The Crew Dragon capsule has four viewing windows and includes carbon fiber and Alcantara cloth seats designed for “an enjoyable ride." (SpaceX)
The future is here, or that’s how it seems while taking in the newly released images of SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule.Crew Dragon is designed to be the first private spacecraft to take humans to the International Space Station and beyond. The Dragon capsule was the first commercial craft to deliver cargo to the Space Station in 2012.The sleek black and white design with four windows includes carbon fiber and Alcantara cloth seats designed for “an enjoyable ride,” according to SpaceX. An Environmental control and Life Support System will keep interior temperatures between 65 and 80 degrees.
Crew Dragon will have the emergency escape system the company tested in May 2015, carrying travelers to safety should something go wrong. The emergency escape system will give astronauts the “same G-forces as a ride at Disneyland,” according to the release.
SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk declared the system test in May a success after the Dragon was launched upward to about 5,000 feet in six seconds from the launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and recovered later by boats.
The spacecraft will be monitored and controlled by both on board astronauts and SpaceX mission control.
The capsule was unveiled a day after Musk appeared as a guest on the ‘Late Show with Stephen Colbert’. Musk made some bold statements about the future of space travel, including the possible idea of warming Mars for human habitation by dropping a nuclear bomb on the planet’s poles.
The “real Tony Stark” said SpaceX hopes to start sending astronauts to space within the next few years.