Private manufacturer SpaceX recently unveiled the updated version of its Dragon spacecraft. The Dragon V2 has a number of improvements, but the company is particularly proud of its ability to “land anywhere on Earth with the accuracy of a helicopter”, thanks to its SuperDraco engines.
SpaceX imagines that its propulsive landing capabilities will also be useful not just for returning to Earth but for interplanetary expeditions as well. Like other capsules, Dragon V2 has parachutes for ocean landings or in case its engines fail and make propulsive landing unadvisable.
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