SpaceX to blow-up Falcon 9 rocket

Katie Ramirez
January 15, 2020

"Critical test launch before flying astronauts is green for Jan. 18", SpaceX CEO Elon Muskwrote on Twitter Saturday (Jan. 11) as the company test-fired the mission's Falcon 9 at Launch Pad 39A of NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Liftoff is set for 8 a.m. EST (1300 GMT), NASA has said.

SpaceX wants this test to go properly to point out that Crew Dragon is able to launch NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the Worldwide House Station on a crewed flight check later this year. However, that capsule exploded throughout work on floor assessments of the abort system a month later.

The in-flight abort test is the final hurdle SpaceX is required to clear before launching the first crewed mission to the International Space Station. Following the launch of the duo, the software in the capsule will consciously activate the launch cancellation system during the flight and Crew Dragon will leave the rocket and return to Earth via parachute.

The Falcon 9 rocket used for this mission, the first stage has flown three missions. From beginning to end, the check flight ought to take lower than 12 minutes. There will be a recovery ship ready to bring it back to safety. SpaceX does not expect the rocket to survive Crew Dragon's separation from the booster.

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This weekend SpaceX hopes to get a successful test off the ground and into the air during a four-hour window starting on Saturday, at 08:00 ET - which is about 13:00 on Sunday here at home. The test is also arguably the most important as it validates the spacecraft's ability to safely extract astronauts from any issues that may occur with the launch vehicle.

The Dragon's return to Earth on Tuesday marked the conclusion of this particular capsule's third flight to the house station, and SpaceX's 19th resupply mission to the station since 2012 below a multibillion-greenback cargo transportation contract with NASA.

However, Boeing suffered a major loss when its Starliner spacecraft failed in December during the orbital test flight.

Simply as SpaceX moved nearer to human spaceflight in 2019, so, too, did Boeing. Following the test, SpaceX officials confirmed in a tweet that it had been completed successfully and revealed the January 18 launch date.

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