In Today’s Deep Space Extra… SpaceX offers new details regarding a destructive April 20 incident in which Crew Dragon abort thrusters were being prepared for an upcoming flight test. Efforts to launch the company’s 17th NASA contracted cargo mission to the International Space Station (ISS) early Friday were delayed. NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) is coming together. India looks to July for the launch of its next Moon mission.
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SpaceX clears cargo mission for launch, confirms destruction of crew capsule
Spaceflightnow.com (5/2): While affirming plans to launch SpaceX’s 17th NASA contracted Dragon cargo mission to the International Space Station (ISS) early Friday, the company’s vice president of build and flight responsibility, Hans Koenigsmann, offered more details on a destructive April 20 ground thruster test of the Crew Dragon abort hardware at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The Crew Dragon capsule, which flew to the Space Station in March without a crew and returned to Earth as part of a flight test, was destroyed during the incident, he disclosed. The capsule was being prepared to launch again this summer as part of an uncrewed in flight Falcon 9 rocket abort test, a demonstration of its ability to ...