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NASA Calls SpaceX Abort Test Success

SpaceX reached a critical milestone in the commercial crew program. NASA gave the thumbs up to last month’s test on a capsule that could eject astronauts to safety.

The pad abort system on the Crew Dragon capsule is meant to get astronauts to safety if anything goes wrong during a launch.

It’s also a critical if they want the go-ahead from NASA to launch astronauts to the International Space Station.

SpaceX provided NASA with “volumes” of data from the test last month. NASA says the data prove the test was a success.

NASA then awarded the commercial space company with $30 million to make the capsule ready for human spaceflight.

Space X plans to test the system on a rocket mid-flight.

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Brendan Byrne

About Brendan Byrne

Space Reporter and 'Are We There Yet?' Host

Brendan covers space news for WMFE, everything from rocket launches to the latest scientific discoveries in our universe. He hosts WMFE's weekly radio show and podcast "Are We There Yet?" which explores human space exploration. He also helps produce WMFE's public affairs show "Intersection," working with host ... Read Full Bio »