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SpaceX Crew Dragon could take off with humans on board

by on11 February 2020

May flight likely

A manned flight of the SpaceX Crew Dragon could take off on 7 May.

According to Engadget, there are a number of variables to be sorted out which are not hardware related, but the launch could happen in late April or later in May.

Ominously Engadget said it didnt know yet how long the flight will be. We hope that does not mean that they suspect it will get a few feet off the ground before blowing up.

It's been almost a year since the Crew Dragon achieved one major milestone: reaching the ISS. In January, SpaceX completed Crew Dragon's in-flight launch escape test, which proved that the capsule can break away from the Falcon 9 rocket and splashdown in the Atlantic if necessary during launch.

SpaceX has also successfully completed a round of engine tests without any explosions. At this point, it seems things are going well for SpaceX and Crew Dragon. It makes sense that, following these successful tests and Musk's previous estimate, Crew Dragon might be ready to launch on 7 May. When the flight does occur, it could look something like this simulated two-minute video clip that Musk tweeted late last year.

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