Space capsules have always been made for practicality, and reliability but not for looks. However, Elon Musk’s SpaceX is competing with Boeing to be the first private company to take space travel to a whole new level.
SpaceX has released new images of the interior of its “Crew Dragon.” The spacecraft has been designed to carry astronauts to the International Space Station.
The ships interior is “designed to be an enjoyable ride,” says California-based SpaceX.
Crew Dragon the interior:
The company said in a statement: “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.”
The seats are made up of high-grade carbon fibre, and Alcantara cloth. The ship also has a climate-control system, which the occupants can set between 65 degrees and 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
SpaceX wrote: “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.”
Boeing: The next 100 years of flight starts here:
NASA has awarded contracts to SpaceX, and Boeing for the manufacture, and operation of vehicles. The capsules will be used to ferry U.S. personnel to, and from the ISS. The transportation vehicles will be a first in U.S. commercial space flights.
NASA, and the two competing commercial companies have an agreement that on the initial flights at least one member of the two person crew will be a NASA astronaut, so they can be “on board to verify the fully-integrated rocket, and spacecraft system can launch, maneuver in orbit, and dock to the space station as well as validate all systems perform as expected, and land safely,” NASA said in a statement.
SpaceX wrote: “Dragon made history in 2012 when it became the first commercial (which was un-crewed) spacecraft to deliver cargo to the space station, but Dragon was also designed from the beginning to carry people, and today SpaceX is finalizing the necessary refinements to make that a reality.”