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Max Q: SpaceX and Boeing gear up for commercial crew mission tests

There’s also startup news, including how an entirely different kind of race – one to make stuff in space – could be a foundational moment that opens up entirely new areas of opportunity for entrepreneurs big and small.

SpaceX needs to nail one key ingredient before its Crew Dragon missions can proceed apace with people on board.

SpaceX has another key test for Crew Dragon coming up as early as this week – a static fire of its capsule abort engines.

Also, Boeing will be doing their pad abort test as early as this week as well, which sets things up nicely for a busy time next year in crewed spaceflight.

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