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SpaceX In-Flight Abort: Launch Date Update

18 Jan 2020, 11:02 UTC
SpaceX In-Flight Abort: Launch Date Update
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NASA and SpaceX teams are now planning to target Sunday, Jan. 19 for the company’s in-flight abort test. The test window opens at 8 a.m. EST. Illustration credit: SpaceX
NASA and SpaceX now are targeting 8 a.m. EST Sunday, Jan. 19, for launch of the company’s In-Flight Abort Test from Launch Complex 39A in Florida, which will demonstrate Crew Dragon’s ability to safely escape the Falcon 9 rocket in the event of a failure during launch. The abort test has a six-hour launch window.
Teams are standing down from today’s launch attempt due to poor splashdown and recovery weather.
For tomorrow’s launch attempt, meteorologists with the U.S. Air Force 45th Space Wing predict a 60% chance of favorable weather toward the opening of the window with a 40% chance toward the end of the window. The primary concerns for launch day being the thick cloud layer and flight through precipitation rule during the launch window.
The test launch will air on NASA Television and the agency’s website. Here’s the upcoming mission coverage:
Sunday, Jan. 19

7:40 a.m. – NASA TV test coverage begins for the 8 a.m. liftoff
9:30 a.m. – Post-test news conference at Kennedy, with the following representatives:

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