SpaceX performed the Crew Dragon Launch Escape Demonstration – without any astronauts onboard – on 19 January 2020 launching on a Falcon 9 rocket at 10:30 a.m. from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center. This test demonstrated Crew Dragon’s ability to carry crew to safety in the event of an emergency on ascent. This test of Crew Dragon’s launch escape capabilities is designed to provide data toward NASA certifying the spacecraft to begin carrying astronauts to and from the […]
The Crew Dragon Demo-1 spacecraft that recently returned from the International Space Station after flying an automatic test flight there and back returns to Port Canaveral aboard the Go Searcher recovery ship on 9 March 2019. The Demo-1 spacecraft had parachuted to a landing in the Atlantic Ocean the day before. The arrival back at Port was the beginning of a late night operation to get the spacecraft off the ship and back to its hanger for study. A successful […]
SpaceX launched the Crew Dragon Demo-1 mission at 2:49 a.m. on 2 March 2019 from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center. Click for more information and to view the launch gallery.
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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