In a recent tweet, SpaceX has confirmed that the company is getting ready for a Crew Dragon test flight later on Saturday. According to the company, the Crew Dragon capsule will be mounted on a Falcon 9 rocket for the launch test.
In case you are wondering, the upcoming crew Dragon in-flight abort test will prove that the capsule is capable of pulling out the astronaut crews in case of a failed launch. Shortly afterwards, Elon Musk turned to Twitter to reveal that the test will go as planned. During the test, the Crew Dragon will eject itself from a rocket as it fires toward space to showcase how it will carry astronauts during any problematic launch.
Critical test launch before flying astronauts is green for Jan 18 https://t.co/r4mcuCfCil
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 11, 2020
SpaceX’s upcoming test isn’t surprising considering the company is looking to use the upcoming test to demonstrate to NASA after the agency asked private companies to build spacecrafts that can carry astronauts. Following the discontinuation of the Space Shuttle program, NASA awarded Boeing and SpaceX $4.2 billion and $2.6 billion respectively to develop the spacecraft.
However, last month Boeing suffered a major setback when the company’s Starliner spacecraft failed during the orbital test flight.