Falcon 9 Block 5 | Dragon In-Flight Abort Test

SpaceX Dragon In-Flight Abort Test intentionally blowing up a Falcon 9 Block 5 Rocket

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SpaceX is scheduled to launch a Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket as part of the Dragon In-Flight Abort Test mission. The launch window for the In Flight Test mission is on Sun, Jan 19th, 2020, 10:30 AM EST from Space Launch Complex 39A, Cape Canaveral, FL. The status of the launch is Green. Don’t miss this Dragon In-Flight Abort Test! Watch the launch video of the Falcon 9 Block 5 and experience the excitement for yourself. NO attempt to recover this stage will be made.

Mission

Dragon In-Flight Abort Test

A Falcon 9 will launch carrying a brand new Crew Dragon capsule and will simulate a failure by intentionally blowing up the Falcon 9 rocket whilst flying through Max-Q to demonstrate the spacecraft's ability to escape in the event of a catastrophic failure of the launch vehicle.

Location

Space Launch Complex 39A, Cape Canaveral, FL

Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
SpaceX

Rocket

Falcon 9 Block 5

Falcon 9 is a two-stage rocket designed and manufactured by SpaceX for the reliable and safe transport of satellites and the Dragon spacecraft into orbit. The Block 5 variant is the fifth major interval aimed at improving upon the ability for rapid reusability.

SpaceX

Space Exploration Technologies Corp., known as SpaceX, is an American aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company headquartered in Hawthorne, California. It was founded in 2002 by entrepreneur Elon Musk with the goal of reducing space transportation costs and enabling the colonization of Mars. SpaceX has many pads, on the East Coast of the US they own SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral and LC-39A at the Kennedy Space Center for their lower inclination launches. They also own SLC-4E at Vandenberg, California for their high inclination launches. Another site is also being developed at Boca Chica, Texas.

NO attempt to recover this stage will be made.

Falcon 9 booster B1046 is a reusable first-stage booster for the orbital-class Falcon 9 vehicle manufactured by SpaceX. B1046 was the first Falcon 9 block 5 to fly and the first to do a re-flight. It is also the first rocket to fly two GTO missions and the first orbital-class booster to fly and land three times. Notably, this booster was also the first to launch from each of SpaceX's Falcon 9 launch pads.

Atlantic (ATL)

The Atlantic ocean on the East coast of the United States is a common landing area for expended boosters.

Ocean (Ocean)

Typically indicates a landing in which the booster is not recovered.

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