In 2019 founded by Elon Musk SpaceX company has done a great job. At least she managed to successfully raise the spacecraft Starhopper 150-meter height and launch into orbit of our planet more than 60 Internet satellites Starlink. But every year the company’s challenges become more difficult and this year she intends to send a manned flight to the International space station. It is an extremely dangerous mission, because if during the flight the accident happens, the astronauts inside the spacecraft Crew Dragon is simply unable to die. To avoid this, engineers have developed a system of emergency rescue, in the process of testing which was blown up by a rocket Falcon 9. Only to criticize the company for failing not worth it — the explosion was planned in advance.
For the test of rescue system of the spacecraft Crew Dragon was told in the SpaceX Twitter feed. The development of this system was vital to the company, because without the technology of landing and rescue of astronauts in case of accident, the space Agency NASA simply would not let her flight to the ISS. Initially, the test of the emergency rescue system was scheduled for January 18 but it was postponed to the next day due to bad weather. Thus, the launch of the carrier rocket Falcon 9 with the Dragon spacecraft Crew was held at 18:30 Moscow time from Cape Canaveral.
SpaceX is preparing for a manned flight to the ISS
During the flight company SpaceX is deliberately induced accident occurs. After the separation bow of the Falcon 9 rocket ignited the fuel, causing the explosion occurred. However, thanks to the emergency rescue system, after 84 seconds of flight Crew Dragon capsule with two dummies were separated from the collapsing rocket and successfully descended to the water, 32 kilometers from the shore. Soft landing contributed to several open parachutes.
An emergency rescue system SpaceX is no different from the technologies of other companies. In case of an accident, inside the spacecraft Crew Dragon features eight SuperDraco engines. If the sensors detect unexpected situation, these engines are activated and lead manned spacecraft away from a failing rocket. Next, the system reveals four parachutes and gently lower the capsule with the crew on the water.
Of Crew Dragon Splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean! pic.twitter.com/V1C2Xfd9Mk
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) January 19, 2020
How well the emergency rescue system has done its job, is not clear. To clarify that, at least check the condition of the mannequins that were inside the capsule. If they’re fine, the next flight spacecraft Crew Dragon could take place in March 2020. Within this mission space company SpaceX will try to send to the International space station by real people.