SpaceX has published a video of the test system for the rescue of the new Crew Dragon spacecraft.
The idea of the system is that if something goes wrong with the rocket carrying the Crew Dragon, the device can use its own engines to avoid danger by returning to Earth with parachutes.
“our team has completed over 700 tests of the spacecraft’s SuperDraco engines” – the company said.
The device has eight SuperDraco engines, which allow it to reach speeds of 700 kilometers per hour. Parachutes provide the safest landing of the ship with the crew to Earth after the system works.
Ahead of our in-flight abort test for @Commercial_Crew—which will demonstrate Crew Dragon's ability to safely carry astronauts away from the rocket in the unlikely event of an emergency—our team has completed over 700 tests of the spacecraft's SuperDraco engines pic.twitter.com/nswMPCK3F9
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) September 12, 2019
Last week, SpaceX carried the necessary tests of the first stage of its Falcon 9 launch vehicle, which will be responsible for launching two NASA astronauts to orbit as part of the first-ever Crew Dragon test flight.
Crew Dragon is one of two manned spacecraft created as part of the NASA program to stimulate the development of spacecraft by private companies, Commercial Crew Program. It must deliver the cargo to the ISS and return to earth on March 8.