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Crew Dragon suffered problem with parachutes in recent test
Posted: Sun, May 12, 2019, 10:53 AM ET (1453 GMT)
Crew Dragon splashdown on Demo-1 (NASA/KSC) A test of the parachute system for SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft went awry last month. NASA said at a House space subcommittee hearing Wednesday that in a test in Nevada to demonstrate the "single out" capability of the four-parachute system, the remaining three chutes didn't open fully, causing a test sled to hit the ground faster than planned and damaging it. The cause of the failed test remains under investigation, including whether it was caused by a flaw in the parachute system or an issue with the test itself. Parachute design has been a key area of concern for the development of both SpaceX's and Boeing's commercial crew vehicles.
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