SpaceX test Super Draco engines for countries Dragon space capsule

Jan

23

2016

SpaceX has released video footage of a previous test with his Crew Dragon capsule. The space agency wants the module using its Super Draco thrusters on solid ground can allow countries with the precision of a helicopter.

SpaceX Super Draco test The test was conducted on November 24, 2015, but has only released SpaceX now the images. We see how the Dragon capsule suspended from a cable just above the ground. At the moment that the Super Draco-propellant motors are turned on, the common capsule floats above the ground. In total, the capsule includes eight Super Draco engines, which in ‘jet pack’ pairs are confirmed.

During the test, which lasted five seconds, deletes the SpaceX Dragon capsule stable to levitate. Super Draco engines generated thereby covering 147kN of thrust. They are more powerful variants of the regular Draco engines that are already in use on the Dragon cargo capsule of SpaceX. In the space, the propellant motors are used to navigate the capsule to the ISS after it has been disconnected from its launcher.

The ultimate goal of SpaceX is to have his-Dragon capsule on the ground to be able to land by means of the thrusters. Currently turn the space capsule with cargo back to Earth using parachutes and landing them in the sea. At the first manned flights with the Dragon V2 module will also continue to be landed in the sea, without the use of the thrusters.

Space organization NASA in November 2015 a green light to SpaceX to manned missions to the ISS carrying. Such a mission should take place in 2017 for the first time. SpaceX will assign its Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon Crew spacecraft use. Since 2012 provides commercial space company of Elon Musk all cargo missions to the ISS. For this, a cargo version of the Dragon capsule is used.

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