spacex abort test

First Crew Dragon flight with humans this Spring?

SpaceX is looking at a sending astronauts on a test flight in its Crew Dragon as early as this Spring. This comes on the heels of a successful in-flight abort test on January 19th.

At 10:30 a.m. Eastern, A Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center, carrying the Crew Dragon spacecraft.

84 seconds after Dragon liftoff,  eight Crew Dragon SuperDraco thrusters ignited and shot away from the Falcon 9. It then jettisoned its trunk section and deployed parachutes. Eventually, it splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean around 9 minutes after blasting off the launchpad.

It looks like we’ll soon have American astronauts lifting off into space on American built rockets on American soil again.