SpaceX has tested four of its parachutes for the sake of its Crew Dragon spacecraft which is meant to carry astronauts back from the ISS.
Four red and white parachutes sailed through the sky above the desert. The site was Coolidge, Arizona. The parachutes will be used in the future to help the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft to land safely after bringing astronauts from the ISS.
The test involved a solid weight that acted as a substitute for the spacecraft and the future crew. Both simulator and parachutes were released many feet above the ground level from a cargo plane.
While the four main parachutes got tested, the drogue chutes were not tested at all. This was a part of SpaceX’s cooperative endeavors with NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.
SpaceX has been known to test flights of space hardware and its engineering teams make assessments as to the durability and stability of the systems.
The tests that are to take place in the future will be more realistic so as to better imitate the conditions in outer space. This will ensure that the missions and operations are successful in the end.
While initially the parachutes will land in the ocean, ultimately they will land on solid ground as a simulation of reality. Although this is risky, it is a necessary step in the series of missions SpaceX will be sending to the ISS.
Eight SuperDraco engines will be employed solely for this purpose. Already SpaceX has tested its landing ability in Texas in November of last year.
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Currently, SpaceX and Boeing are working with NASA under separate contracts. The fact that what goes up must come down may be metaphorical but it is also true. So SpaceX is trying its best to land its spacecraft in a safe and secure manner.