NASA telecasts launch of SpaceX crew Dragon escape test

NASA has announced it provided coverage of the upcoming prelaunch and launch activities for the SpaceX Crew Dragon launch escape demonstration, the agency said.

The SpaceX Crew Dragon will launch from historic Launch Complex 39A at NASA´s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. SpaceX will intentionally trigger Crew Dragon to perform the launch escape prior to 1 minute, 30 seconds into flight. Falcon 9 is expected to aerodynamically break up offshore over the Atlantic Ocean. The spacecraft is planned to land under parachutes offshore in the ocean.

The goal of NASA´s Commercial Crew Program is safe, reliable and cost-effective transportation to and from the International Space Station, which could allow for additional research time and increase the opportunity for discovery aboard humanity´s orbiting testbed for exploration.