SpaceX checks Crew Dragon's parachute touchdown expertise

SpaceX tests Crew Dragon's parachute landing skills

There is a nicely-worn saying about what goes up. Often it is metaphorical, however within the case of SpaceX’s human-carrying Crew Dragon craft it is very, very literal. That is why the personal area agency has been testing its multi-parachute descent system. The checks used 4 parachutes in complete, and a dummy payload to simulate the costly capsule — all of which was ejected from a C-one hundred thirty cargo aircraft.

We have already seen the Dragon capsule efficiently take off, and hover, however its the half the place it plummets to earth that its human cargo will doubtless be most involved about. The current checks handed with out incident, however extra rigorous trials are nonetheless wanted. When astronauts are coming house from the ISS, their capsules will truly land on water. However, with the hover check full, and extra parachute testing deliberate, the last word aim is to place these SuperDraco engines to make use of, and convey capsules safely again to terra firma immediately.

Supply: NASA