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SpaceX successfully completed tests on the Crew Dragon engine without explosion



The company is conducting tests near Landing Zone 1 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, starting with a two-second burn for two of the Crew Dragon's 16 Draco thrusters. Those thrusters will be used for maneuver and attitude control, as well as for spacecraft re-orientation. The Crew Dragon team then fired eight SuperDraco engines, which were in charge of accelerating the spacecraft away from its launch vehicle, in nine seconds.

Subsequently, Draco drivers and SuperDraco engines were fired in the same order they would do so if the spacecraft needed to reorient its own in-flight in order to deploy its parachute and close the flaps before reactivation of the environment. These tests will help SpaceX and NASA validate the launch of the Crew Dragon's escape system before a planned in-flight demonstration. Before that demonstration can take place, though, both NASA and SpaceX will need to review the data from these tests, perform hardware inspections and establish a date for in-flight abusive testing.


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