SpaceX successfully completed yet another milestone under NASA’s Commercial Crew Program to send astronauts to the International Space Station. Image Credit: NASA
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — SpaceX and NASA conducted an experimental flight of the Crew Dragon ahead of anticipated crewed missions to the sole destination located in low-Earth orbit.
This In-Flight Abort Test (or “IFA”) was carried today; Sunday January 19 at 10:30 a.m. EST (15:30 UTC) launching from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A. Today’s test showed yest again the $2.6 billion SpaceX was awarded under the agency’s Commercial Crew Program – wasn’t wasted.
The objective of the IFA was to prove the Crew Dragon has a capable emergency escape system. With the IFA over and done, NASA should give SpaceX the green light for the craft to begin ferrying astronauts back and forth to the International Space Station.
In terms of this morning’s launch and the attempt SpaceX made yesterday only weather caused an issue. High winds and rough seas in the recovery zone caused enough concern that the test was pushed from yesterday to today. As of this writing, no technical issues were detected and Crew Dragon has checked off yes another “to do” box ...