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SpaceX to detonate a Falcon 9 rocket moments after launch

Following the destruction of the Demo-1 Crew Dragon, an investigation was launched which ultimately lead to a redesign of the spacecraft.

The upcoming Crew Dragon in-flight abort test will prove that the capsule is capable of pulling out the astronaut crews in case of failure during launch, Space.com reported.

The SpaceX Crew Dragon has already made multiple tests.

SpaceX wants this test to go properly to point out that Crew Dragon is able to launch NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the Worldwide House Station on a crewed flight check later this year. The Crew Dragon capsule will be mounted on a Falcon 9 rocket for the launch test. Initially, the spacecraft recovered from the maiden uncrewed test flight in March 2019 was expected to be used for the test. During Saturday's test, that will happen about 90 seconds after liftoff, after which the Falcon 9's first stage engines will shut down.

Saturday's high-altitude abort demonstration will be the final major test flight of the Crew Dragon spacecraft before it is cleared to fly astronauts.

After Crew Dragon reaches the peak of its arc, it will jettison its cylindrical trunk and deploy four parachutes as it falls back to Earth to splash down in the Atlantic Ocean.

SpaceX's GO Searcher recovery ship will be on hand to retrieve the Crew Dragon, but don't expect to see an awesome rocket landing.

The test, which will be conducted on January 18th, will determine whether the Crew Dragon can separate the capsule carrying the astronauts from the rocket during an emergency during the flight.

"Destroyed in Dragon fire", Musk said on Twitter when asked about the rocket's fate.

Coming up next is the in-flight abort test, which will likely take place this weekend.

NASA has signed contracts with SpaceX and Boeing to build private spacecraft to fly astronauts to and from ISS. The test is also arguably the most important as it validates the spacecraft's ability to safely extract astronauts from any issues that may occur with the launch vehicle.

However, Boeing suffered a major loss when its Starliner spacecraft failed in December during the orbital test flight.

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