SpaceX to conduct final Crew Dragon test this weekend before capsule carries ...

SpaceX to conduct final Crew Dragon test this weekend before capsule is approved to carry astronauts into space SpaceX will conduct a test of Crew Dragon's in-flight abort system this weekend The test will be the final one before the capsule is cleared for human launch Last year, Crew Dragon exploded during a test and badly damaged the capsule 

By James Pero For

Published: 22:01 GMT, 13 January 2020 | Updated: 22:01 GMT, 13 January 2020


Slowly but surely, SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule is inching toward its first human-passengered launch.

According to a

from SpaceX, Crew Dragon's last important safety test is slated for this weekend on January 18th and will analyze the capsule's launch escape system.

'Static fire of Falcon 9 complete – targeting January 18 for an in-flight demonstration of Crew Dragon’s launch escape system, which will verify the spacecraft’s ability to carry astronauts to safety in the unlikely event of an emergency during ascent,' SpaceX tweeted. 

The test will be dependent on weather and directly proceeds a static fire of SpaceX's rocket - the Falcon 9.

During this test, the craft is launched into high-altitude and is tasked with aborting the capsule during high-velocity, which is the most stressful point of the launch. 

The test will come just two months after a safety test in November during which Crew Dragon completed a crucial test of its parachute. 

In the test, the capsule was dropped from a plane and landed safely using only three of its four parachutes.

The drop was meant to simulate Crew Dragon's ability to navigate Crew Dragon to Earth in the event that one of its four main

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