The Kid Should See This

SpaceX Crew Dragon Spacecraft – Pad Abort Test POV video

Blast off from zero to 100 mph in 1.2 seconds on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft during its May 6th Pad Abort Test. The test reached a maximum velocity of 345 mph before the trunk separated, the spacecraft’s heat shield pointed downward, and the two sets of parachutes deployed. This point-of-view (POV) footage shows us what it might look like to be an astronaut on board.

During today’s test, Crew Dragon carried a test dummy equipped with sensors in order to gather all the data necessary to help ensure a safe environment for future crew. Had humans been on board today, they would have been in great shape.

This test will provide valuable data for future flight testing of the Crew Dragon spacecraft, including a high-altitude abort test and an uncrewed mission to the Space Station.

padabortinfographic

This graphic highlights each step of the two minute test. Pair the POV video with this view from afar:

A human crew onboard is planned for sometime in 2017. For a play-by-play of the test, visit SpaceX.com.

Watch this next: The Chemistry of Rockets – How do rockets work?

This award-winning video collection is reader-supported. Become a sustaining member to keep TKSST online and free for everyone, including teachers and parents who use it as a resource to spark learning and curiosity for kids.

🌈 Watch these videos next...

SpaceX’s Grasshopper hover and landing (June 2013)

Rion Nakaya

Newton’s Three Laws of Motion

Rion Nakaya

Le voyage dans la lune (1902) by Georges Méliès

Rion Nakaya

The world’s longest inflatable waterslide is 1/3 of a mile long

Rion Nakaya

SpaceX: Falcon 9 & Dragon launch on a mission to the ISS

Rion Nakaya

Fly though the International Space Station in Ultra HD 4K

Rion Nakaya

How to make fizzy bottle rockets – ExpeRimental

Rion Nakaya

Exploration Mission-1: Testing 2 million liters of water

Rion Nakaya

What Happens to Your Checked Luggage at the Airport

Rion Nakaya

Get smart curated videos delivered every week.    
Subscribe