SpaceX announced that it successfully carried out the tests of thrusters, which are employed in its Crew Dragon spacecraft’s abort system. Reportedly, the firm could achieve this success after about 7 Months of its failure in the alike test due to which the firm had to lose an additional craft. These trials were carried out at Cape Canaveral, Florida. In a tweet, SpaceX announced the successful completion of the launch escape system’s “full duration” static-fire trial. Moreover, it stated that the firm along with NASA is researching on the available data.
The firm said, “NASA and SpaceX teams are now studying the trial data and focusing on an in-flight demonstration of Crew Dragon’s launch escape abilities.” The static-fire trial is supposed to be an initial stage to an in-flight abort trial, where the Dragon capsule will escape from a Falcon 9 rocket approximately 90 Seconds following its launch from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Via that trial, the launch escape system’s capability to work during maximum dynamic pressure conditions at the time of liftoff will be accessed. In 2015, the system’s pad abort trail was carried out by the firm. Moreover, attempts to carry out an alike static-fire trial were executed by SpaceX on April 20 using a different Crew Dragon craft.
On a similar note, officers from NASA recently highlighted the agency’s inability to adhere to its schedule for the Lunar 2024 mission. The space agency emphasized the unmitigated setbacks in deciding the financial year 2020 budget as the key reason for this delay in the mission. In the recent speech, NASA Headquarters’ Director Of Human Lunar Exploration Programs Marshall Smith stated that the agency wants to continue its efforts such as accessing the human lunar lander’s missions. However, the absence of a final spending bill to financially support this mission might impact the mission’s development speed.