SpaceX has been making cargo runs to the International Space Station using unmanned vehicles for awhile now. The next step will be sending astronauts to space. And when they go, they'll be traveling in style.
Tesla's Elon Musk is the CEO and founder of SpaceX, so though the new Crew Dragon spacecraft isn't electric-powered, the technology and design are state of the art. SpaceX already had Dragon spacecraft bringing cargo to the ISS, but now the company has modified the interior for astronauts. And it looks pretty amazing. Scroll down to see SpaceX's photos (click to enlarge) and the company's captions, as well as a video.
Crew Dragon was designed to be an enjoyable ride. With four windows, passengers can take in views of earth, the moon, and the wider solar system right from their seats, which are made from the highest-grade carbon fiber and Alcantara cloth.
Crew Dragon features an advanced emergency escape system (which was tested earlier this year) to swiftly carry astronauts to safety if something were to go wrong, experiencing about the same G-forces as a ride at Disneyland.
Crew Dragon’s displays will provide real-time information on the state of the spacecraft’s capabilities – anything from Dragon’s position in space, to possible destinations, to the environment on board.
Crew Dragon has an Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) that provides a comfortable and safe environment for crew members. During their trip, astronauts on board can set the spacecraft’s interior temperature to between 65 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
Crew Dragon will be a fully autonomous spacecraft that can also be monitored and controlled by onboard astronauts and SpaceX mission control in Hawthorne, California.
Here's the video of Crew Dragon from SpaceX: