A version of this article appears in the June 9 edition of Aviation Week & Space Technology. As befits a company with a growing reputation for changing the game, the unveiling of SpaceX’s human-rated Dragon v.2 vehicle last week was akin to the roll-out of a civil airliner or a luxury super-car. Yet for all the pumping music, light effects and enthusiastic crowd, the less predictable aspect of the event was the vehicle itself. Far from being what some space industry watchers had ...


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