SpaceX Crew Dragon Abort Check Newest – Falcon 9 Explodes!

published on July 3, 2020

a few minutes after that dragon launch

escape system was armed just before we

began loading propellant onto the Falcon

9 so if an unplanned situation arose

right now dragon would perform an escape

now currently the engines are chilled in

for launch on the Falcon the dragon

spacecraft is waiting for liftoff we

have retracted and you can see in the

video the strong back is moved away just

about two degrees in readiness for

liftoff we have also finished loading

liquid oxygen onto both the stages of

the Falcon 9 is just about ready the

large white cloud you see coming off of

the side we're venting down the pressure

from the liquid oxygen supply lines in

the strong back in preparation for

launch the last events are going to here

start up at one minute when the

computers take over and the launch

director go at thirty seconds and we're

coming right up on that in about 15

seconds now will be just a minute from

liftoff and Falcon 9 is as you just

heard is moving into those final stages

of the final countdown for the in-flight

abort test today so far weather's

looking okay we're hoping it's going to

continue to cooperate and the range is

green for launch now if for some reason

we scrub today we will shift to our

backup launch window which is tomorrow

at the same time again this is just a

test we're fully expecting Falcon 9 to

break up so don't be alarmed if you see

that happening live and with that let's

listen in now or just 45 seconds from

the final countdown

if Jeff is armed go for lunch

nice fifteen seconds

and nine eight seven six five four three

two one zero


t+ thirty-seconds Falcon nine with the

crew Dragon capsule is heading east from

pad 39a everything looking good right

now as we get ready for max dynamic

pressure bubbling down the first stage

engines trie nominal everything

continues to look good we're searching

the period of maximum dynamic pressure

vehicle is supersonic and passing

through maximum dynamic pressure you've

heard we're supersonic we're through max

Q we're getting ready now to throw all

the engines back up on the first stage

stage 1 throw up there's the call out ok

the major activity coming up in just

over 10 seconds shut down and drag an

escape from the Falcon 9

Mico dragon launch escape initiated and

you can hear some really loud cheering

in the room

okay you just saw bright flash there it

looks like that maybe Falcon nine

breaking up we've got some loud cheers

I'm here in Hawthorne the folks that

just watch live the dragons separate the

next milestone we have coming up at two

minutes 25 seconds we're expecting to

see the trunk jettison so that claw that

connects the trunk to the capsule is

going to separate allowing dragon to

separate from the trunk that's coming up

in 15 seconds and we do have the report

loss of telemetry from Falcon 9 first

stage and there you just saw the trunk

jettison again some really loud shears

here in Hawthorne California this test

is looking great so far nice view from

the back of the Dragon capsule we're

also trying to see if we get the view

there on the right-hand side from the

aircraft it's orbiting the area now the

dragon control system is now going to be

reorient the capsule we're at a high

altitude where the aerodynamics are

negligible so we're going to use the

small Draco thrusters on the Dragon

capsule to reorient it that gets it in a

position with a heat shield down to

re-enter the Earth's atmosphere and then

later to deploy the drogue parachutes

now those drogue chutes we expect to get

confirmation that those have deployed at

t plus 4 minutes and 48 seconds so we've

got just a little bit of breathing room

before we hear that happen those

parachutes are protected during a sent

on orbit and re-entry by a panel that's

up near the nose cone of the capsule so

we're going to jettison the panel then

the mortars will fire to deploy those

two drogue chutes again that's coming up

in just over a minute at t plus 4

minutes and 48 seconds

now those drogue chutes when we see

those come out those will open and those

will come out before the main parachutes

that those drogue parachutes are what we

use to begin to decelerate the Dragon

capsule and preparation for splashdown

we understand we're getting into the

drogue deploy envelope on the Dragon

capsule we expect that will happen when

dragon is at about 20,000 feet

about 15 seconds to drill drogue chute


and there they are drogue chutes are out


again some major cheering going on here

as every stage of this test unfolds now

we're going to be getting ready for the

main chutes to deploy now main chutes

will be coming up fairly quickly there

are four main parachutes these are the

newest mark three parachutes they're

each a hundred sixteen feet in diameter

we deploy them about two kilometers

above sea level 6,500 feet above the

Atlantic Ocean we're getting good views

from the dragon and the airplane showing

the two drogue chutes now we're just

waiting for the main parachutes to be

deployed very shortly and we have the

view from a different camera on draygon

showing the four main parachutes now

they are deployed in a reef condition

that means we're keeping them fairly

shut to avoid shocks and now we're

slowly opening up the four parachutes

great views coming off of the Dragon

camera on the left and we can also see

the four parachutes


nice view of the orange and white

parachutes is they're opening up into

the second position and then going to

fully open from fully open we'll be

descending about 20 to 25 feet per

second down to the Atlantic so from that

6,500 foot altitude it's going to take

us a few minutes to splashdown also

right now now that the mains are out a

sequence is performed on the Dragon

which will reorient the crew seats into

a splashdown position give them a little

better angle to take the slow bounce as

we hit the ocean no Maria I talked about

the parachutes came out initially at a

reef condition that's fairly standard

they come out not fully open that way

they're minimizing the shock on the


we're also minimizing the shock on the

capsule again we want to give a smooth

ride to the crew as they are coming back

through the Earth's atmosphere right now

the parachutes are located behind a door

that's at the bottom of the capsule

that's below the crew hatch so dragon

commands the door to release and as you

saw in the video the drogue parachutes

pull the doorway and that pulls the four

main parachutes out now these are the

Newmark three parachutes we've

completely here at spacex over 80 tufts

of that parachute system including 10

multi parachute tests of this particular

upgraded parachute design over the last

few months to demonstrate that the

design is ready for flight and we are

about we're just inside two minutes of

when we expect to see splashdown the

recovery teams are already out there in

the Atlantic Ocean standing by ready

with fast bows boats to begin their

initial approach to Dragon again we

mentioned this before but the recovery

operation we expect to take a couple of

hours I've heard a call out we're below

500 meters

and we expect when dragon splashes down

it's going to be roughly 32 kilometers


again we're looking at a live view so

far all things have appeared to go

nominal for this test all things looking

great so far we saw the four main

parachutes deploy you're looking at them

now fully open and we are coming up on

about a minute until splashdown I think

we may have heard a call out of a

hundred meters to go yeah I just heard

that too

now those four parachutes are actually

going to be released from the capsule

after splashdown and they'll be

recovered too and we are down down a

little bit early in fact and there you

can see the recovery boat beginning to

approach instantly I'm going to try to

talk a little bit louder so you can hear

me over the folks here this has been

really exciting thing to see because we

had the weather we're really sure if the

weather was going to cooperate we were

trying to weigh you know is it favorable

for launch but also is it favorable for

recovery because they really have to

watch the height of those waves in order

to do this operation that that fast boat

is just off-screen now but there's four

fast boats out there in the area to

begin again that initial approach to

Dragon the recovery operation from here

takes about two hours but all-in-all

this looks like a really great test yeah

a lot of fun watching the Dragon come

down we had great views from the onboard

camera in particular now I think this

camera is from our ghost searcher

recovery ship which is also the tender

for the fast boats you saw one of them

headed out there and you can also see it

looks still a little choppy so you

understand we were kind of on the edge

of the weather conditions out in the

splashdown area but they are so

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