While the tour was going on, I got a briefing from SpaceX propulsion chief Tom Mueller for my book. After the tour I also caught up with CEO Elon Musk at his desk. Musk told me that all of SpaceX’s activities are pointed in one direction–building the infrastructure to land people on Mars.
After we talked, Musk turned me loose on SpaceX’s main shop floor to take photographs. Enjoy these as a visual complement to Boyle’s article.
Dragon crew capsule mockup. Musk tells me it’s been a fairly low-key side project ongoing in parallel with Falcon development. Musk plans to fund Dragon development with revenue from Falcon launches, then pursue Robert Bigelow’s America’s Space Prize and NASA Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) contracts.