Few days ago, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted a video showing the stimulation of upcoming company’s Crew Dragon Mission to the International Space Station (ISS). On Monday, Elon Musk tweeted a two-minute clip that shows the capsule-like spaceship Crew Dragon, take off, countdown and separation of the vehicle from the Falcon 9 rocket.
In the video, simulation of docking of the capsule with the International Space Station and detaching of it before returning to the earth with the help of parachutes has been shown. Although, it is a very normal thing for huge companies to share a simulated or animated footage before the final launch of the actual project.
Engadget reported that according to NASA, the Falcon 9 would soon get ready for its first crewed test flight “Demo-2” to the ISS. The first flight for the capsule will take place in the first quarter of 2020.
In November 2019, SpaceX completed a series of tests of static fire engines for the new passenger spacecraft Crew Dragon. These static fire engines will lay down the way for the in-flight launch escape demonstration.
In April 2019, during the testing of similar set of engines, the spacecraft experienced a technical issue that resulted in an explosion in the vehicle. Fortunately, no one got injured in the explosion. SpaceX said that the first series of tests were completed successfully, but during the final tests an anomaly took place on the test stand.
In the following months, NASA and SpaceX made up a team by combining some of their employees. Scientists of this team found a liquid propellant slug that could unexpectedly result in an explosion in the titanium ignition event by entering in the high-flow helium pressurization system.
By doing a lot of investigation and performing many tests, SpaceX again designed the components of the system to reduce the chances of slug entering the high-pressurization system as much as possible.
Earlier in the year 2019, SpaceX conducted a test flight of Crew Dragon Mission, the Crew Dragon flew to the space station, docked and then returned back to the earth safely. This test flight resulted in a successful test flight.
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