SpaceX to simulate rocket failure in final astronaut capsule test

  • Saturday 18, January 2020 09:16 AM
  • SpaceX to simulate rocket failure in final astronaut capsule test
Sharjah24 – Reuters: Elon Musk's SpaceX is gearing up to destroy one of its own rockets on Saturday to test a crucial emergency abort system on an unmanned astronaut capsule, the company's final milestone test before flying NASA astronauts from U.S. soil.
Less than two minutes after liftoff from a launchpad in Florida, SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule will fire on-board thrusters to eject itself off a Falcon 9 rocket mid-air, simulating an emergency abort scenario that will prove it can return astronauts to safety.

"I will tell you tomorrow will be an exciting day," Kathy Lueders, NASA's commercial crew program manager, told reporters on Friday.

The test is crucial to qualify SpaceX's astronaut capsule to fly humans to the International Space Station, a feat the National Aeronautics and Space Administration expects to come as soon as mid-2020. It follows years of development and delays as the United States has sought to revive its human spaceflight program through private partnerships.