Video shows test of emergency engines on new SpaceX ship
SpaceX recently released a video of the SuperDraco tests, the engines that are part of the emergency propulsion system of its latest spacecraft, the Crew Dragon. As you can see from the videos, they really honor the name, which alludes to dragons, creatures popularly known for spitting fire.
The eight SuperDraco have been tested 27 times in a modular way and over 300 times individually, so that no detail goes unnoticed and everything stays in line. The engines will be used in the Dragon capsule, the spacecraft that SpaceX is building for NASA as part of the Crew program, which will take astronauts to the International Space Station.
The Dragon capsule will be powered by a Falcon 9 rocket.
However, they will only take action in an emergency to get astronauts safe if there is any kind of problem with the main rocket - in this case Falcon 9. SuperDracos are capable of generating over 54 tons of thrust, enough to make the Crew Dragon accelerate from 0 to 160 km / h in just 1.2 seconds.
The sequence showing the tests performed on SuperDraco emergency engines
Remember that Falcon 9 has already had some problems in previous tests. Anyway, SpaceX has already performed a test to simulate the need to abort the launch. In this case, it is important for the Crew Dragon team to be able to "detach" from the rocket as soon as possible - this is where the SuperDracos should take action. However, it is best to hope they don't even have to.