SpaceX does mock-up abort test in Cape Canaveral

May 30, 2015 – 01:45 pm

SpaceX fired a mock-up capsule into the air Wednesday morning from Cape Canaveral, Florida, to test the new, super-streamlined launch escape system for astronauts.

No humans were on board for the brief flight - which lasted barely over a minute - just a dummy.

SpaceX's Dragon capsule launche from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

The Dragon capsule was fired from a test stand, not a rocket and shot up and out over the Atlantic.

Rocket engines on the capsule provided the thrust. Red and white parachutes popped out and lowered the capsule into the ocean, just offshore.

The California-based company led by billionaire Elon Musk aims to launch U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station as early as 2017. Boeing is designing its own crew capsule.

NASA wants to make sure the commercial crew flights will be safe, and is insisting on reliable escape systems.


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