Elon Musk has unveiled a new spacecraft which is designed to take up to seven astronauts to the International Space Station. The cone-headed craft called Dragon V2 is said to be a big leap forward in technology. Several companies are competing to build `taxis` for Nasa to replace the retired space shuttle fleet and SpaceX is one of those. Since the shuttle fleet retired in 2011 Nasa has depended on Russian rockets to transport astronauts to orbit and back at a cost of $71m per seat. Naturally the space agency would rather have US companies to fill this void. They must design a spacecraft that will seat four or more and be equipped with life support systems and an escape hatch in case of emergency. Musk says this is the next step in the private-sector race to provide Nasa with transport to and from the international space station.
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