SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Abort System Aces Ground Test Ahead of Major Launch

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX’s Crew Dragon astronaut taxi successfully fired its launch-escape engines on the ground today (Nov. 13) at the company’s facilities at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, keeping the vehicle on target for a crucial flight test in the coming weeks.

The brief “static fire,” which occurred at approximately 3:08 p.m. EST (2008 GMT), paves the way for SpaceX’s upcoming in-flight abort (IFA) test, a crucial uncrewed flight designed to show that the capsule can keep future astronauts safe in the event that something goes wrong during launch. If the IFA goes well, humans could fly aboard Crew Dragon sometime next year.

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