Crew Dragon faces its last big test before human spaceflight on Saturday

Pablo Tucker
January 15, 2020

The upcoming Crew Dragon in-flight abort test will prove that the capsule is capable of pulling out the astronaut crews in case of failure during launch, Space.com reported. It will involve a Crew Dragon spacecraft launching on top of a Falcon 9 rocket. Accidents with crushed SuperDraco system tests Dragon spacecraft crew in April, and the company and NASA have since said they have identified the cause of the problem. The private spaceflight firm is planning to test the capsule's launch escape system on January 18th through an in-flight demonstration.

A Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Crew Dragon is relied upon to launch from Florida's Kennedy Space Station. If the test goes as planned, Crew Dragon will eject itself from a rocket as it fires toward space so as to showcase how it will carry the astronauts if there is a fault during launch. Initially, the spacecraft recovered from the maiden uncrewed test flight in March 2019 was expected to be used for the test. But that capsule exploded during work on ground tests of the abort system a month later.


Two NASA astronauts have been selected to be the first passengers for Crew Dragon: Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, both former military test pilots and space shuttle mission veterans. The first stage of the Falcon 9 gives a boost to takeoff, and the second starts its own engine to detonate Crew Dragon at over 26,000 km / h - fast enough to enter Earth orbit. From beginning to end, the check flight ought to take lower than 12 minutes.

SpaceX's GO Searcher recovery ship will be on hand to retrieve the Crew Dragon, but don't expect to see an awesome rocket landing.


The SpaceX provide ship jettisoned a disposable trunk part to deplete within the environment, whereas a warmth protect protected the Dragon's pressurized compartment throughout a scorching scorching plunge again to Earth.

SpaceX is preparing to perform an important test in collaboration with NASA.


After the Space Shuttle program discontinued in 2011, NASA allotted Boeing $4.2 billion and SpaceX $2.6 billion to develop the spacecraft.

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