SpaceX Tests Escape Rockets So Astronauts Can Abort Missions
SpaceX says the unmanned test flight generated valuable feedback as the company prepares its crew capsule for regular use.By Evan Thomas | May 6, 2015
SpaceX tested its crew capsule abort rockets Wednesday, as the latest step in preparing its Crew Dragon capsule for manned spaceflight.
In this test, SpaceX Says “Our primary objective is to capture as much data as possible as the data captured here will be key in preparing Crew Dragon for its first human missions in 2017.”
The abort system uses eight SpaceX-designed Super Draco engines. Combined they can crank out 120,000 pounds of thrust in less than a second, to get astronauts as far as possible as fast as possible in the event of an emergency. (Video via SpaceX)