Crew Dragon layout crashed while testing parachute system

The company Ilona Mask failed one of the last tests of the parachute system for the promising spacecraft Crew Dragon. At the same time, immediately after the incident, SpaceX announced that the reason for the fiasco was not the parachute itself, but the tested ship model.

In the course of the current audit, it was planned to raise a sample of the future manned vehicle to the required height using a helicopter, and then drop the model together with a parachute in order to test the system’s performance. However, there were problems during the climb.

According to company representatives, the ship’s model “became unstable,” and the pilot was forced to dispose of the cargo so as not to endanger the life of the crew. Since the helicopter did not rise to the required height, the parachute system mounted on the model did not work, and the latter crashed when it fell. Fortunately, no one was injured in the incident.

The company did not specify what the “lost” sample was. However, given past tests, it can be assumed that this was exactly the layout of Dragon 2.

Recall that earlier, Elon Musk said that his brainchild could make his first manned flight in mid-May of this year. The Crew Dragon spacecraft is intended to become NASA's new transport system for sending astronauts to the ISS. Since 2011, Americans have been buying seats on Russian Soyuz.
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  1. cmonman Offline cmonman
    cmonman (Garik Mokin) 26 March 2020 15: 16
    It was the fifth take-off of the first stage and one of the 9 Merlin disconnected ahead of time.
    1. isofat Offline isofat
      isofat (isofat) 26 March 2020 16: 32
      cmonman, wait for the comment of Grigory Arkharov, this should console you. Gregory will certainly explain that there is no reason to worry and worry, that was what was intended.
      1. Arkharov Offline Arkharov
        Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) 26 March 2020 18: 03
        It wasn’t conceived so, but you have nothing to worry about. Take care of yourself better.
      2. cmonman Offline cmonman
        cmonman (Garik Mokin) 26 March 2020 19: 49
        Thank you, Sergey, for the advice not to worry! Honestly, the Americans are definitely not worried, because they have a different psychology for trials and tests, compared to what happened in the USSR and how they react now in Russia. A negative test result is very positive for amers - “and experience is the son of difficult mistakes ...”.
        I still admire the duration of the rovers!
        The main thing is to find the reason / eliminate / go - further. Money in the negative. the result is laid down, they will test ... The launch dates may delay or may not. Let's wait and see ...
  2. steelmaker Offline steelmaker
    steelmaker 26 March 2020 21: 37
    Of course,

    if you suffer for a long time, something will work out.

    - but I look forward to the DRAGON manned flight to the ISS. They promised the same. But still, not all money is decided!
  3. Ivan Ivanov_18 Offline Ivan Ivanov_18
    Ivan Ivanov_18 (Troll trolls) 26 March 2020 22: 45
    Had this happened in Russia, the Arkharovites would have fled for organic matter with joy.