Thursday, January 2, 2020

Astro-Calendar: Jan. / SpaceX Crew Dragon Test Launch Jan. 11

Crew Dragon at the ISS for Demo Mission 1 (cropped).jpg
SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft, which is scheduled to undergo a critical In-Flight Abort test flight on January 11. This uncrewed test flight, which will launch from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, will test a vital safety system to protect astronauts during an emergency soon after a launch. After the test, the spacecraft will splash-down in the Atlantic Ocean. "The demonstration of Crew Dragon's launch escape system is part of NASA's Commercial Crew Program and is one of the final major tests for the company before NASA astronauts will fly aboard the spacecraft," NASA officials wrote.
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