Cape Canaveral / Florida: Elon Musk's SpaceX will try again on Sunday to destroy one of its own missiles while testing a critical emergency crash. A day after bad weather forced the company to postpone its final milestone test before NASA astronauts were flown out of the U.S.
Strong winds and rough seas in the area where the spacecraft was likely to crash on Saturday delayed the dramatic test of the unmanned astronaut capsule in flight on Sunday. The launch window lasted more than six hours and started at 8:00 a.m.CET (1300 GMT).
SpaceX said in a Twitter post early Sunday that the weather would continue to be monitored and that Cape Canaveral, Florida start time would be 9:00 a.m. (1400 GMT).
If the test continues, SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule, an acorn-shaped capsule that can accommodate seven astronauts, will fire engines less than two minutes after take-off to disengage from a Falcon 9 rocket and simulate an emergency crash scenario Proof of this can bring astronauts to safety.
The test is crucial to qualify the capsule for human flight to the International Space Station, which the National Aviation and Space Agency expects in mid-2020. Years of development and delays ensued when the United States attempted to revive its manned space program through private partnerships.
NASA donated $ 4.2 billion to Boeing and $ 2.5 billion to SpaceX in 2014 to develop separate capsule systems that astronauts used for the first time since NASA's space shuttle program ended in 2011 in the United States Ground can be brought to the space station on Russian spacecraft for trips to the space station.
During the test, the Falcon 9 rocket boosters will be turned off approximately 19 km above sea level. This is an apparent failure that causes Crew Dragon's SuperDraco engines to repel themselves at supersonic speeds of up to 1,500 miles an hour.
The capsule will use three parachutes to slow the descent into the water. It will carry two human test dummies that are equipped with motion sensors to collect data on the immense acceleration force on the body during the crash.
The test was originally scheduled for mid-2019, but was delayed after a Crew Dragon capsule detonated on a test bench in April, shortly before the launch engines were fired, triggering a long investigation.
In July, investigators led by SpaceX discovered an unprecedented explosive reaction between a titanium valve and a propellant used to ignite the engines. A SpaceX official said the company had completed the investigation within the past week.