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Finalization Of Crew Dragon Emergency Escape Tests by SpaceX

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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.

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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.

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