The test came last Wednesday and the ejection procedure was a huge success, the performance totally flawless.
Musk Elon, the owner and CEO of SpaceX was so elated with the result and it’s going to be all systems go with the Dragon project.
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With just few days before the launch pad abort test at Cape Canaveral, SpaceX was already in total readiness and the result was never in doubt.
The SpaceX new system will save astronauts’ lives. The flight took off from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida early Wednesday, May 6. There’s no crew members on board.
The test was meant to prove to NASA that the SpaceX crew escape system would work properly if there’s an emergency during a flight with people on board. The test is important for the timely development of the human rated Dragon on NASA is depending to transport astronauts to the International Space Station to lessen its reliance on Russian rockets.
As early as 2017, Dragon will bring back the US capability to launch astronauts from US soil to the ISS.
The critical part of NASA’s next generation of crewed spacecraft is the ability to abort from a launch or pad emergency and safely carry crew members.
According to the vice president of Mission Assurance Hans Koenigsmann, the pad abort is going to show that SpaceX has developed a revolutionary system for the safety of the astronauts. The test will show how it works. This is the first big test on the Crew Dragon.
Jon Cowart, NASA’s partner manager for SpaceX, said, “No matter what happens on test day, SpaceX is going to learn a lot. One test is worth a thousand good analyses”.