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SpaceX unveils reuseable manned spacecraft

HAWTHORNE, CA -  Billionaire Elon Musk Thursday night took the wraps off a new spacecraft designed to ferry up to seven astronauts to the International Space Station.
The module, called the Dragon V2, is a "big leap forward in technology," Musk said.  It can land anywhere on Earth, land or sea, with the accuracy of a helicopter and then be ready to fly again as soon as it's refueled.
That should revolutionize the economics of space travel and cargo flights.
The Dragon V2 feature propulsion landing, but has a parachute as a backup.

SpaceX is one of several private companies competing to build "space taxis'' for NASA to replace the retired space shuttle fleet. It previously flew four cargo missions to the space station, delivering food and supplies.
NASA has been relying on Russian Soyuz rockets to carry astronauts to low-Earth orbit until a commercial spacecraft is ready to take over the task.
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