In October last year, SpaceX received a visit from Jim Brindenstine, NASA's administrator, who pressured Elon Musk's company to meet the proposed 2020 calendar for Dragon Crew. It is the capsule that will be used to transport astronauts to the International Space Station as a contribution by the company to the manned commercial program. Although satisfied with the progress made, the NASA chief called for more testing, and then set dates for the start of astronaut transport operations.
SpaceX has now revealed, via a message on its Twitter account, that it has completed Falcon 9's “static fire” tests, and that on January 18th will make an in-flight demonstration of the escape system. That is, an emergency will be recreated to test the capsule's ability to keep astronauts safe in an unexpected emergency during space ascension.
This test may dictate the ultimate approval for carrying astronauts, becoming in the future a new alternative for bringing and bringing ISS scientists.
Remember that the Crew Dragon tests have not been easy and one of the capsules was even destroyed due to an incident in April last year. But it has also been successfully docked at the ISS, at the time carrying on board Ripley's dummy named after the movie Alien. This test became known as the Demo-1.
For the manned test, the Demo-2, yet to be revealed, after all phases have been passed, Dragon Crew will carry on board the ISS, US Agency astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, the designated pilots for the done.