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SpaceX shows a fiery video of Crew Dragon's escape system test



This SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule made it to the ISS in March 2019 without people on board.


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SpaceX's ambition to bring NASA astronauts from US soil to the International Space Station is finally good news after a series of delays.

A catastrophic crew explosion of the Dragon Capsule during an April engine test pushed back the company's plans for its first deployment with crew. SpaceX, however, seems to be making progress on a new round of testing.

SpaceX tweeted a video on Thursday showing a brief but fierce test of Crew Dragon's new and improved launch tube system. We see a set of capsule engines power on for a few seconds before the video turns black.

conducts hundreds of tests to verify that the system is capable of escorting astronauts in the unlikely event of an emergency, "SpaceX tweeted, testing this engine only as a precursor to more intense reviews. including a crash abort test that tests to see if the capsule successfully disengages from a rocket after taking off.

We have seen how important start-flight systems are in late 2018 when the launch of the Russian Soyuz to ISS went awry The crew had to make a dramatic emergency landing and they survived unharmed [19659009] SpaceX's Crew Dragon is part of NASA's commercial crew program designed to bring astronaut launches back to US soil for the first time since the Space Shuttle era.

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and SpaceX founder Elon Musk appeared together at the beginning of October in a sort of rally to show they are on the same page despite the crew's delays. Both emphasized the importance of safety testing before the launch of astronauts into the capsule.

SpaceX successfully docked an unmanned crew Dragon to the ISS in March . Bridenstine is confident that the first human flight could take place in early 2020. The short SpaceX video of the start-up system test is a small reason to assume that the timeline could possibly come true.






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