CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – SpaceX successfully launched a rocket Sunday with its Crew Dragon spacecraft attached to perform an abort system test. The test was originally scheduled for Saturday but was postponed due to inclement weather.
The in-flight abort test is the final step SpaceX must take to certify its spacecraft to fly NASA astronauts, possibly later this year.
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LIFTOFF! @SpaceX’s In-Flight Abort Test began at 10:30am ET with liftoff from Launch Complex 39A at @NASAKennedy on a mission to show the #CrewDragon spacecraft’s capability to safely separate from the rocket in the unlikely event of an emergency. Watch: https://t.co/vjbZFBIMHD pic.twitter.com/o0qtQvYBhx— NASA (@NASA) January 19, 2020
Waiting for #SpaceX to confirm what looked to be a successful #InFlightAbort test of #CrewDragon. Here’s the first minute of @news6wkmg video of liftoff at @NASAKennedy. Falcon 9 sets off a car alarm! @Commercial_Crew @SpaceX @elonmusk pic.twitter.com/6peLcHs105— James Sparvero (@News6James) January 19, 2020
Crew Dragon just splashed down in the Atlantic. Recovery is expected to take a few hours.— Emilee Speck (@EMSpeck) January 19, 2020
Congratulations to the @NASA and @SpaceX team for a successful In-Flight Abort Test! This critical test puts us on the cusp of once again launching American astronauts on American rockets from American soil. Spacecraft recovery operations are underway. pic.twitter.com/5ZzEVesAJW— Jim Bridenstine (@JimBridenstine) January 19, 2020