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Update January 19th, 9:05AM ET: SpaceX is currently targeting 10:30AM ET for liftoff, a 30-minute delay from the previous time. The company is waiting for weather conditions to improve at the expected touchdown site for the Crew Dragon. The target time is still subject to change.


On Sunday, SpaceX is launching one of its last big flight tests for NASA, one that could ultimately pave the way for the company to fly people to space later this year. For this flight, SpaceX will test out the emergency escape system on its new passenger spacecraft — and will probably destroy a Falcon 9 rocket in the process.

The vehicle that SpaceX is testing is its new Crew Dragon capsule, a passenger spacecraft the company has been developing for NASA as…

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