DENVER BUSINESS JOURNAL - Space Exploration Technologies Corp.(also known as SpaceX) has unveiled its response to Boeing Co.'s proposed space capsule, revealing a strong aesthetic component that rivals that of Boeing's capsule, as the companies compete to be selected by NASA later this year.
Those two capsules -- SpaceX's Falcon 9 and Boeing's CST-100 -- are vying with Louisville-based Sierra Nevada Corp. Space Systems' Dream Chaser space plane to be chosen by NASA to lift people to the International Space Station as the nation moves toward replacing U.S. dependence on the Russian Soyuz capsules.
The issue of finding a replacement for the Soyuz has gotten more pressing in recent months, as U.S.-Russian relations have eroded over issues with the Ukraine.
The SpaceX Dragon 2 capsule, introduced by CEO Elon Musk Thursday at the company's Hawthorne, California, headquarters, seemed to have lots of almost art deco touches. Its interior walls were a patterned metal surface like looked like a Victorian metal ceiling, while the seats were very minimalist with tan padding.
By contrast, the Boeing CST-100 capsule, unveiled April 30 in Las Vegas, is purely futuristic, with a color scheme and some design themes that seem to parallel those of the 787 Dreamliner.
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