June 13, 2021

Video: Dragon test articles flies pad abort profile


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A test article of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon flew on an arcing minute-and-a-half demonstration flight over Cape Canaveral on Wednesday, launching atop eight 3D-printed rocket thrusters and descending to a parachute-assisted splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean.

The 20-foot-tall spaceship took off at 9 a.m. EDT (1300 GMT) to test the Dragon’s abort system, which would help astronauts escape from a catastrophic launch failure.

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