The Spacex dragon 2 It is the second version of the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft which will be a human-rated vehicle capable of making a terrestrial soft landing. It includes a set of four side-mounted thruster pods with two SuperDraco engines each which can serve as a Launch Abort System (LAS) or be used for propulsive landings. In addition, it has much larger windows, landing legs which extend from the bottom of the spacecraft, new computers and avionics, and redesigned solar arrays, all packaged in a spacecraft with a changed outer mold line from the initial cargo Dragon that has been flying for several years.
The spacecraft was unveiled on May 29, 2014. Dragon V2 could make its first flight as early as late 2015, with its first flight with people as early as 2016.
In expendable mode, Falcon Heavy can send a fully loaded Dragon to Mars or a light Dragon to Jupiter's moons. Europa mission wd be cool.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 14, 2015
Dragon 2 is designed to land on any surface (liquid or solid) in the solar system. Am glad to see people thinking about applications!— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 14, 2015
Researchers at @NASA propose using @SpaceX Falcon/Dragon for Mars sample return mission http://t.co/U6LNKyF4Jr— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 14, 2015