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Tech & Science SpaceX, NASA finally set date for critical Crew Dragon launch-emergency test

05:45  08 december  2019
05:45  08 december  2019 Source:   cnet.com

SpaceX shares thrilling Crew Dragon parachute test

  SpaceX shares thrilling Crew Dragon parachute test NASA and SpaceX take another step toward launching astronauts from US soil.The video shows a stand-in for the Crew Dragon capsule exiting an airplane and floating gently to the ground using just three parachutes.

SpaceX successfully launched an uncrewed Crew Dragon to the ISS earlier in 2019, but has to pass a series of safety tests , including this January "As part of the test , SpaceX will configure Crew Dragon to trigger a launch escape shortly after liftoff and demonstrate Crew Dragon 's capability to safely

SpaceX is set to conduct its next key Crew Dragon test on Nov. In about a week SpaceX expects to conduct a key test of the capsule it is developing to launch astronauts, as the Critical tests remain for SpaceX . SpaceX founder Elon Musk recently hosted NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine at the

a close up of a train: This uncrewed SpaceX Crew Dragon made it to the ISS and back. NASA © Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. This uncrewed SpaceX Crew Dragon made it to the ISS and back. NASA

Astronauts haven't flown to space from the US since the space shuttle program ended in 2011. NASA , SpaceX and Boeing are trying to change that, but first SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule will have to make a daring escape during a simulated launch emergency. That crucial test date is now set for no earlier than Jan. 4.

NASA announced on Friday the long-awaited scheduling for the spacecraft's In-Flight Abort Test at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. SpaceX and NASA had considered the possibility of launching the test before the end of the year, but dates like this have a way of slipping past projections.

Boeing tests space crew capsule, reports problem with parachute

  Boeing tests space crew capsule, reports problem with parachute Boeing said Monday it carried out a successful test of its Starliner crew capsule that is supposed to take US astronauts to the International Space Station.The test took place in the New Mexico desert at the White Sands Missile Range and lasted around 95 seconds.

NASA , SpaceX Test Pad Emergency Egress System. As part of NASA ’s Commercial Crew Program, SpaceX has been developing and testing the Crew Dragon parachute NASA , SpaceX Coordinate Crucial Astronaut Recovery Exercise. NASA astronaut Doug Hurley, along with teams

SpaceX Crew Dragon Demo-2 Mission targeting end of 2019 launch date while enduring timeline Initially, the SpaceX Demo-2 mission set to carry NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley SpaceX is now targeting a Demo-2 launch no earlier than December 2019 but an array of critical

SpaceX and Boeing are contracted with NASA under the Commercial Crew Program to develop spacecraft to shuttle astronauts to the International Space Station. SpaceX successfully launched an uncrewed Crew Dragon to the ISS earlier in 2019, but has to pass a series of safety tests, including this January milestone, before sending humans into space. 

"As part of the test, SpaceX will configure Crew Dragon to trigger a launch escape shortly after liftoff and demonstrate Crew Dragon's capability to safely separate from the Falcon 9 rocket in the unlikely event of an in-flight emergency," NASA said in a release. The space agency described this as "one of the final major tests for the company."

While Jan. 4 isn't too far away, the date could easily change. Both SpaceX and Boeing have hit repeated delays in their efforts to get astronauts off the ground. It would almost be surprising if the In-Flight Abort Test happens on schedule.

NASA, Boeing probe software glitch that stopped astronaut capsule from reaching space station .
NASA is opening an independent investigation with Boeing over a software glitch that prevented its unmanned astronaut capsule from reaching the International Space Station in December, the agency said on Tuesday. Boeing Co's (BA.N) CST-100 Starliner astronaut capsule had a successful launch for its first unmanned test mission, but what has been described as an automated timer error prevented the spacecraft from attaining the correct orbit for it to rendezvous and dock with the space station.The U.S.

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