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09:00 on the morning of Wednesday, May 6, 2015 the long awaited, highly anticipated pad abort test of SpaceX’s Dragon V2 crewed capsule prototype took flight from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS), Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) where the company launches its Falcon 9 rocket.
Aside from the “wow factor” the nearly two minute pad abort test was a success. Upon ignition the 60,000 combined lbs. of thrust generated by the eight Super Draco engines violently rocketed the capsule and trunk off the launch platform to the tune of 6 G’s and reaching 100 mph in just 1.2 sec and a top speed of 345 mph where it reached an altitude of 1,187 m and traveled downrange 1,202 m as designed so the craft could reach the Atlantic for splashdown. Main parachute deployment came at 970 m as the craft…
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