SpaceX Unveils New Manned Spacecraft For NASA Launches

By Dietrich Knauth (May 30, 2014, 7:24 PM EDT) -- SpaceX has already won contracts to deliver NASA cargo to the International Space Station, but it took a step toward the more ambitious goal of delivering astronauts on Thursday night, when it unveiled a new spacecraft capable of carrying seven passengers.

SpaceX recently completed the first unmanned commercial space flight to the International Space Station, using its Dragon spacecraft, setting itself up for a contract of between $1.6 billion and $3.1 billion to deliver space cargo for NASA. SpaceX's new craft modifies the Dragon for manned flight and includes improvements to the landing system and heat shield that will make the...

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