Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Techy Tuesday - Equal Time: Inside SpaceX's Manned Capsule

Back in July, I ran a piece on what the Orion capsule is going to look like inside.  Tonight we get a peek inside the manned version of the SpaceX Dragon capsule

In a word: artsy.  Design in the artistic sense.  Gleaming white, matte-finished metal and graphite.  A preview:
Go see the SpaceX corporate site for the Crew Dragon craft.

Crew Dragon has several similarities to the Orion capsule, but SpaceX is clearly way ahead in the visualization and modeling phase.  It looks like a real artist or master product designer was involved.  Something like whoever designed the iPhone vs. me, for instance. 


  1. The Orion, like the camel, was designed by a committee. Musk, on the other hand, has some shit-hot engineers and designers at Space-X, unlike the government drones/employees at NASA.

  2. I don't see this being a feasible design in the near term; there is not enough allowance for controls and gauges. Maybe once all the computers are checked out and trusted this design becomes feasible, but until then computers won't be trusted to everything so humans will need to be able to do many things manually.