SpaceX has opted to stand down from today’s (Saturday, Jan. 18) attempt to carry out an “in-flight abort” test of the company’s crew-rated Dragon spacecraft. Photo Credit: Michael McCabe / SpaceFlight Insider
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Images from the Jan. 19 test of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft which successfully demonstrated the vehicle’s ability to pull astronauts away from the rocket in the event of an accident on its way to orbit.
Lifting off at 10:30 a.m. EST (14:30 UTC) a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V N422 rocket sent an uncrewed demonstration version of the capsule to orbit. Unfortunately, the spacecraft encountered a timing failure that prevented it from completing its primary objective of docking to the International Space Station. While Starliner’s mission was a failure, the new version of the Atlas V was a success, as was noted by the head of ULA:
“We had a successful launch and initial indications are that we demonstrated the launch vehicle test objectives, performance enhancements, and the mission unique modifications developed for the safety of human spaceflight,” said Tory Bruno, president and CEO, United Launch Alliance. “We achieved spacecraft separation as planned. We will continue to support our Boeing and NASA partners ...