Consumer Comparison: Dragon V2 Spaceship vs Tesla Model S
Hopefully you hadn’t missed the grand reveal of the SpaceX Dragon V2 spacecraft, the astronautical brainchild of none other than Tesla CEO Elon Musk. It’s a staggering achievement for sure, but it left us wondering, which is better – the space-going Dragon V2 or the space-age Model S? We’ve got the answers. Performance
As to be expected, the first trump goes to the Dragon V2. The V2 spacecraft utilizes two types of engines: small Draco units that offer 100 lbs of thrust each, and eight massive SuperDraco engines that provide a total of 120,000 pounds of thrust to aid in orbital descent. Comparatively, the most powerful Tesla Model S in “Performance” trim offers up 416hp and 443 lb-ft of torque from its 85kWh battery.
The Tesla is impressive for sure, but it won’t exactly launch you into orbit.
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If we’re honest, this one isn’t even close. Equipped with the larger 85kWh battery, the Model S is good for an estimated 265 miles on the open road. On a tank of pressurized fuel, the Dragon V2 can go into space. Well, that’s settled then.
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SpaceX’s sky-bound creation really packs it in. The V2 can carry seven astronauts up to the International Space Station, and its predecessor carried 3,000 pounds of gear along for the ride as well. In comparison, the Model S fits five adults and the rear trunk can carry 26.3 cubic feet of space gear, if so desired.
Fuel Economy and Reusability
But hold on a minute – the Model S is certainly no slouch. Using electric power sourced from the grid – potentially from renewable energy sources – the Model S can putter along on any day of the week without directly filling up a tank of gas, all for the earthly price of $70,000.
It remains to be seen how reusable the Dragon V2 will prove to be, but if Musk is right, topping off the fuel tanks might be all that’s needed for prepping the ship for a relaunch. However, owning a spacecraft is significantly more expensive than a Model S, but if you’ve got a spare billion dollars, we’ll concede.
So there you have it. The Dragon V2 looks to be the capable space-going ride of the future, packing strong performance, out-of-this-world range, and surprising capacity. But we really can’t advise buying one if you’re heading out for a slice or an ice cream. For that, Mr. Musk already sells a pretty capable vehicle.
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