SPACEX IFA Test Patch
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This is the Official SPACEX In-Flight Abort Test Patch.
Spacex just took a giant leap forward in its quest to launch astronauts. The private spaceflight company intentionally destroyed one of its rockets on Sunday as part of a crucial test of its new Crew Dragon capsule's launch escape system.
The uncrewed test, known as an in-flight abort (IFA) test, is the last major hurdle SpaceX needed to clear before Crew Dragon can begin to carry astronauts to and from the International Space Station.
The booster was the first of SpaceX’s upgraded "Block 5" Falcon 9 rockets to fly and, after serving the company well, it went out with a bang today, destroyed by Dragon fire.
The IFA mission was designed to test Crew Dragon's SuperDraco powered abort system, which will pull the capsule free of its launcher in the event of an emergency during flight.
“We are purposefully failing a launch vehicle, to make sure our abort system works,” Kathy Lueders, NASA’s Commercial Crew Program manager, said during a prelaunch news briefing on Friday (Jan. 17). “That’s a very, very different way for us to formally conduct a mission.”
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