SpaceX capsule soars with dummy in 1st test of crew escape

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX chalked up another big test flight Wednesday, firing a capsule into the air to try out its new, super-streamlined launch escape system for astronauts. No humans were on board, just a life-size dummy, for the first-of-its-kind flight. The whole thing lasted just 1½ minutes, but represented a huge milestone...

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