SpaceX to Test Crew Dragon Capsule in November

SpaceX to Test Crew Dragon Capsule in November

The capsule test scheduled for November 2, will have a new SuperDraco system in place, at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The date is subject to change in case of any unforeseen delays, and SpaceX will closely monitor the results, NASA and its astronauts, the U.S. Air Force, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the National Transportation Safety Board

Fremont, CA: Elon Musk owned SpaceX is set to test its Crew Dragon Capsule on November 2, as it nears the launch dates to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station and back. The crew Dragon is the same capsule that had faced an issue during its testing stage.

In March this year, the Demo 1 module of Crew Dragon successfully completed a test run to the International Space Station and back. In April, during a static fire test of the capsules SuperDraco engines, an explosive chain reaction led to the destruction of the Demo 1 capsule. The company issued a statement where it had identified a leaky component as the cause of the explosion.

The capsule test scheduled for November 2, will have a new SuperDraco system in place, at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The date is subject to change in case of any unforeseen delays, and SpaceX will closely monitor the results, NASA and its astronauts, the U.S. Air Force, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the National Transportation Safety Board.

“You’re trying to find extreme corner cases of where things go wrong. You don’t do tests because you think everything’s going to be fine, you do tests to find out what’s not going to be fine,” said Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX. "I think there's a fundamental principle: Make sure you fail on the test stand, so you do not fail in flight."

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine publically pressurized SpaceX to deliver on its part of the USD 2.4 billion Commercial Crew Contract awarded to SpaceX in 2014. The NASA administrator believes the Crew Dragon could be ready for operations during the first quarter of next year. However, Bridenstine also emphasized the importance of the current timeline as these final tests are the most important ones. “What we’re trying to do is get back to a day where we have realistic costs and schedules,” Bridenstine said. “Right now, the one program that we need the most credibility in the fastest is the Commercial Crew program. And SpaceX is a big part of that.”

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