spaceX's fully reusable manned spaceship features 3D printed rocket engine spaceX's fully reusable manned spaceship features 3D printed rocket engine
may 30, 2014

spaceX's fully reusable manned spaceship features 3D printed rocket engine

spaceX dragon v2, a fully re-usable manned spacecraft with 3D printed rocket engine
all images courtesy spaceX

 

 

 

during a live launch event in california, founder and CEO elon musk unveiled the ‘dragon V2’, spaceX’s first manned commercial spacecraft. unlike the ‘dragon’, which was designed to deliver cargo to-and-from the ISS (internation space station), the latest vessel is capable of carrying up to seven astronauts to orbiting destinations in space. the ‘dragon V2’ has also made a leap in technology, including autonomous docking and landing with an innovating propulsion system. the fully re-usable spacecraft will also feature ‘superdraco’ thrusters, 3D printed titanium engines that produce approximately 32,000 pounds of thrust when paired together.

dragon V2: spaceX's first manned spacecraft features 3D printed engine

 

 

inside the cockpit, the ‘dragon v2’ minimizes clutter with a clean and simple overall aesthetic, equipped with touch interfaces; as the pilot you can interact with the overhead screen, and control the spacecraft with a palm-sized handle. in the case of a system failure, all the switches needed for emergency have been configured for manual operation.

 

 

demonstration of the dragon V2 spacecraft
video courtesy spaceX

dragon V2: spaceX's first manned spacecraft features 3D printed engine

detail of the dragon V2 spacecraft

 

 


elon musk speaks during the live launch event in california

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