NASA Briefing: SpaceX Commercial Crew Pad Abort Test

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NASA Briefing: SpaceX Commercial Crew Pad Abort Test.

A May 1 news briefing at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, previewed the pad abort test of the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft, scheduled for no earlier than Wednesday, May 6.

The test at nearby Cape Canaveral Air Force Station simulates an emergency abort situation and evaluates the ability of the spacecraft's system to carry crew members to safety following a launch abort or a launch pad emergency. This capability is a critical element for the next generation of crew spacecraft being developed to fly astronauts to and from the International Space Station.


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