SpaceX’s Dragon capsule will be able to carry astronauts to the International Space Station, but it will also carry off the company’s rockets and satellites.
What will it carry?
The Dragon capsule’s first stage will carry astronauts from Florida to the space station.
What will the capsule carry?
An unmanned Dragon capsule, which will also be equipped with a solar sail, will be sent to the ISS.
Why does NASA need an autonomous spaceship?
It is expected that the capsule will carry humans to the orbiting lab and then return to Earth.
The Dragon capsules are a key part of NASA’s manned space programme, which includes an eventual crewed mission to Mars.
What about the cost?
The capsule is estimated to cost about $30 million to make.