The Elon Musk-led SpaceX has finalized a series of static fire engine experiments of its new passenger spacecraft.
Crew Dragon is now facilitating a way for an in-flight launch escape showing. In April, during a similar set of engine tests, the spacecraft experienced an abnormality which caused an explosion and loss of the vehicle. In May, a team made up of SpaceX and NASA personnel indicated that a slug of liquid propellant in the high-flow helium pressurisation system unexpectedly caused a titanium ignition event resulting in an explosion.
According to the investigation’s results and months of testing, SpaceX redesigned elements of the system to exclude the probability of slugs penetrating into the high-flow pressurisation scheme.
“Full duration static fire test of Crew Dragon’s launch escape system complete — SpaceX and NASA teams are now reviewing test data and working toward an in-flight demonstration of Crew Dragon’s launch escape capabilities,” SpaceX tweeted on Wednesday.
“Today’s tests will help validate the launch escape system ahead of Crew Dragon’s in-flight abort demonstration planned as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program,” NASA said in a blog post on Wednesday.