NASA and SpaceX completed a launch escape demonstration of the company’s Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket Sunday. This was the ultimate major flight test of the spacecraft before it begins carrying astronauts to the International space platform under NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.
The launch escape test began at 10:30 a.m. EST with liftoff from historic Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on a mission to point out the spacecraft’s capability to securely break away the rocket within the unlikely event of an inflight emergency.
“This critical flight test puts us on the cusp of returning the potential to launch astronauts in American spacecraft on American rockets from American soil,” said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. “We are thrilled with the progress NASA’s Commercial Crew Program is making and appearance forward to subsequent milestone for Crew Dragon.”
As a part of the test, SpaceX configured Crew Dragon to trigger a launch escape about 1.5 minutes after liftoff. All major functions were executed, including separation, engine firings, parachute deployment and landing. Crew Dragon splashed down at 10:38 a.m. just off the Florida coast within the Atlantic .
“As far as we will tell so far , it’s an image perfect mission. It went also together can possibly expect,” said Elon Musk, Chief Engineer at SpaceX. “This may be a reflection of the dedication and diligence of the SpaceX and NASA teams to realize this goal. Obviously, I’m super fired up. this is often great.”
Teams of personnel from SpaceX and therefore the U.S. Air Force 45th Operations Group’s Detachment-3 out of Patrick Air Force Base will recover the spacecraft for return to SpaceX facilities in Florida and start the recovery effort of the Falcon 9, which broke apart as planned.
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