Last week, in a ground test, SpaceX successfully completed an engine ignition test of its new manned spacecraft, the Crew Dragon,media reported. Now you can see the slow-motion show of this wonderful test. Today, NASA’s commercial manned program announced video of the test, the latest milestone SpaceX has reached as it prepares for its next flight.
These engines, known as SuperDracos, are part of the manned Dragon spacecraft’s emergency abort system, and if there are any problems in future space travel it will certainly come in handy. When the rocket used to carry the Dragon spacecraft fails, the engines will ignite, and the thrusters will take the astronauts to safety and eventually open their parachutes and slowly land on the surface.
The success of the test paves the way for SpaceX’s next big test, the in-flight suspension, when the company will fire SuperDracos in the actual launch. If successful, the demonstration would pave the way for a larger flight, the first time nasa astronauts will be sent into space. Unfortunately, the exact timetable for the test has not yet been announced.