SpaceX's Dragon V2 Manned Spacecraft: How it Works (Infographic)

Details of SpaceX's Dragon V2 manned spacecraft.
The new capsule would carry 7 astronauts to the International Space Station. (Image credit: by Karl Tate, Infographics Artist)

Revealed on May 29, 2014, SpaceX's Dragon Version 2 capsule can carry a crew of seven astronauts to the International Space Station. The reusable Dragon is designed to last for up to 10 flights before needing significant refurbishment. The capsule lands on the ground using its 16,000-pound thrust SuperDraco rocket engines and landing legs, with parachutes also on board as a backup.

Dragon V2 opens its nosecone to reveal its docking hatch for mating with the International Space Station. The capsule seats seven astronauts. A control panel is folded out of the way until needed. A steering joystick and physical buttons for critical functions occupy the center section of the control panel.

For landing, Dragon uses its eight SuperDraco rocket engines to touch down at a designated landing field.

Meet Dragon V2: SpaceX's Manned Space Taxi for Astronaut Trips: Photos

SpaceX Dragon V2 - Manned Spacecraft First Look | Video

SpaceX Unveils Dragon V2 Spaceship, a Manned Space Taxi for Astronauts

Follow us @Spacedotcom, Facebook and Google+.

Join our Space Forums to keep talking space on the latest missions, night sky and more! And if you have a news tip, correction or comment, let us know at:

Karl Tate contributor

Karl's association with goes back to 2000, when he was hired to produce interactive Flash graphics. From 2010 to 2016, Karl worked as an infographics specialist across all editorial properties of Purch (formerly known as TechMediaNetwork).  Before joining, Karl spent 11 years at the New York headquarters of The Associated Press, creating news graphics for use around the world in newspapers and on the web.  He has a degree in graphic design from Louisiana State University and now works as a freelance graphic designer in New York City.