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    SpaceX Dragon Spacecraft

    created by johnmknight on 2012.12.23

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    In October of 2012, The SpaceX company's Dragon spacecraft began resupplying the International Space Station. This was the first time in history a private company had done so! This model depicts a variation of the Dragon Rider crew ferrying design. With this model are four intrepid explorers and one less than stoic passenger (that would be me!)

    For this model I wanted to achieve several things for the builder, and collector. First, I wanted this to have some good play characteristics, such as two working hatches, and an easily accessible minifig crew! For the collector and space fan, I attempted to put as much accuracy and details from the actual ship plans as possible. I think the resulting design is both close in scale with a good balance of tradeoffs for keeping the model reasonable in complexity and cost.

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    UPDATE: Modified sensor bay hatch to be more realistic.
    The main crew hatch, used before launch and at landing, uses a compound hinge that is a bit more complicated than the real thing! I chose this design though in order to keep the capsules geometry as close to real-life as possible as well as allow for a minifig to easily get in and out!

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    UPDATE!: Changed location of dish to be more accurate with the actual craft.
    It might be small detail, but when you are trying to dock with a space station, sensors are VERY important! Just like the real Dragon, this version includes a compact opening compartment that exposes the capsules various sensors.

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    The capsule is easily opened to access the crew! Additional sections or "wedges" around the crew may also be removed to access additional areas or crew members. I doesn't li

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    The solar panels open and close! Also the large non-pressurization area behind capsule is called the "trunk" and appears to be empty at the moment. Hmmm. Ideas for cargo? Leave a comment!
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