SpaceX is carrying out the last Crew Dragon test this weekend before capsule people are transported into space
SpaceX will perform the last Crew Dragon test this weekend before the capsule is approved to enter astronauts into space
- SpaceX will perform a test of Crew Dragon’s abort system during the flight this weekend
- The test is the last before the capsule is released for human launch
- Last year, Crew Dragon exploded during a test and seriously damaged the capsule
The Crew Dragon capsule from SpaceX is slowly but surely approaching its first launch for passengers.
According to an chatter from SpaceX, Crew Dragon’s last major safety test, scheduled for this weekend on January 18, and will analyze the capsule launch flight system.
“Static fire from Falcon 9 completed – focused on January 18 for a flight demonstration of Crew Dragon’s launch flight system, which will verify the ability of the spacecraft to bring astronauts to safety in the unlikely event of an emergency during the climb,” tweeted SpaceX.
The test depends on the weather and immediately causes a static fire on SpaceX’s rocket – the Falcon 9.
During this test, the vessel is launched at high altitudes and has the task of breaking down the capsule at high speed, which is the most stressful point of the launch.
The test comes just two months after a safety test in November, in which Crew Dragon has completed a crucial test of his parachute.
In the test, the capsule was dropped from an airplane and landed safely with only three of the four parachutes.
The drop was intended to simulate Crew Dragon’s ability to navigate Crew Dragon to Earth in the event that one of the four main parachutes did not work.
According to SpaceX, the test went 13 consecutive times without problems.
For SpaceX, the test, and one coming this week, will be an important step after an explosion during one in April that flooded the empty capsule in fire and smoke.
The Crew Dragon capsule will eventually bring NASA astronauts to the international space station ISS and will also be viewed for commercial space flights. A preceding parachute test is shown above
The incident was caused by a leaky part and completely destroyed the capsule – a glitch that contributed to SpaceX’s delayed timeline for Crew Dragon, which it is developing for NASA
If Crew Dragon successfully completes its test, the capsule will be erased to launch astronauts, but will also pave the way for civil space tourism.
WHAT IS SPACEX ‘CREW DRAGON CAPSULE?
The test of 2 March, the first launch of American astronauts on American soil in eight years, will inform the system design and operations (artist’s impression)
The capsule measures approximately 20 feet long by 12 feet in diameter, and can carry up to 7 astronauts at a time.
The Crew Dragon has an advanced emergency flight system (which was tested earlier this year) to quickly bring astronauts to safety if something should go wrong, with roughly the same G-forces as a ride in Disneyland.
It also has an Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) that provides a comfortable and safe environment for crew members.
The Crew Dragon screens provide real-time information about the status of the spacecraft’s capabilities and show everything from Dragon’s position in space to possible destinations to the on-board environment.
Those CRS-2 Dragon missions will use ‘propulsive’ landings, with the capsule landing on a runway using its SuperDraco bow thrusters instead of splashing into the ocean.
This gives NASA faster access to the cargo returned by that spacecraft and also builds up experience for propulsive landings of Dragon spacecraft with crew.