Last week SpaceX released the engines of its new passenger spacecraft, Crew Dragon, during a ground test, and now you can watch the fiery show in all its slow speed. Today, NASA released footage of the test, marking the latest SpaceX milestone reached as the company prepares the capsule for its next flight.
Engines known as SuperDracos are part of the Crew Dragon emergency abortion system that will definitely come. useful if something goes wrong during a future space trip. The engines are designed to ignite if the rocket carrying the Crew Dragon starts to malfunction. Then the pipes will carry the Dragon to the crew in a safe place, which will cause the capsules of the capsule to unfold and slightly lower the capsule into the ocean.
This latest round of Crew Dragon tests officially paved the way for the next big SpaceX test, known as in-flight abortion test: SuperDracos launch during actual launch. If this demonstration is successful, it will pave the way for an even larger flight, which will, for the first time, carry NASA astronauts aboard a crewman.
The flight abortion date has not yet been released, so it may take a while before Crew Dragon can fly again. For now, you can watch SuperDracos in action with this latest video and imagine how they perform on average.