SpaceX is preparing a crucial test for the Crew Dragon vehicle, which will bring astronauts to the International Space Station. The test will separate the capsule carrying the astronauts from the rocket in case of an emergency.
SpaceX is preparing to perform an important test in collaboration with NASA. Crew Dragon will bring astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) and take the cancellation test of the spacecraft. Crew Dragon needs to prove that he can keep the astronauts safe in the event of a devastating rocket failure.
The test, which will be conducted on January 18th, will determine whether the Crew Dragon can separate the capsule carrying the astronauts from the rocket during an emergency during the flight. 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 9 Merlin rockets at Falcon 9 were launched in the morning. The handcuffs that tied the rocket to the ground prevented Falcon 9 from taking off. This test, also known as static fire test, is known as one of the last procedures before space flight. Before the test, the Falcon 9 was loaded with super-cold kerosene and liquid oxygen fuels. The rocket was intended to generate a push of 1.7 million pounds before the engines were shut down. SpaceX announced that the test was successful.
In the final test next week, Falcon 9 will connect Crew Dragon. Following the launch of the duo, the software in the capsule will consciously activate the launch cancellation system during the flight and Crew Dragon will leave the rocket and return to Earth via parachute.
The cancellation system is vital to the safety of astronauts. 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.
Together with Boeing, SpaceX takes NASA’s astronauts into space through a commercial taxi “. Crew Dragon made a historic success last March by flying to one of the outpost orbit outposts (Demo-1 flight).
If the next Saturday test is successful, Crew Dragon will launch NASA astronauts into space. Crew Dragon will take NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the ISS on a Demo-2 flight.