This unaltered image was captured at Beale Air Force Base, CA, in the late 1980’s. All of the subjects wearing pressurized flight suits are actual pilots or back-seat reconnaissance systems officers. Not pictured: Behind the photographer, Eric Schulzinger, were special transport vans, oxygen canisters and @officialusairforce.
SpaceX Dragon V2. The future is now.
- First crewed flight could happen as soon as mid-2016
- Spacecraft can carry seven passengers to the ISS and back
- Dragon V2 can “just refuel with propellant, and fly again”
- The Dragon V2 can autonomously dock with ISS
- Dragon V2 is able to land anywhere on Earth with the “accuracy of a helicopter”
- Each of the Dragon V2′s engines can produce about 16,000 pounds of thrust
- Features the first ever 3D printed spacecraft engines
- Spacecraft can loose two of it’s propulsive landing engines and still land safely