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SpaceX abort system passes test

SpaceX has put its Dragon astronaut capsule through a test of how the ship would cope with a launch pad emergency.

The demonstration simulated what would happen to the crewship in the event of a rocket failure.

SpaceX expects to start launching astronauts in 2017.

Wednesday's test at Cape Canaveral in Florida saw a test vehicle - carrying no humans, only a dummy - hurled skywards by a set of powerful in-built thrusters.

The Dragon ship was propelled to a safe distance, lowering itself softly into the Atlantic with three parachutes.

Footage courtesy of Nasa.

  • 06 May 2015
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