SpaceX: Why NASA Says That Crew Dragon Parachute Failing a Test Is a ‘Gift’

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SpaceX’s Crew Dragon, SpaceX’s capsule designed to ferry humans, failed another systems test last month, a subcommittee hearing revealed Wednesday. But, as a representative from NASA later explained, the failure has a silver lining in providing vital data that well help researchers tweak the design for future launches.

This is according to the agency’s associate administrator of human exploration, Bill Gerstenmaier, who in a hearing hosted by the U.S. House of Representatives’ science, space and technology committee said that the failure is ‘part of the learning process.’

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Crew Dragon Parachutes Failed in Recent Test

WASHINGTON ‘ A test of parachutes for SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft did not go as planned last month, NASA and SpaceX confirmed May 8.

During a hearing of the House Science Committee’s space subcommittee on NASA’s exploration plans, Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) quizzed agency officials on the testing of parachutes for commercial crew vehicles, zeroing in on a specific, previously undisclosed test in April.

“Did SpaceX conduct, in April of 2019, a parachute test in Delamar Dry Lake, Nevada?” he asked. “What happened in that test?”

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SpaceX had a problem during a parachute test in April

SpaceX had a problem during a test of its Crew Dragon parachute system in April, NASA confirmed on Wednesday. “The test was not satisfactory,” said NASA’s chief of human spaceflight, Bill Gerstenmaier, at a House subcommittee hearing. “We did not get the results we wanted.’The parachutes did not work as designed.”

The test appears to have occurred last month at Delamar Dry Lake in Nevada, where SpaceX was conducting one of dozens of drop tests it intends to perform to demonstrate the safety of its Crew Dragon spacecraft. This was a “single-out” test in which one of Dragon’s four parachutes intentionally failed before the test.'”The three remaining chutes did not operate properly,” Gerstenmaier said.

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