Watch SpaceX emergency engines work on its Crew Dragon

NASA released footage from the test, marking the latest milestone SpaceX reached as the company prepares the capsule for its next flight.

0
92
SpaceX's Crew Dragon Emetrgency Engines
This latest round of testing on the Crew Dragon officially paved the way for SpaceX’s next big test known as the in-flight abort test: firing the SuperDracos during an actual launch. If that demonstration is successful, it will pave the way for an even bigger flight that will carry NASA astronauts on the Crew Dragon for the first time.

The engines, known as SuperDracos, are part of the Crew Dragon’s emergency abort system, which will definitely come in handy if anything goes wrong during a future trip to space. The engines are designed to ignite if the rocket carrying the Crew Dragon starts to malfunction. The thrusters will then carry the Crew Dragon to safety, prompting the capsule’s parachutes to deploy and gently lower the capsule into the ocean.

The date for the in-flight abort hasn’t been released yet, so it may still be some time before the Crew Dragon flies again. For now, you can watch the SuperDracos in action with this latest video and imagine them firing midflight.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here