SpaceX Crew Dragon In-Flight Abort Test Rescheduled for Sunday

In-flight abort is the final, major test before astronauts fly aboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket to the International Space Station as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. (Credits: SpaceX)

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. (SpaceX PR) — SpaceX is standing down from today’s in-flight Crew Dragon launch escape test attempt due to sustained winds and rough seas in the recovery area. We are now targeting Sunday, January 19 from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This test, which does not have NASA astronauts onboard the spacecraft, is intended to demonstrate Crew Dragon’s ability to reliably carry crew to safety in the unlikely event of an emergency on ascent.

Sunday’s six-hour test window opens at 8:00 a.m. EST, or 13:00 UTC. A backup test opportunity is available on Monday, January 20.

Weather will remain a watch item for Sunday so keep an eye on our website and social media for additional updates as new data becomes available.

You can watch the demonstration live on our webcast starting about 20 minutes before liftoff, and learn more about the mission in our press kit.