SpaceX are working hard to prepare a vital Crew Dragon abort flight this month. They ran a new test for the spacecraft in a newly published video.
Back in November, the American space agency completed a few static-fire engine tests of their spacecraft, which is meant to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station in 2020. The video left us with an impressive frame of the Crew Dragon under full fire, which released so many flames and so much smoke that they obscured the view of the camera.
A Tweet from SpaceX from November 13 read: “Full-duration static-fire test of Crew Dragon’s launch escape system complete … SpaceX and NASA teams are now reviewing test data and working toward an in-flight demonstration of Crew Dragon’s launch escape capabilities.”
This is one of the most difficult tests that the Crew Dragon has to pass, and passing it translates to green light for astronauts’ transport from NASA.
The Crew Dragon has already completed a run to the space station in March, during the Demo-1 mission.
The next step of the progress of the vehicle will be an in-flight abort test, which will take place at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center located in Florida. This is an extremely important test to prove that astronauts could safely escape a dangerous situation.
The Crew Dragon will launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, and then the spacecraft will break free from the rocket with the help of its high power SuperDraco escape thrusters.