nuclear poop = rocket fuel …. i keep telling people, we are almost off this rock …. yeah, i probably would have been on those viking ships too … past life theme. =)
Not too long ago, the idea of a commercially-built craft that could carry people back and forth into space was but a sci-fi pipedream.
Tonight, SpaceX revealed a spacecraft built to do just that.
Called the Dragon V2, the craft is built to carry up to 7 passengers (or fewer passengers, with cargo) into orbit and up to the International Space Station. According to SpaceX co-founder Elon Musk, it’ll be able to return and “land anywhere on earth with the accuracy of a helicopter“.
“The reason that this is really import,” said Musk, “is that it allows rapid reusability of the spacecraft. You just refill the propellant, and go again… Imagine if aircrafts were thrown away after each flight; no one could afford to fly.””
SpaceX had previously shown Dragon V1, a smaller, unmanned version of this craft meant primarily for testing and, in a few cases, sending…
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