NASA PIT Crew to Witness SpaceX SuperDraco Abort Engine Test

SpaceX Super Draco hot fire. (Credit: SpaceX)
SpaceX SuperDraco hot fire. (Credit: SpaceX)

CCP Spotlight on Development

The NASA Partner Integration Team, called a PIT Crew, working with Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) to help develop the company’s Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft combination recently talked with SpaceX representatives about its spacecraft propulsion and parachute systems.

Later this month, the PIT Crew will travel to McGregor, Texas, for a SuperDraco abort engine test. Plans call for eight SuperDracos to be built into the sidewalls of the Dragon spacecraft, allowing a crew to escape from danger at any point of a launch.

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