SpaceX Releases On-board Footage of Emergency Escape Test

By Anthony Wood, Gizmag – SpaceX has released on-board footage of its successful Crew Dragon Launch Abort System (LAS) test that took place at Launch Complex 40 of the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station earlier this month. The success of the company’s innovative new design of LAS represents a vital stepping stone in the spacecraft’s road to becoming human rated. The newly released footage shows in real time the dramatic life saving contingency that would be triggered should a critical error be detected in the rocket below in a launch scenario. The traditional LAS system comes in the form of a rocket tower, that perches above and enshrouds a crew capsule at launch. In the event of an emergency, the tower fires, lifting the capsule and its valuable human cargo clear of danger. This tried and tested system was used during the Apollo era, and is planned for use...

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