SpaceX unveils new Dragon V2 spacecraft

New SpaceX spacecraft, Dragon V2 (NBC)
New SpaceX spacecraft, Dragon V2 (NBC)

HAWTHORNE Calif. (NBC/SpaceX) — The man behind SpaceX has revealed that company’s newest spacecraft.

Thursday evening, Billionaire Elon Musk took the wraps off the Dragon V2.

The spacecraft is designed to ferry up to seven astronauts to the International Space Station.

The cone-headed craft is reusable, which will cut down on costs and open up opportunities for space exploration.

Musk says the spaceship should be ready by 2017.

SpaceX is one of several private companies competing to build “space taxis” for NASA to replace the retired space shuttle fleet.

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