Crew Dragon In-Flight Abort Test

Overview

Destination: Sub-Orbital
Mission: Test Flight

Sub-Orbital Launch Complex 39A Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA
B1046 - Atlantic

When the Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket reaches Max-Q (maximum dynamic forces), the launch abort system of the Crew Dragon spacecraft will be triggered. This will fire up its SuperDraco engines and propel the spacecraft and its theoretical passengers away from the launch vehicle before landing back safely in the Atlantic Ocean. The goal of this test is to demonstrate the capacity of the spacecraft to ensure a safe return to the ground for the astronauts in the event of a launch vehicle failure. The booster for this launch will be B1046, a thrice-flown core which was the first of the Block 5 generation. It will not attempt to land and is expected to be destroyed by the SuperDracos and aerodynamic loads.

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Falcon 9 Block 5

Family: Falcon
Configuration: Block 5

Falcon 9 is a two-stage rocket designed and manufactured by SpaceX for the reliable and safe transport of satellites and the Dragon spacecraft into orbit. The Block 5 variant is the fifth major interval aimed at improving upon the ability for rapid reusability.

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Specifications
  • Minimum Stage
    1
  • Max Stage
    2
  • Length
    70.0 m
  • Diameter
    3.65 m
  • Fairing Diameter
    5.2 m
  • Launch Mass
    549 T
  • Thrust
    7607 kN
Family
  • Name
    Falcon 9 Block 5
  • Family
    Falcon
  • Variant
    Block 5
  • Alias
  • Full Name
    Falcon 9 Block 5
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
    $52,000,000
  • Low Earth Orbit
    22800 kg
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
    8300 kg
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity

Booster Info


B1046

Status: Destroyed


Type: Core
Flight Proven: Yes
First Flight: May 11, 2018
Last Flight: January 19, 2020
Flights: 4
Landings Attempted: 3
Landings Successful: 3
Previous B1046 Flights

Landing Information

NO attempt to recover this stage will be made. The booster does not have any recovery hardware installed.

Core will be expended.

Crew Dragon C205


Active Human Rated Unmanned Crew Capacity: 4 Payload Capacity: 6000 kg
Destination: Atlantic Ocean
Serial Number: C205

Crew Dragon 2 is the Crew Dragon spacecraft launched on the In Flight Abort Test.

Crew Dragon 2 Details

SpaceX

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CEO: Elon Musk Founded: 2002 Successes: 87 Failures: 6 Pending: 42

Agency Type: Commercial

Space Exploration Technologies Corp., known as SpaceX, is an American aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company headquartered in Hawthorne, California. It was founded in 2002 by entrepreneur Elon Musk with the goal of reducing space transportation costs and enabling the colonization of Mars. SpaceX has many pads, on the East Coast of the US they own SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral and LC-39A at the Kennedy Space Center for their lower inclination launches. They also own SLC-4E at Vandenberg, California for their high inclination launches. Another site is also being developed at Boca Chica, Texas.

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