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

The main objective of Crew Dragon spaceships is ferrying astronauts from NASA to the International Space Station, but before that can happen, SpaceX must somehow prove that, in case of an extreme rocket failure that might result in an explosion, the capsule can keep astronauts safe.

The capsule measures about 20 feet tall by 12 feet in diameter, and will carry up to 7 astronauts at a time. The Falcon 9 rocket to be linked to Crew Dragon was tested for extreme temperature resistance today (January 11) at NASA's historic Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The test, called an in-flight abort, will prove Crew Dragon's abort system can pull astronaut crews to safety in the event of a rocket failure during launch. SpaceX's Crew Dragon hopes to do just that, and this weekend is the company's final unmanned test before human flights begin. Falcon 9 rocket is marking its fourth excursion of this specific journey to space. This test, also known as static fire test, is known as one of the last procedures before space flight. Super-chilled propellants like kerosene and liquid oxygen were loaded into the rocket before igniting the first stage. The Merlin 1D engines fired up and generated 1.7 million pounds of thrust during the test, which was a success according to SpaceX.

The SpaceX Crew Dragon has already made multiple tests.

The cancellation system is vital to the safety of astronauts. SpaceX's Crew Dragon is provided with eight abort engines, referred to as SuperDracos, to blast the space capsule freed from its Falcon 9 throughout an emergency. In October 2018, the Russian Soyuz spacecraft, which transported NASA astronaut Nick Hague and cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin, managed to bring the astronauts to Earth unharmed thanks to a similar system despite the failure of its rocket. Initially, the spacecraft recovered from the maiden uncrewed test flight in March 2019 was expected to be used for the test.

Saturday's high-altitude abort demonstration will be the final major test flight of the Crew Dragon spacecraft before it is cleared to fly astronauts. Astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken will be involved in the first manned test, which could take place as soon as later this year.

SpaceX to detonate a Falcon 9 rocket moments after launch

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