The first spacecraft that feels from the future will blast off soon

SpaceX just got its first crewed spaceship contract from NASA for the Crew Dragon spacecraft and it’s set to bring us back to space on American spaceships after so many years without. Along with the Boeing Starliner, the Crew Dragon will start making crewed space flights in 2017. For reference, the last flight of the Atlantis was in 2011. So it’s been a while!

The SpaceX Crew Dragon (and the Boeing Starliner) will let NASA make its own flights to the ISS and end America’s reliance on Russia’s Soyuz.

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I am incredibly fond of the Dragon capsules. Sleek, stylish, and dripping with tech it is definitely the Tesla roadster of space.

I also admire NASA strategy, they contract out the highly visible and wild while they sit in an underfunded corner and quietly develop the Orion, the Space Winnebago of long range travel.