SpaceX has had a little bit of up and down in relation to testing of its Crew Dragon capsule which will one-day ferry Individuals into house once more. Not way back the Crew Dragon take a look at capsule was misplaced in an explosion throughout testing. NASA and SpaceX confirmed this week that final month one other take a look at of the capsule didn’t go as deliberate.
NASA officers have been just lately available at a listening to of the Home Science Committee’s house subcommittee with the listening to specializing in NASA’s exploration plans. Throughout that listening to, Alabama Republican Rep. Mo Brooks requested formally about SpaceX testing parachutes for its Crew Dragon capsule in Nevada.
Brooks particularly requested about an undisclosed take a look at of the parachutes carried out in April 2019 at Delmar Dry Lake, Nevada. When he requested NASA affiliate administrator for human exploration and operations, Invoice Gerstenmaier, what occurred within the take a look at, the response was that “the test was not satisfactory.”
Gerstenmaier mentioned that whereas the outcomes NASA needed weren’t obtained, data was realized that might have an effect on future parachute designs. Within the take a look at, one of many 4 parachutes was “proactively failed” to reveal the “Single-out” functionality of the general system. The NASA official mentioned that the three remaining parachuted didn’t function correctly.
The top end result was a take a look at sled hit the bottom sooner than anticipated and was broken. The reason for the failure is unknown right now. Gerstenmaier mentioned that they nonetheless want to know if the problem was with take a look at setup configuration popping out of the plane or if it needed to do with the packing of the parachutes. The NASA official additionally famous that this form of failure is a part of the general testing process and can enhance the general design. He iterated that this isn’t a damaging and is “why we test.” That very same sentiment was uttered when the video of the CrewDragon exploding surfaced final month.