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SpaceX Shows Off Dragon V2, Its Brand New Manned Space Capsule

 

 

 

 

 

 

” At an evening event in the SpaceX Headquarters on Thursday night, CEO and founder Elon Musk revealed the Dragon V2 space capsule, a next-generation version of SpaceX’s current Dragon capsule that will be able to ferry up to seven crew members and cargo to the International Space Station (ISS) and eventually to other destinations. The capsule is reusable, and will be able to make a controlled landing “with the precision of a helicopter” upon re-entry. 

  The capsule, which has been in development for several years with help from NASA, will be a part of a new generation of commercial space vehicles since the US shuttered its own shuttle program in 2011. Currently, NASA pays Russia around $71 million a head to taxi astronauts to and from the ISS on Soyuz vehicles.

  Tonight, Musk told the press that his company foresees being able to send astronauts to the ISS and back for around $20 million per seat.

  Musk added that depending on how many flights SpaceX is able to launch, that cost-per-head number could come down significantly to where it could “potentially get into the single-digit-million figure.”

  NASA has publicly stated that it wants a commercial space vehicle to be ready for prime time by 2017; Musk told Ars tonight that NASA is being characteristically cautious: “from a SpaceX standpoint we expect to be ready to transport crew by 2016,” he said. “We feel fairly confident that we’ll be ready in two years.” When the Dragon V2 does launch, it’ll launch from the historic pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center, which SpaceX recently signed a 20-year lease for.”

 

Ars Technica has much more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9 Amazing Places To See On Google Street View Right Now

 

 

 

 

” Google’s six-year-old project aims to give a complete, 360-degree perspective of our world, and thanks to some adventurous Street View trekkers, we get full access to some pretty weird, remote, and otherworldly places.”

 

Car Museums

 

 

Google Lamborghini

 

 

” Last week, Lamborghini opened its doors to allow Google to tour its exclusive museum in Bologna, Italy. The show floor is filled with modern, concept, and classic Lambos such as the 1968 Islero and the 1969 Muira. Every open door is also an invitation to get behind the wheel as the camera mapped interiors of each vehicle as well. Without a couple hundred thousand dollars to part with, that’s a rare experience. 

Although a little less luxurious, Google also got a look inside the Honda Collection museum in Tochigi, Japan. The three-story building showcases more than just autos—it is a microcosm of the company’s 50-year history. Honda is the second Japanese automaker to embrace Street View exposure, as Mazda’s museum in Hiroshima was mapped back in March.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Obama Sandy Aid Bill Filled With Holiday Goodies Unrelated To Storm Damage

 

 

 

 

” President Obama’s $60.4 billion request for Hurricane Sandy relief has morphed into a huge Christmas stocking of goodies for federal agencies and even the state of Alaska, The Post has learned.

The pork-barrel feast includes more than $8 million to buy cars and equipment for the Homeland Security and Justice departments. It also includes a whopping $150 million for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to dole out to fisheries in Alaska and $2 million for the Smithsonian Institution to repair museum roofs in DC.

An eye-popping $13 billion would go to “mitigation” projects to prepare for future storms.

Other big-ticket items in the bill include $207 million for the VA Manhattan Medical Center; $41 million to fix up eight military bases along the storm’s path, including Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; $4 million for repairs at Kennedy Space Center in Florida; $3.3 million for the Plum Island Animal Disease Center and $1.1 million to repair national cemeteries.

Budget watchdogs have dubbed the 94-page emergency-spending bill “Sandy Scam.”