An important safety test of SpaceX's Crew Dragon astronaut taxi could be held as early as next month, Elon Musk said.
The test is an in-flight crash (IFA) that will demonstrate the crew The Dragon's ability to stay out of the way in the event of a firing emergency. During the IFA, a crew dragon launches on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Shortly after taking off, the capsule fires its SuperDraco escape engines, which fire the crew Dragon at a considerable distance from the rocket.
Both the spacecraft and the booster needed for the test are already in SpaceX's facilities in Cape Canaveral. We should not have to wait much longer for the IFA, Musk said.
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"All hardware is at the Cape. Must make static fire and for the flight Start probably late November / early December, "he tweeted on Tuesday (October 8).
All hardware is at the cape. You need to do static fire and reconfigure for the flight. Start expected in late November / early December October 8, 2019
The IFA marks an important milestone on the crew's journey to manned flight, which SpaceX and NASA are soon embarking on. SpaceX has signed a $ 2.6 billion NASA contract to bring US astronauts with the capsule and Falcon 9 to and from the International Space Station.
This contract was announced in September 2014 Development of a capsule named CST-100 Starliner . At the time, NASA officials said they wanted at least one of these private vehicles to be operational by the end of 2017.