Welcome aboard the Crew Dragon, SpaceX’s futuristic capsule which will likely be the first commercial spacecraft to carry humans to the International Space Station in 2017. Not only will the astronauts on that maiden voyage make history, they will be riding in style.
SpaceX released the first images of the interior design Friday, which it’s currently finalizing. The photos reveal four windows, through which passengers can see the Earth and the Moon and the Great Beyond. According to SpaceX, the Crew Dragon will use thrusters to land, enabling it to “land propulsively on Earth or another planet with the precision of a helicopter, making possible interplanetary trips that would otherwise be constrained by ocean landings.”
Interplanetary trips might be a bit far off, but that all sounds grand.
The gumdrop-shaped capsule is about 20 feet tall and 12 feet in diameter. This sounds very small when you consider that it’s meant to hold as many as seven astronauts at a time. (In comparison, the Russian Soyuz can only fit three). A trip to the ISS, thankfully, takes only six hours. If those photos didn’t reignite your childhood dreams of becoming an astronaut, let this dramatic video do it for you: