SpaceX Tests Parachute System for Crew Dragon Capsule

SpaceX has completed the 13th test for its parachute system designed to support the Crew Dragon spacecraft’s landing operations, Tech Crunch reported Monday.

The company tested a group of Mark 3 parachutes, which included a non-functioning unit to assess the system’s capacity to conduct a safe landing despite partial failure.

The parachutes are made of an SRI International-developed polymer called Zylon, which is intended to have three times the strength of regular nylon.

SpaceX is slated to conduct a ground-based abort test of Crew Dragon ahead of in-flight engine assessments before the end of the year.

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