NASA has been entirely dependent on Russia's Soyuz spacecraft to get American astronauts to and from the space station since the agency retired its space shuttle fleet in 2011. This comes at a cost of around $71 million per person. The need for private "space taxis" has become even more crucial as tensions between the U.S. and Russia continue to run high over the crisis in Ukraine. The new capsule is a big leap forward in technology. Dragon will be "able to land anywhere on Earth with the accuracy of a helicopter" and is "designed to be fully reusable," Musk said at the media event. The interior of the spacecraft is sleek. It seems very minimal with clean lines. Musk is facing the control panel in the photo below. At the center of the panel are all the manual buttons. These have critical functions that would be used in emergency situations, Musk said. via Yahoo Finance.
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