What is SpaceX Dragon's secret cargo?

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  1. bridainep, reg reporter

    What is SpaceX Dragon's secret cargo?

    SpaceX has hinted that the Dragon cargoship that's due to blast off to the International Space Station on May 19 to make history as the first commercial craft to dock with the ISS could be carrying a secret payload. The last time a Dragon had a secret cargo, it was a round of cheese in homage to Monty Python.

    So what do we reckon it is this time? A can of Spam? Two halves of a coconut? Something not Python-related?

    1. JetSetJim

      Re: What is SpaceX Dragon's secret cargo?

      A dead parrot

      1. NomNomNom

        Re: What is SpaceX Dragon's secret cargo?

        why a dead one? what the hell would be the point of that?

        1. Alister



          What was that??

          Oh, just a Monty Python reference passing overhead...

      2. sisk

        Re: What is SpaceX Dragon's secret cargo?

        "A dead parrot"

        It's not dead. It's just resting.

    2. ravenviz Silver badge

      Re: What is SpaceX Dragon's secret cargo?

      A Welsh tart!

      1. Swarthy

        Re: What is SpaceX Dragon's secret cargo?(@ ravenviz)

        But it's not rated for human passengers yet. And women of negotiable morality are still human.

        ...Even if they are Welsh.

  2. Michael H.F. Wilkinson Silver badge

    A few bottles of Château de Chasselas from the four Yorkshiremen? To wash down the spam?

  3. Sir Runcible Spoon


    Replacement Fleshlights.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Sir

      eurgh! - especially in zero G...

      1. Sir Runcible Spoon

        Re: Sir

        I think it would be worse without them :P

  4. Parax

    Space Cheese...

    Surely in homage to Wallace and Grommet it'll be a fine chunk of moon Wensleydale.

    It'd make me truckle, if the first thing that astronauts found inside was a big space cheese.

  5. Peter Storm

    Pies and fags.

    It's pies and fags. Almost definitely.

  6. SimonM

    Secret Cargo

    An Olympic Torch maybe?

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Hugo Drax

  8. JayB


    The Holy Hand grenade of Antioch.... just to annoy Dept of Homeland Psychosis, I mean Security.

    1. sisk

      Re: Or...

      Surely they'd need to sent a bunny so that the astronauts would have a reason to use said Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch.

  9. Kirstian K


    Let it be Jedward.....!

    once there, jetison... Yay..!

  10. Colin Miller

    Cod lukfisk. Just make sure you don't open the case within 100km of civilisation.

    1. NomNomNom

      or put the cube in the cube

  11. NomNomNom

    Could it be parachutes? maybe NASA have found out a giant asteroid is heading towards earth like in that movie about a giant asteroid heading towards earth. So NASA sends up parachutes to the space station crew so that they can jump to safety but don't warn the rest of us back here on Earth. Typical. Remind me I seem to have forgotten - what IS the point of NASA again? Why are we paying them when they don't warn us?

  12. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Think sideways

    It might be a tribute to another comedy group like The Goodies. Probably not enough room for a giant pussy so maybe a flat cap and black pudding.

    1. NomNomNom

      Re: Think sideways

      It was YOU who down-voted all my comments wasn't it? DONT DENY IT. It MUST have been you because you posted a comment RIGHT AFTER MINE. Did you think you could get away with?! You didn't EVEN HAVE THE COMMON DECENCY TO EXPLAIN WHY YOU VOTED ME DOWN TIME AND TIME AGAIN.

      good point about The Goodies, they were funny and yet have been largely under-acknowledged so a tribute to them would be about time. If they go with the black-pudding as you suggest it might create a new record too because I suspect it would be the first black pudding ever to be sent into space, possibly even the first cooked breakfast food.

    2. OzBob

      Re: Think sideways

      if someone is going to fall victim to the martial art of "Ecky-Thump" on the ISS, the pool of "usual suspects" will be fairly limited. (But Hitchcock would have made it work)

    3. Michael H.F. Wilkinson Silver badge

      Re: Think sideways

      Tribute to the Goodies? Like a trandem (three-seater bike) as replacement for the three-man Soyuz capsule

    4. ravenviz Silver badge
      Thumb Up

      Re: Think sideways

      Or those plastic Ketchup dispensers shaped like a tomato!

  13. Sargs

    SpaceX's articles of incorporation

    ...and Elon Musk's citizenship.

    It's been a tax dodge aaaallll alonng.

  14. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    The worst would be

    Layoff and notice of closure of the space station project?

  15. foo_bar_baz


  16. Magnus_Pym

    Not a sealed tin of Spam.

    Not in a low pressure environment anyway. Maybe some trout and a salmon to do the Fish Slapping Dance on a space walk.

  17. Rabbi

    It won't be spam

    "Spam in a can" has already been to space - that's how early Mercury astronauts were described, due to being passengers in largely-automated capsules.

    Plus, Space-X want to get some real humans up there soon. I'm sure they don't want us thinking about spam in a can then.

    1. VeganVegan

      Re: It won't be spam

      Sardines, perhaps?

      (What? No fish icon? What the fish will have to do!)

  18. lawndart


    Remember Lester saying he had a much more powerful rocket for Vulture 2?

  19. 4ecks

    My guess...

    Several pints of Bitter, a few packets of salted peanuts, and most important of all - a good towel.

    You should never leave your home (planet) without your towel, especially if you might meet a ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal.

    1. rpics

      Re: My guess...

      Or Vogon poetry?

  20. Old Painless

    A toolkit,some sticky tape...

    ....and some secret instructions on how to build a REAL spaceship

  21. Euripides Pants

    A penguin on top of the telly...

  22. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Surely it is Vegemite (from Australia)

  23. Wolven

    or more simply

    an homage to el reg and send up a playmonaut. After all the ISS is lacking in that department.

    1. richardcox13

      Re: or more simply

      Surely THE playmonaut.

      Launch currently on Nasa TV: http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html

  24. Blofeld's Cat

    Who knows...

    Let me see: new spaceship... mysterious secret cargo...

    It's got to be Daleks. It's always Daleks.

  25. TeeCee Gold badge


    Maybe they've managed to find that crate with the Ark of the Covenant in it.

  26. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    The ashes of James Doohan (Scotty from Star Trek) and Mercury Astronaut Gordo Cooper (and 298 other persons). What do I win?

  27. Richard Gadsden

    A playmonaut

    What else?

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