SpaceX's Crew Dragon set for final key test before astronaut launch

SpaceX to detonate a Falcon 9 rocket moments after launch

SpaceX Makes Final Preparation Before Crew Dragon Emergency Test

The spacecraft, Crew Dragon, will intentionally eject itself from a rocket as it blazes toward space in order to simulate how it will carry passengers to safety if something goes awry 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. Initially, the spacecraft recovered from the maiden uncrewed test flight in March 2019 was expected to be used for the test.

The in-flight abort test is the final hurdle SpaceX is required to clear before launching the first crewed mission to the International Space Station.

This deliberate move is created to test SpaceX's Crew Dragon accommodation capsule. Before the test, the Falcon 9 was loaded with super-cold kerosene and liquid oxygen fuels. Smaller thrusters will then orient Crew Dragon as it falls back through the atmosphere, and two sets of parachutes will slow its descent before it splashes down into the Atlantic Ocean. During this stage, flights of the satellites group and their solar rays are in low configuration, making them seen from the ground. A recovery vessel will wait nearby to transport it to a safe location.

The Crew Dragon's previous test was on 20 April past year, an outing that didn't end as expected.

"Destroyed in Dragon fire", Musk said on Twitter when asked about the rocket's fate.

NASA wants to use Saturday's launch as a dress rehearsal of sorts for actual crew launches by SpaceX.

Should SpaceX successfully completed this flight, it will be closer to the launch astronaut Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken the first manned mission vehicle.

After the Space Shuttle program discontinued in 2011, NASA allotted Boeing $4.2 billion and SpaceX $2.6 billion to develop the spacecraft. The other company, Boeing, will use a capsule called Starliner to make those taxi flights for NASA. The flight abort test is scheduled for January 18. It returned to Earth safely on december 22. There will be a backup lift-off chance on Tuesday 7, this January and it will take place at 8:57 EST or 1:57 UTC in January.

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