SpaceX Confirms Crew Dragon Manned Ship Killed

March 2, 2019 the American company SpaceX for the first time sent into space, in automatic mode (without crew), its partially reusable seven-seater spaceship Crew Dragon, which is a competitor to Russian ships for the delivery of cargo and astronauts / astronauts to the ISS. In a fit of "patriotism", in order to throw off the Russian "yoke", the Americans were ready almost immediately to begin manned flights with crews on new ships.

But common sense triumphed - SpaceX decided not to rush, but to conduct a series of tests and postponed the first manned flight. After that, the astronauts / astronauts, who required a workable emergency rescue system, breathed a sigh of relief, because Crew Dragon is still really “raw”.

And so, on April 20, 2019, an emergency happened at Cape Canaveral (USA). The ship Crew Dragon, which had previously flown to the ISS, exploded during the fire tests of the engines. After that, SpaceX remained silent for two weeks. Now she has officially confirmed the death of the manned ship Crew Dragon. This was reported by the American broadcaster CNN.

Currently, the investigation of the incident is ongoing. However, Hans Koenigsmann, vice president of the company, has already stated that the disaster occurred just before the launch of SuperDraco engines, which are used in the emergency rescue system. And this is very unpleasant.

The thing is that along the perimeter of Crew Dragon (capsules with crew) eight such engines are installed at once. They are provided for by the design of the ship and are used for emergency evacuation of the crew in the event of a malfunction of the launch vehicle (LV). For example, a similar system with standard operation can save the lives of crew members in the event of a rocket explosion at launch. Engines are able to lift the capsule with the crew 500 meters in five seconds (removing people from the epicenter of the explosion). After that, the capsule with the crew will safely land on parachutes. However, during the abnormal operation of the engines, which should save people, they themselves become a hotbed of mortal danger.

SpaceX planned to demonstrate the emergency rescue system in June 2019. And already in July 2019, the first manned flight of the Crew Dragon to the ISS was planned. Now, according to statements from NASA, this schedule will definitely be revised. Although the mentioned Koenigsmann, he still hopes that the first manned flight of the Crew Dragon will take place in 2019 and SpaceX has already begun construction of the next Crew Dragon.

By the way, the Americans made their last independent manned flight in July 2011. After that, they flew to the ISS only on the Soviet-Russian one-time three-seater spacecraft Soyuz TMA, Soyuz TMA-M and Soyuz MS.
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  1. aries2200 Offline aries2200
    aries2200 (aries) 4 May 2019 13: 12
    a complex technique .. an individual working out leads, not even a state ... everything will turn out ... but articles with a touch of gloating ... unethical for the editors of the site .....
    1. General Black Offline General Black
      General Black (Gennady) 5 May 2019 07: 35
      And what is the gloating? The ship is frankly raw. Systems are not fully developed. The main thing for them is to get to the station not on Russian ships. Therefore, here is such a rush. By the way, in the entire history of our cosmonautics, the USSR lost four people, and the United States 13 people in two shuttle launches. No fussing and gloating, just in time comes the one who is in no hurry.
      1. Piramidon Offline Piramidon
        Piramidon (Stepan) 5 May 2019 17: 54
        Quote: General Black
        The ship is frankly raw. Systems are not fully developed.

        The main thing that was smart enough not to put people in it.
      2. Syoma_67 Offline Syoma_67
        Syoma_67 (Semyon) 8 May 2019 11: 05
        The main thing for them is to get to the station not only on Russian ships

        - and this is not surprising 12 emergency launches over the past 15 years, even the priest did not help.
  2. Port Offline Port
    Port 5 May 2019 07: 10
    Quote: aries2200
    a complex technique .. a private person of development leads, not even a state ... everything will turn out ... but articles with a touch of gloating ... unethical for the editors of the site .....

    And to lie to the whole world about the flight to the moon ethically? And it’s ridiculous to make excuses, like we were on the moon, but we forgot how to fly there.
  3. Alexander Morgunov (Alexander Morgunov) 13 May 2020 11: 15
    Reloading! It is necessary to fasten the jets!