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Reply #1260 on: March 08, 2019, 11:35:05 AM

Got to drop in and commemorate the successful round trip for SpaceX's Crew Dragon from the Earth to ISS back to spashdown. Uncrewed for this test of course, except for Ripley and Earthie.

Here is the capsule waving bye-bye to the ISS

And here it is a few hours later being winched up out of the drink.

Believe it or not that toasty thing is going to reused for the emergency abort test coming up in a few months -- after NASA and SpaceX have completely torn it apart, checked every piece, and glued it back together again. And washed it, I guess.

According to NASA's commercial crew program manager the Dragon held up even better than expected. The chutes did not tangle (although honestly they were frighteningly jostling around), nor did the capsule start spinning uncontrollably during re-entry.

Next up on the much watch list, Boeing's Starliner hopefully later this year. If both these things can be fully crew rated we'll have three separate systems to get people up and down from LEO (Soyuz is the third, of course).
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