SpaceX tests abort system
SpaceX was to simulate its emergency abort system on an unmanned spacecraft yesterday, the last major test before it sends Nasa astronauts to the International Space Station.
The space company of entrepreneur Elon Musk, under contract with Nasa, planned to launch its Crew Dragon capsule from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This test will check the capsule’s ability to reliably carry crew to safety in the event of an emergency on ascent.
One minute and 24 seconds after takeoff, approximately 19km above the Atlantic, the Crew Dragon will trigger a planned ejection from the Falcon 9 rocket carrying it into the atmosphere. The capsule’s descent will be slowed by parachutes, while the Falcon 9 will break up.