Crew Dragon to Fly With Upgraded Prototypes
FREMONT, CA: After first successful launch of Dragon 2 or Crew Dragon by SpaceX, NASA announced its second abort testing from Kennedy Space Center. Crew Dragon is a pivotal system designed to keep astronauts safe from any sort of malfunctions at the time of launch or landing. The second test of Crew Dragon will fire off from KSC’s marked pad 39A attached to a Falcon 9 rocket.
The first test lifted off from Cap Canaveral in Florida and lasted for about 90 seconds. The Dragon capsule launched its eight Super Draco engines and elevated for about a mile off the surface, with touch down on Atlantic Ocean with help of three pairs of parachutes. The purpose of the second launch is to test the spacecraft’s Super Draco engines and to check its efficiency in separating itself from Falcon 9 rocket, demonstrating Dragon can escape from a falling rocket in case of malfunctions. The test will be un-manned along with up-graded version of Crew Dragon prototypes.
SpaceX and Boeing are in contract with NASA’s Commercial Crew Program worth $2.6 Bn and $4.2 Bn respectively. NASA is looking forward to work with one of these companies to launch a four person crew to International Space Station by 2017.