Teams from NASA, SpaceX, and the Department of Defense recently completed medical emergency training at Cape Canaveral. Launch pads are receiving final upgrades, and flight hardware is beginning to arrive, as both Commercial Crew providers progress towards returning crew launch capability to American soil.
On October 25, an emergency simulation was conducted at the Kennedy Space Center to prepare teams for the unlikely event of an emergency during launch operations.
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Teams from NASA, SpaceX, and the Department of Defense’s Human Space Flight Support Office conducted a medical triage and evacuation (medevac) exercise at Launch Complex 39A the launch site for SpaceX’s Commercial Crew missions.
This was the second such simulation conducted ahead of the Commercial Crew flight tests next year. A similar exercise was conducted with Boeing and United Launch Alliance (ULA) on June 19.
The scenario for the SpaceX simulation was a pad emergency and subsequent hypergolic fuel leak. SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft’s Draco and SuperDraco rocket engines use monomethylhdryazine, a hypergolic fuel which is toxic and carcinogenic.
The Draco thrusters are used for maneuvering in orbit, while the SuperDraco engines are used ...