SpaceX Shows a New Look at Their Dragon Capsule and Uniforms

Tuesday, 20 March 2018 - 8:27PM
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Tuesday, 20 March 2018 - 8:27PM
SpaceX Shows a New Look at Their Dragon Capsule and Uniforms
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SpaceX has been having a great year so far (minus a couple slip ups), and they're on great track to reach their current goals.

Now that SpaceX has successfully flown their advanced Falcon Heavy rocket, and is preparing to fly their more advanced BFR (officially short for "Big Falcon Rocket" but Musk unofficially jokes about it being the "Big F*****g Rocket"), they'll need to start putting astronauts in them soon. At least, if they plan to reach their goals of landing humans on Mars by 2024.

And they'll likely do that using the Dragon Capsule they've been working on for some time, and which have fancy sci-fi inspired uniforms. In a recent presentation at the MIT Media Lab, they showed off previous footage of the Dragon Capsule - or at least, the cargo version, not the upcoming crew version - docking with the International Space Station, before looking more at the interior and the uniforms.

You can see it toward the end of SpaceX's recent highlight reel, which they played during a presentation at the MIT Media Lab



If the uniform looks especially familiar, that's because it was being worn by the "Starman" dummy who sat at the wheel of the Tesla which was launched into space aboard the Falcon Heavy rocket. So besides being a rather silly maneuver, it was hinting at how actual SpaceX astronauts will look.

Currently, the BFR should be starting some tests next year, with orbital launches perhaps in 2020. By then, SpaceX's goal is to send an unmanned rocket to Mars by 2022 and the first manned rocket to Mars by 2024.

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