SpaceX tests abort sys­tem

The Citizen (KZN) - - News -

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.

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