The company SpaceX presented Thursday evening the spacecraft Dragon V2 should be able - within three years - to transport astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) and put an end to dependency on Russian Soyuz.
It will be the first time that astronauts will be launched from US soil since the last time the spacecraft in July 2011. Since then, the United States depend solely on Russian Soyuz spacecraft to carry astronauts to ISS at about $ 70 million.
Dragon V2, capable of carrying seven astronauts, "is really a big technological leap," said the CEO and founder of SpaceX, the billionaire Elon Musk, during a spectacular presentation to the press in the company's headquarters in Hawthorne, near Los Angeles in California.
Dragon V2, white in color, has a form of rubber ball like Dragon 1 but more slender. Dragon 1 was the first private spacecraft to dock on the ISS in 2012.