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  • And here's what the capsule looks like without all the flashing lights. It's kind of gumdrop-shaped:
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk unveiled the next version of the company's Dragon spacecraft — Dragon V2 — on Thursday night at the company's manufacturing facility in Hawthorne, California.
 
The Dragon V2 is designed to ferry NASA astronauts to and from the International Space Station. It's an upgraded version of the Dragon cargo ship, which has successfully delivered food and other supplies to the space station three times since 2012.
 
NASA has been entirely dependent on Russia's Soyuz spacecraft to get American astronauts to and from the space...
  • First SpaceX capsule to deliver to the ISS

May 5 (Bloomberg) --- Bloomberg's "The Next Space Race" is a journey through the booming business of space exploration. The International Space Station is a near zero-gravity laboratory dedicated to scientific research. The end of NASA's shuttle program in 2011 left the world with only one way to get there, buy a seat from the Russians. NASA is holding a competition challenging private enterprise to build America's next spacecraft. Boeing, SpaceX, and Sierra Nevada are all multi-billion dollar aerospace companies competing to win the NASA contract that could cement dominance in the...

The US has been sending astronauts up to the International Space Station with the aid of Russia’s Soyuz launch program since the retirement of the Space Shuttle back in 2011. It’s hard to believe it’s been three years since the US — the country that landed on the moon — has had the capability to send humans into orbit. NASA has been working to get America back into space with its Commercial Crew Program, which pushes private companies to develop replacements for the Shuttle. Long-time government contractor Boeing has just unveiled its vision for the future of human spaceflight — Crew...

For defense contractors looking for growth markets as Pentagon spending slows, the “final frontier” is looking more and more attractive.
“People really don’t understand how big a business space is. I mean, the commercial satellite market is enormous. It far dwarfs anything that’s going on in exploration,” said James Crocker, vice president of civil space at Lockheed Martin Space Systems. “There’s a lot of money to be made...

  • Boeing CTS-100 Capsule in orbit

The three firms competing to become NASA’s post-shuttle provider of astronaut transportation services under the agency’s Commercial Crew Program reported different impacts from an ongoing partial government shutdown that has furloughed NASA civil servants authorized to pay these companies for completing development milestones.

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