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Technology SpaceX plans to test Crew Dragon's launch escape system on January 18th

23:25  12 january  2020
23:25  12 january  2020 Source:   engadget.com

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Test of Crew Dragon ’ s upgraded launch escape system ahead of static fire and in-flight abort tests – altogether SpaceX is conducting hundreds of tests to

SpaceX is edging closer to putting humans aboard Crew Dragon. The private spaceflight firm is planning to test the capsule's launch escape system on January 18th through an in-flight demonstration. The dry run will check that the spacecraft can carry its crew to safety if there's a problem during the ascent stage. The company has already tested launch pad aborts and parachutes.

  SpaceX plans to test Crew Dragon's launch escape system on January 18th

Dates for tests like these can be tentative due to weather or last-minute glitches. However, SpaceX completed a static fire test of the Falcon 9's first stage on January 11th, clearing the path for the upcoming Crew Dragon demonstration.

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Crew Dragon will soon attempt to use its SuperDraco thrusters to escape from a Falcon 9 rocket traveling twice the speed of sound. For reference, as NASA and SpaceX approached Crew Dragon ’ s Demo-1 orbital launch debut earlier this year, the mission was initially set for January 17th.

SpaceX plans to conduct two critical tests of its manned Dragon capsule' s emergency abort system , designed to carry astronauts to safety during a launch The first test will take place in November on the launch pad at Florida' s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, while the second will be a January

If all goes according to plan, this will be the last major test for Crew Dragon before it's approved to carry astronauts. SpaceX still hopes the relevant crewed test mission (Demo-2) will take place in early 2020. You may not have to wait long to see the company fully participate in human spaceflight, then, even if it could take a while before Crew Dragons are regularly ferrying people to and from the International Space Station.

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