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SpaceX and NASA Gear Up for Key Test of SpaceX's Crew Dragon Commercial Crew Spacecraft

SpaceX and NASA set to undertake an “in-flight abort” test of its Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 launch vehicle.

 

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SpaceX and NASA gear up for key test of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon commercial crew spacecraft.

SpaceX and NASA are set to undertake an “in-flight abort” test of its Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 launch vehicle, which will test whether the capsule can safely disengage from its launch vehicle in the event of an anomaly.

 

SpaceX plans to launch Crew Dragon from Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 8 a.m. EST on Saturday, January 18.

 

POA: Approximately a minute and a half after liftoff, nine Merlin 1D engines will be turned off. This will signal an anomaly to Crew Dragon's onboard computer, which will then prompt the capsule's eight SuperDraco engines to turn on and pull the capsule away from the rocket. The Crew Dragon capsule will then continue on its intended path for a while before it repositions itself for the journey back toward Earth. Parachutes will deploy and Crew Dragon will splash down in the Atlantic ocean, where recovery boats will pluck it from the frigid waters.

 

If everything goes according to plan, the company will get the green light from NASA to send astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken to the International Space Station. TechCrunch

 

Boeing encounters new glitch with 737 Max flight computers. 

Return to Flight? Not Yet: US aircraft manufacturer Boeing has encountered a new glitch with its 737 Max flight computers, which prevents the jet’s flight-control computers from powering up and verifying they are ready for flight.

 

“We are making necessary updates and working with the FAA on submission of this change, and keeping our customers and suppliers informed,” a Boeing spokesman said.

 

The glitch might further delay the aircraft's return to service after it was grounded in March last year following two unfortunate crashes. CNN Business

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