9 rocket later this year — another key step towards reusable, cheaper spaceflight. Not a whole lot is known about Dragon 2. We have known for a while about DragonRider, a crewed version of Dragon, but there has never been a specific timeline for its launch. Judging by Musk’s remarks, reported by Parabolic Arc, it seems that Dragon 2 will be an upgraded version of the uncrewed Dragon spacecraft — and later, Dragon 2 will be upgraded to become the crewed DragonRider. According to Musk, Dragon 2 will have larger windows for astronauts to see outside, and “landing legs that pop out of the bottom” and “side-mounted thruster pods” to allow for propulsive landings on land. “It looks kind of like a real alien spaceship,” he says. SpaceX hopes that touching down on land will allow it to conduct missions at a faster tempo. (See: How SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft docks with the International Space Station.) (via SpaceX: Dragon 2 will look like ‘a real alien spaceship’ | ExtremeTech)

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    holy crap guys SpaceX is building the Normandy.
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    Oh god, the future is here.
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