And once again, SpaceX is turning heads. When it comes to Elon Musk, there are quite a few of his ideas that have bloomed and prospered. SpaceX is one of them.
This Thursday, SpaceX had tweeted a video which demonstrated Crew Dragon’s ability to safely carry astronauts away from the rocket in the unlikely event of an emergency — This was quite ahead of their in-flight abort test. “Our team has completed over 700 tests of the spacecraft’s SuperDraco engines”, SpaceX claimed in their tweet.
Ahead of our in-flight abort test for @Commercial_Crew—which will demonstrate Crew Dragon's ability to safely carry astronauts away from the rocket in the unlikely event of an emergency—our team has completed over 700 tests of the spacecraft's SuperDraco engines pic.twitter.com/nswMPCK3F9
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) September 12, 2019
To be fairly honest, when millions of commoners are more enthusiastic about NASA, SpaceX had remained under the shadow ever since. But not anymore !! SpaceX had been rigorously working under the hood – the results speak for themselves.
During a press conference, Japanese Billionaire Yusaku Maezawa reportedly said one of his main reasons for departing Zozo is to make time to train for a 2023 voyage around the moon with starship: a new rocket system planned by SpaceX. Now that had already indicated about something HUGE.
Maezawa also claimed that he is planning to launch on a less ambitious spaceflight around Earth prior to his “#dearmoon” mission with SpaceX, founded by tech mogul Elon Musk. SpaceX had been working feverishly in South Texas and Florida to develop and launch test prototypes of the system. Once complete, Starships may stand about 400 feet tall and be fully reusable.
Wait there’s still some food left for tech-geeks. Let’s see why this achievement from SpaceX is a huge feat for them –
According to a follow-up tweet,the spacecraft is outfitted with eight SuperDraco engines, allowing it to cover half a mile in just 7.5 seconds during an emergency, reaching a top speed of 436 mph. Parachutes ensure that the craft safely lands back on Earth after the system deploys. Now this is some serious Science going on.
Ironically, these are the same engines responsible for blowing up the first Crew Dragon Capsule during its first systems’ test this April. Last week, SpaceX tested the first stage of its Falcon 9 boosters that will be responsible for launching two NASA astronauts into orbit as part of Crew Dragon’s first-ever crewed test flight.
Stay tuned while SpaceX makes more headlines in the ‘Martian’ future to come.
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