After staying away from social networking site-Twitter, multi-billionaire tech mogul Elon Musk, returned to the online platform and retweeted a SpaceX video showing a successful Crew Dragon parachute test.
The latest test was again created to test the redundancy of the system, demonstrating its ability to safely land the Crew Dragon when only three of the four parachutes are working. "Most recent test demonstrated the parachute system's ability to land the spacecraft safely in the unlikely event that one of the four main parachutes fails".
In the test, the capsule was dropped from a plane and landed safely using only three of its four parachutes. But what if something goes wrong with one of the parachutes?
The last hurtle before being approved for human flight will be a critical launch trial in which the Crew Dragon's In-Flight Abort functions are tested.
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This changed appearance can at least be partially attributed to the use of Zylon, a specialized polymer, in place of nylon on the parachute lines. SpaceX also updated the stitching pattern to optimize the load balance on the new parachutes.
The parachutes worked as expected during the test and puts SpaceX Dragon days away from another big milestone: a ground-based engine firing of the Crew Dragon's abort engines on 6 November. This test will reveal how ready Crew Dragon is to be jettisoned from a Falcon 9 after lift-off, in the case of an unforeseen emergency. "We certainly want to get.at least on the order of 10 successful tests in a row before, before launching astronauts", Musk said in a press conference with Jim Bridenstine last month, which Bridenstine posted to Twitter.
Bridenstine and Musk said they are hopeful the first crewed mission will launch in the first half of 2020, delivering NASA astronauts to the International Space Station.