SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Capsule takes minimalism into space : TreeHugger

We show a lot of tiny, minimalist and mobile spaces on TreeHugger, but the Elon Musk’s SpaceX has built the tiniest minimalist and definitely most mobile we have ever shown.

SpaceX display© SpaceX

It’s a bit jarring; we are all so used to those photos of cockpits covered in buttons and switches and dials and gauges, so many and so confusing that in Apollo 13 Jack Swigert stuck a piece of paper over the module separator switch so that he wouldn’t accidentally kill anyone. Or in Gravity, Sandra Bullock is going eenie meeny miny moe to decide what button to push.

The SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule, has none of this, no giant red EJECT button, nothing but an elegant white interior and and glass displays.

display © SpaceX

The astronauts here aren’t spam in a can, they are travelling in Tesla style. There’s even a thermostat to set the most comfortable cabin temperature.

controls© SpaceX

According to the SpaceX site,

Crew Dragon was designed to be an enjoyable ride. With four windows, passengers can take in views of Earth, the Moon, and the wider Solar System right from their seats, which are made from the highest-grade carbon fiber and Alcantara cloth.

Alcantara cloth is used in high end cars and Formula One racers because it looks like suede but is light, strong and fire-resistant.

And of course, it has a window. You know what the Mercury guys had to do to get one.

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18 September 2015 | 3:22 pm – Source:


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