SpaceX Crew Dragon Mark 3 Parachute
SpaceX announced that it has now successfully completed 13 consecutive successful tests of their Mark 3 parachute design, developed in cooperation with Airborne System, for the Crew Dragon spacecraft after fixing a few initial problems. This parachute system is crucial because it’s the same one that will be eventually responsible for bringing astronauts safely back down to Earth.



The initial three parachutes failed to open properly, which meant the SpaceX team had to rethink the design, and thus the Mark 3 parachutes were created. They first carried out a pad abort test using these new parachutes back in September, and the latest test involved demonstrating its ability to safely land the Crew Dragon when just three of the four parachutes open.

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