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SpaceX Dragon V2 spacecraft unveiled by Elon Musk (pictures)

Elon Musk has just unveiled the second-generation Dragon space capsule, the V2. It seats seven comfortably and could be flying soon.

Tim Stevens
Tim Stevens got his start writing professionally while still in school in the mid '90s, and since then has covered topics ranging from business process management to video game development to automotive technology.
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SpaceX Dragon V2

The Dragon V1, SpaceX's first spacecraft.

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SpaceX Dragon V2

Elon Musk took the stage to unveil the V2.

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SpaceX Dragon V2

Here it is, the Dragon v2 spacecraft.

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SpaceX Dragon V2

The V2 uses many of the same engines that the first Dragon used, plus a series of SuperDraco engines that enable it to land like a helicopter -- a rocket-powered helicopter.

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SpaceX Dragon V2

The door, with a chrome handle, no less.

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SpaceX Dragon V2

SpaceX has been a bit of a passion for Mr. Musk, who spoke excitedly about the potential for commercial space flight.

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SpaceX Dragon V2

The Dragon 2 seats seven lucky space travelers.

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SpaceX Dragon V2

A ladder was rolled out, and Mr. Musk took a seat inside.

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SpaceX Dragon V2

A series of LCDs inside show the pilot and crew all the needed information about the capsule.

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SpaceX Dragon V2

One of the Draco engines on display.

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SpaceX Dragon V2

The futuristic control panel inside the V2.

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SpaceX Dragon V2

This is what one of the seats looks like, all carbon fiber to save weight.

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SpaceX Dragon V2

While the displays are touchscreens, physical buttons are provided for crucial tasks.

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SpaceX Dragon V2

Yes, there's a joystick, too.

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SpaceX Dragon V2

Seats seven in spartan luxury.

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SpaceX Dragon V2

Accomodations are somewhat lacking, but we imagine the view will more than make up for that.

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