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SpaceX Completes Crew Dragon Launch Escape Test; Gwynne Shotwell Comments

SpaceX Completes Crew Dragon Launch Escape Test; Gwynne Shotwell Comments - top government contractors - best government contracting event
Gwynne Shotwell
Gwynne Shotwell
Gwynne Shotwell

Space Exploration Technologies has received a $30 million payment from NASA after the company completed the launch escape system test of its Crew Dragon spacecraft.

The spacecraft's eight SuperDraco engines produced a nearly 15,000-pound thrust and lifted the spacecraft off a platform at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida during the test on Saturday, NASA said Monday.

“This is the first major flight test for a vehicle that will bring astronauts to space for the entire Commercial Crew Program,” said Gwynne Shotwell, president of SpaceX.

The spacecraft ejected its trunk after reaching a 3,561-foot altitude before it plunged in the Atlantic Ocean.

SpaceX is scheduled to carry out a post-certification mission in late 2015.

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