And each word is cool, cool, cool...
By popular demand, I am posting the photos that SpaceX has released regarding the Nasa COTS project. COTS stands for Commercial Orbital Transportation Services, and is intended to build a replacement for the shuttle to send cargo and people to the space station and beyond.
The project culminates in the delivery of cargo to the ISS in 2009. If that is successful, Nasa can extend the agreement to transport crew members to the ISS.
With that aside, here are the pics:
First of all, SpaceX's transportation vehicle will be a rocket, and not a replica of the shuttle.
The Rocket is the Falcon 9, and it will carry the Dragon Space Ship in its ferring, much the same as in Apollo Program. While it is not a space plane, both Falcon 9 and Dragon are fully reusable, which is a major breakthrough in launch vehicle design.
A 3D viewing of the interior of Dragon, in its cargo-carrying configuration:
How Dragon would be configured to carry crew:
How Dragon would connect with the International Space Station:
Dragon docking to the Internation Space Station:
Dragon docked to the ISS:
The part of Dragon that carries the cargo and people back to Earth:
The crew configuration for return to Earth:
As I said, cool, cool, cool...
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