News Here be Dragons: SpaceX reveals manned Dragon design

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Well.....maybe I'm the only one who is feeling that the reaction before the public revealing event is a bit, um, hyperbole? :p

Anyway we need a central thread to cover this (not in the least because add-on developers for a next generation SpaceX add-on needs to take notes!) so.....it's here! :tiphat:

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It's 7:05 PM, 5 minutes after the event is supposed to start. I think the unveil has been scrubbed.
 

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It's 7:05 PM, 5 minutes after the event is supposed to start. I think the unveil has been scrubbed.
Dragon V2 Unveil

Nah......

Jeff Foust @jeff_foust · 6m

Expect the #DragonV2 event to last about 45 minutes.

Jeff Foust @jeff_foust · 8m

The #DragonV2 event is going to start a little late, we’re told.
 

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That was supposed to be a joke... aw, you took it seriously.

"A little late" is vague; it's been 13 minutes so far.

Well....maybe there's a helium leak and Elon Musk will come out speaking like Donald Duck inside the Dragon. :rofl:

Anyway....

Jeff Foust ‏@jeff_foust
What’s behind the curtain… #DragonV2 pic.twitter.com/Od04xsqTCr

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Twenty minutes in and all we get is a silhouette. SpaceX deserves an award for delaying everything.

IT'S STARTING, 21 MINUTES LATE. WOOHOO.

Huh, the design is quite different.
 
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And here it is!

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Oval windows remind me of Kankoh-maru

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It's a mockup...he said actual flight hardware in the tweet...

But...dat Dragon 2! :) A few people on NSF were surprisingly dead-on about its design
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Why did the trunk have fins? More solar array space?
 

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Nothing about when it would fly.
 

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What made you think it's a mock-up?

Completely reasonable question. I assume it is because it looks like it is. It just looks a lot like a mockup. I expected it to be in a clean room or just a pressure vessel, I was definitely surprised...

In any case, I have now seen flight hardware...
 
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