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#4504242 - 01/19/20 07:07 PM SpaceX Just Tested Dragons Ability to Survive an Accident  
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Successfully.


Launch is around the 18 minute mark. Abort takes place about a minute and a half into the launch.



https://youtu.be/mhrkdHshb3E


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#4504245 - 01/19/20 07:44 PM Re: SpaceX Just Tested Dragons Ability to Survive an Accident [Re: F4UDash4]  
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Amazing! I was so impressed by the main chutes opening so gradually. Pure genius.


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#4504253 - 01/19/20 09:11 PM Re: SpaceX Just Tested Dragons Ability to Survive an Accident [Re: F4UDash4]  
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Did they mean to blow the rocket up?

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Great bit of engineering. Well done !!!


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#4504256 - 01/19/20 09:42 PM Re: SpaceX Just Tested Dragons Ability to Survive an Accident [Re: Mr_Blastman]  
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Originally Posted by Mr_Blastman
Did they mean to blow the rocket up?


As I recall, they did a deliberate engine cutout, followed by escape system activation. The failure of the fully fueled rocket stages that were left behind was expected, but when it would happen (early or late) wasn't clear (to me anyway).

Good to see a success here. Not every day you get to watch a rocket launch fail, and still be a success.


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Originally Posted by adlabs6
Originally Posted by Mr_Blastman
Did they mean to blow the rocket up?


As I recall, they did a deliberate engine cutout, followed by escape system activation. The failure of the fully fueled rocket stages that were left behind was expected, but when it would happen (early or late) wasn't clear (to me anyway).

Good to see a success here. Not every day you get to watch a rocket launch fail, and still be a success.



Yep. It was fully expected, once the Dragon was gone the front end of the Falcon 9 wasn't very aerodynamic any longer and still moving very last fairly low in the atmosphere, aerodynamic forces tore it apart and the remaining fuel ignited.


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#4504298 - 01/20/20 10:29 AM Re: SpaceX Just Tested Dragons Ability to Survive an Accident [Re: F4UDash4]  
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If you pause the video at 19:50 you can see the black cloud of the explosion in Dragons "rear view" . Pretty cool.

They stopped showing the altimeter just before the escape system initiation but I think they were at around 80,000 feet.


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Scott Manley has, as usual, a great report on the entire mission



https://youtu.be/R-HOQrinzlY


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SpaceX releases preliminary results from Crew Dragon abort test

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Data from the Jan. 19 in-flight launch escape demonstration of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft indicate the performance of the capsule’s SuperDraco abort engines was “flawless” as the thrusters boosted the ship away from the top of a Falcon 9 rocket with a peak acceleration of about 3.3Gs, officials said Thursday.


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#4504854 - 01/24/20 01:01 PM Re: SpaceX Just Tested Dragons Ability to Survive an Accident [Re: F4UDash4]  
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This is really cool to read. Kinda our Generation's race to the moon.


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