See How SpaceX Astronauts Could Survive a Failed Launch

Two weeks ago, SpaceX successfully tested the launch abort system for its new commercial crew capsule, which is designed to carry astronauts to the International Space Station by 2017. The company has just released a first-person view video recorded by cameras mounted on the Dragon capsule, so you can take a virtual ride on the capsule as it accelerates from 0-100 mph in 1.2 sec during the first critical pad abort test.

Enjoy the test footage here:

Watch again the test from the outside:

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I wonder if the astronauts get some kind of warning, or if there are systems that will set this thing off the instant they detect an anomaly.

I can’t begin to imagine what that would feel like, especially if you’re not expecting it. “Hey Bob, can you press that swiiiiiiiiiAAAAAAHHHHHH”