SpaceX's Dragon Spacecraft Set for Key 'Pad Abort' Test (Photos)

April 24, 2015 – 02:44 pm
A look at the SpaceX Dragon vehicle that will undergo a crucial pad abort test in early 2015.
Credit: SpaceX

A crucial safety test looms for the crew-carrying version of SpaceX's Dragon capsule, which NASA hopes will be ready to fly astronauts to and from the International Space Station by 2017.

In the next few weeks, SpaceX will ship a Dragon test vehicle from its California headquarters to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said Monday (Feb. 2). In Cape Canaveral, the spaceship will undergo a critical "pad abort" trial, which will show how Dragon might respond if a problem were to occur during launch.


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Source: www.space.com

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  • avatar Will the reentry of the SpaceX Dragon after the upcoming mission be visible to the naked eye? Where?
    • It will be viewable from a boat four hundred miles west of Los Angeles. I suppose if it reentered at night, it would be viewable from some mid-Pacific location, like Micronesia.