January 20, 2020

Astronomy Video of the Week: A Ride with Dragon

Launch! Image credit: SpaceX

Whoa.

How would you escape from the launch pad in an emergency? Recently, SpaceX demonstrated just such a capability with the abort test of its Dragon capsule, carried out on May 6th at Cape Canaveral. This is a crucial step towards certifying the spacecraft for crewed missions, which are expected to begin in April 2017. Dragon went from 0 to 100 mph in just 1.2 seconds, and reached a maximum velocity of 345 mph. [Read more...]