Successful verification tests have proved that SpaceX is ready to support manned launches and protect astronauts'lives through effective escape methods.
Prior to the official launch pad escape verification test, SpaceX and NASA's Commercial astronaut Program (CCP) team conducted exercises on how to ensure the safety of astronauts, including the emergency evacuation of astronauts from the ship model on the recycling ship Go Searcher.
Figure 2: on 13 and 15 August, the SpaceX and NASA teams completed several safety exercises related to the manned dragon spacecraft, including the method of safely rescuing astronauts from the capsule and evacuating them to the land-based medical center by helicopte
Several teams from NASA and SpaceX, including astronaut office staff at NASA Aerospace Center, NASA flight surgeons, SpaceX system engineers, aerospace medical and commercial astronaut plan safety personnel, have successfully completed two fully armed and different escape methods.
"this demonstration allows all teams responsible for ground operation, system design, ground safety and emergency management to observe and verify that the system is ready for use," Steve Penet, an, NASA CCP launch operator integrated in CCP's blog post, said.
The launch pad escape method practiced in the LC-39A simulated evacuation plan will guide the flight and launch pad staff to a safe place if any life-threatening anomalies occur during the launch. This time, two different versions of escape methods are tested, namely, the rapid emergency evacuation scheme of cable system and the use of elevators to evacuate without endangering life and safety.
Photo 3:NASA astronauts Shannon Walker (Shannon Walker) and Bob Benken (Bob Behnken) took part in the test to verify how the crew could safely and quickly evacuate the launch pad before SpaceX's first manned flight test, known as Demo-2, took off.
Both escape plans require crew members to evacuate LC-39A fixed service structure (FSS) crew entry and exit arms and crew loading platforms. LC-39A is over 80 meters high. During SpaceX's refurbishment of the LC-39A, the crew loading platform was mobile tested to accommodate the position of the manned dragon spacecraft on the Falcon 9 rocket, which was very different from the previous space shuttle launched from the LC-39-A and much higher than the latter.
In his blog post, test astronaut Bob Behnken was excited about the success of the tests, which brought him and his colleagues one step closer to orbiting the SpaceX manned dragon spacecraft. "As we prepare for the Demo-2 mission, it's exciting to run such validation tests," he said. Every drill today has made me wonder what it would be like to take a real manned spacecraft. ".
SpaceX's manned spacecraft is preparing to send astronauts to the International Space Station for the first time. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk (Elon Musk) recently said the manned Dragon spacecraft (C204), which supports DM-2 and pushes SpaceX into a new era of manned space, will arrive in Florida as early as November 2019. The Falcon 9 booster (B1058) has completed a static fire test in Texas and is likely to be in or about to arrive in Florida.
SpaceX should be ready to put its first astronauts into orbit early next year if everything goes as planned during the upcoming flight interruption (IFA) test of the manned dragon spacecraft and NASA can efficiently complete numerous reviews and documentation tasks.