Space X tests emergency escape during a rocket test flight

Joshua Fitch

Space X completed the last major capsule test before astronauts were released in the next few months, and mimicked emergency escape shortly after it was launched on Sunday.

Nobody rode Cape Canaveral, only two dolls.

The nine-minute flight ended with the crew kite capsule bouncing safely into the Atlantic after escaping from the exploding missile.

The capsule reaches a height of about 43 kilometers before jumping into the sea on land to complete the test flight. According to all the preliminary data, this test was successful.

“I was fired,” Elon Musk, the company’s founder and CEO, told reporters. “It would be great to bring astronauts back into orbit from American soil after they missed it for almost a decade. This is very interesting.”

NASA astronauts have not been launched from the United States since President Obama’s shuttle program ended in 2011. Jim Bridenstine, Musk and NASA administrator, said the next Naga team could start with two NASA astronauts (Doug Hurley and Robert Benken) in April. …

Astronauts watched the flight on Sunday after the shooting. Hurley said it was “pretty good” to see a capsule on a rescue ship within two hours.

“We will see what the data shows and come out of it,” Hurley said. “But it’s a confidence builder, if you have ever been in this situation, the dragon can quickly expel us from the booster.”

[Much remains to be done to release SpaceX for the Demo-2 launch with astronauts Behnken and Hurley … Bridenstine and others emphasize.

For example, flight termination data (IFA) must still be analyzed in detail. And NASA wants to see two more successful system-level tests of the newly updated Crew Dragon parachute (which looks good today), Katy Luders, program manager at Space Agency, told a press conference.

Pod Dragon Crew and Falcon 9 rocket to be flown Demo-2 must be ready by the end of February, said SpaceX’s Musk. The company will review and review all required systems twice, and it will take time to map out the ISS mission plan, he added.

With that in mind, Demo-2 is likely to land this spring, Musk said, stressing that this is a consensus view of the NASA and SpaceX teams. The release date depends in part on whether NASA decides to leave it in the orbital laboratory for only one or two weeks.