Image: Dragon's crew accommodations

May 10, 2012
Image Credit: SpaceX

Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has finished an important evaluation of a prototype Dragon spacecraft designed to carry people into orbit. This key milestone is part of SpaceX's partnership with NASA under a funded Space Act Agreement to advance the design of crew transportation vehicles.

The primary goal of the tests was to determine whether the layout will allow astronauts to maneuver effectively in the vehicle. Several veteran space shuttle astronauts and conducted the evaluation during a pair of two-day-long reviews.

On top, from left, are NASA Crew Survival Engineering Team Lead Dustin Gohmert, NASA astronauts Tony Antonelli and Eric Boe, and SpaceX Mission Operations Engineer Laura Crabtree. On bottom, from left, are Thermal Engineer Brenda Hernandez and NASA astronauts Rex Walheim and Tim Kopra.

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Lex Talonis
1 / 5 (1) May 10, 2012
Nice to see there is no room for pressure suits in case of a leak....

5000 Kmh BB sized chunk of debree - bye bye astronauts.
Lex Talonis
1 / 5 (1) May 10, 2012
Nice to see there is no room for pressure suits in case of a leak....

5000Kmh BB sized chunk of debree - "pop" - wheeze, gasp, bye bye astronauts.
Vendicar_Decarian
5 / 5 (1) May 11, 2012
Spam in a can.
Lex Talonis
1 / 5 (1) May 11, 2012
If getting shot with a conventional rifle is bad....

Hmmmmmmm I wonder what the effects would be of getting hit with something wayyyyyyyyyyyy faster would be?

Like your space craft if orbiting at 5000K an hour in one direction and a base ball sized meteor, also doing 5000K an hour was coming from the opposite direction and it say... went straight through 3 of the 6 astronauts....

Has anyone ever done any ballistics gel tests at these astronomically high impact speeds?