NASA Invites Media to SpaceX In-Flight Abort Test for Commercial Crew

SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft
The SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft that will be used for the companys in-flight abort test arrives Oct. 1, 2019, at SpaceXs hangar at Launch Complex 39 at NASAs Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The test will demonstrate the spacecraft and launch systems ability to abort in the unlikely case of an emergency after liftoff. It’s an important step before NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley are transported to the International Space Station aboard Crew Dragon as part of NASAs Commercial Crew Program.
Credits: SpaceX

Media accreditation is open for SpaceXs In-Flight Abort Test as part of NASAs Commercial Crew Program. The flight test of SpaceXs Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft is targeted for no earlier than December an exact test date still is to be determined — from historic Launch Complex 39A at NASAs Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

This will be among the final major tests for the company before NASA astronauts will fly aboard the Crew Dragon spacecraft. As part of the test, SpaceX will configure the spacecraft to trigger a launch escape shortly after liftoff and demonstrate Crew Dragons capability to safely separate from the rocket in the unlikely event of an in-flight emergency. The demonstration also will provide valuable data toward NASA certifying SpaceXs crew transportation system for carrying astronauts to and from the International Space Station.

Media accreditation deadlines are as follows:

  • International media without U.S. citizenship must apply by 4 p.m. EST Friday, Dec. 6, for access to Kennedy media activities.
  • U.S. media must apply by 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13.

All accreditation requests should be submitted online at:

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