Views of Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center taken on 18 December 2018. SpaceX is currently in the midst of a twenty year lease on LC-39A, the historic pad from the Apollo and Space Shuttle eras now refurbished to launch Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rockets. Also launching from this pad soon, astronauts aboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft that will launch atop a Falcon 9 rocket. The white arm sticking out to the right is the Crew Access Arm […]
SpaceX conducted its Pad Abort Test even with storms passing just offshore. Crew Dragon used its SuperDraco rockets as a launch escape system to propel Dragon from a simulated rocket failure on the pad to safely parachute the spacecraft into the Atlantic Ocean just offshore. View a gallery of images of the test.
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