The world's first space taxiBy Vika https://pictolic.com/en/article/the-worlds-first-space-taxi
Taxi to space, why not? It's possible. Two U.S. companies, rocket engine and spacecraft maker SpaceX and aircraft giant Boeing, have signed a contract to build the first-ever private spacecraft that will be able to "fly" astronauts to the International Space Station. See what the world's first space taxi looks like.
1. The contract, totaling about 6.8 billion US dollars, provides for the development of the Dragon V2 (SpaceX) and CST-100 (Boeing) spacecraft that you see in the photo. (Photo: BOB FERGUSON/Boeing photo).
2. This is what the CST-100 spacecraft looks like inside. (Photo: ELIZABETH MORRELL/Boeing image).
3. These are the airbags of the CST-100 spacecraft, which will only be used to transport people to the ISS, so it does not have the necessary equipment for further space travel. (Photo: ELIZABETH MORRELL/Boeing image).
4. The interior of the CST-100 was created in collaboration with Bigelow Aerospace. During its construction, a large amount of copper tape was used (Photo: NASA / REUTERS).
5. Visualization of the rendezvous of the CST-100 spacecraft with the International Space Station. (Photo: Boeing image).
6. Testing the parachutes of the spacecraft CST-100. (Photo: ELIZABETH MORRELL/Boeing image).
7. Astronaut Randy Breznik is preparing to enter the spacecraft CST-100. (Photo: AP).
8. And this is the interior of the Dragon V2 spacecraft at the headquarters of the manufacturer - SpaceX. (Photo: NASA/Dmitri Gerondidakis).
9. Dragon 2 was first unveiled in May at SpaceX headquarters. (Photo: NASA/Dmitri Gerondidakis).
10. The head and founder of SpaceX is the innovative engineer Elon Musk, who created Tesla Motors and the PayPal payment service. (Photo: MARIO ANZUONI/REUTERS).
11. It's interesting, it turns out that Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX, according to the director of the film "Iron Man" (Iron Man), became the real prototype of its main character - Tony Stark. (Photo: JAE C. HONG/AP)
12. The Dragon V2 ship is delivered into space by a Falcon 9 rocket. (Photo: SpaceX).
13. Dragon (previous generation) approaching the International Space Station in 2012. (Photo: NASA).
14. Falcon 9 rocket launch. (Photo: W MICHAEL HARDING/SpaceX).
15. Launch of the Falcon 9 rocket. (Photo: SpaceX).
In the near future, people will go on space travel, and we are witnessing the creation of the first private spacecraft or space taxis.