VIDEO: SpaceX unveils ‘no runway’ capsule

SpaceX has unveiled a re-useable spacecraft which it says will be able to take-off and land anywhere on Earth, “like a helicopter”.

The seven-seater Dragon V2 is equipped with side-mounted thrusters and legs to allow it to land vertically, without the need for a runway.

Since NASA retired its space shuttle fleet three years ago, the American space agency has been dependent on Russian spacecraft to fly its astronauts into orbit.

The Californian-based company is competing with several others to win NASA contracts.

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