SpaceX Is About To Re-Test Crew Dragon Capsule After A Failure

Anil - Oct 25, 2019


SpaceX Is About To Re-Test Crew Dragon Capsule After A Failure

In fact, not only SpaceX but also Boeing hasn't done all the tests with its own capsule smoothly, leading to several delays afterward.

According to a recent report, SpaceX is taking off a plan to re-test the Crew Dragon capsule. As part of the plan, a static fire test will soon take place in Florida in early November, which is described as a launch simulation tasked with a secure ground landing of a rocket engine. All the news mentioned above comes from CNBC.

SpaceX capsule

To remind, another test SpaceX conducted in April did fail due to a quirk that made an explosion of an uncrewed capsule. This is followed by a company's explanation earlier this month, suggesting that the unexpected problem triggered by a leak within the space amongst orbital maneuvering and the launch abort systems. Due to that prediction, the company has already redesigned the capsule's part.

In particular, the capsule is slated to bring a total of seven astronauts to the ISS in the near future. Back in March, SpaceX successfully docked a Crew Dragon empty of humans with the ISS then got it returned to the Earth.

20190227 Crew Dragon Docking

If the upcoming static fire passes the test, the company will soon take the next test on its SuperDraco safety system with an "in-flight abort." As usual, a rocket will accompany a Crew Dragon capsule to enable the system soon after the lift-off. SpaceX additionally intends to launch as many as 10 tests of the parachute system. After all, a test with crews named Demo-2 will round out the things in the early months of 2020.

The aerospace arm of Elon Musk's empire is not the only one that wants to send a crew to the ISS. Another big name in the aerospace industry, Boeing, is also gearing up for a similar test with its own uncrewed Starliner capsule. Both the companies and NASA have struck a deal to develop human space flight systems for a ball-of-fire program called Commercial Crew. In fact, not only SpaceX but also Boeing hasn't done all the tests with its own capsule smoothly, leading to several delays afterward.

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