Crew Dragon makes a Successful Escape

SpaceX In-Flight Abort test was text book

Falcon 9 lifts off with Crew Dragon to demonstrate abort system | photo: Crystal Gabriel

In preparation of NASA’s Commercial Crew program, SpaceX launched it’s Crew Dragon spacecraft. On January 19, 2020 at approximately 10:30 a.m. EST, a Falcon 9 rocket booster made it’s final thrust. The 4th flown Faclon 9 rocket booster B1046.4 did not make a landing. Instead, as planned, it blew up over the Atlantic Ocean. We bid you farewell B1046.4, and thanks for all the launches. This was a planned detonation, to demonstrate Crew Dragon’s escape capabilities.

The Crew Dragon spacecraft had ignited it’s Draco engines about 90 seconds into the flight. This was an amazing escape. It got to about 1 mile from the detonating rocket booster with in seconds. As well as, only experiencing about 3.5 G-Forces.

Crew Dragon escapes as Falcon 9 B1046.4 detonates | photo: Crystal Gabriel

This was a full on successful test by Elon Musk’s SpaceX team. They expect a crewed mission to the International Space Station NET (No Earlier Than) end of 1st quarter of 2020. But that can always change.

Jon Van Horne
Jon Van Horne

He began his career in media as a multimedia designer and developer in Montreal, Quebec. He developed a passion for media during his job in Photography and Video at a Montreal media content company. Other passions in media, photography/videography and soon going back to school in engineering.