On May 19, Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) plans to launch its Dragon cargo capsule, an unmanned spacecraft that will carry more than 1,000 pounds of food, water and other supplies to the International Space Station.
If all goes according to plan (the flight is already running about three months behind schedule) this would make SpaceX the first commercial company to send a spacecraft to the orbiting outpost in an attempt to fill the void left by NASA’s retired space shuttle program.
Although Dragon is currently only contracted to fly 12 cargo-only missions to the ISS, NASA astronauts got to try out the accommodations inside a test version of the spacecraft for when it may eventually carry crew members.
According to NASA:
SpaceX said the spacecraft’s seats are mounted to strong, yet lightweight, supporting structures that are attached to the pressure vessel walls. Each seat has a liner that could be custom-fitted for an individual crew member and could support an adult weighing up to 250 pounds and measuring 6-feet, 5-inches tall.
The craft allows seating for seven and has additional space for three others to stand, which is apparently much more room than the Apollo-era capsules.
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