BEACON TRANSCRIPT – Recently, Elon Musk and his company, SpaceX, wrote another page in the history book of space exploration. According to NASA, Musk’s Crew Dragon passed the parachute test with flying colors. If all goes well, we should see the Crew Dragon transporting astronauts to the ISS by the end of 2017.
Since NASA decided that space travel could be made feasible if civilian constructors are employed, everyone went over their head in order to secure a contract with the space agency. Although NASA had lots of contestants to oversee, it would seem that only two companies were selected to participate in the upcoming space project.
Boeing managed to raise some Hell with its space capsule, but it seems that Musk’s project take the cake, so to speak. What is Musk’s view on space travel? Sustainability and a very low price. According to the scientist, who is also the head of SpaceX, once we figure out how to reuse our space gear, we can look forward to more space missions.
This is what Elon Musk wanted to prove when he first began to talk about the Crew Dragon shuttle, a new type of spacecraft which will be carried into space by SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket. Moreover, despite the fact that even the carrier rocket is an impressive feat of engineering, it looks like Crew Dragon is by far the most impressive piece of technology.
Musk, the head of SpaceX, declared that in order to talk about crew safety, new fail-safe systems for shuttles and rockets must be designed. His company made the first step towards making the journey safe into space, by introducing a parachute system to the Crew Dragon space shuttle.
The parachute system is not an entirely new approach to landing protocols, as SpaceX introduced this concept over two years ago. However, since it was first introduced, the space company made extensive modifications to the deployment system and its sensibility.
A new test performed on the 27th of January, 2016, proved that SpaceX means business. Musk’s Crew Dragon passed the parachute test with flying colors. The space module features drogue-type parachutes which work alongside the 4 main parachutes. Here’s the video on Crew Dragon’s successful drop using the parachute system.
Apart from the parachute landing system, Musk is also experimenting with another type of engine, dubbed the SuperDraco hover engine. The tests began in November, last year, and the numbers look good. According to Musk, the hover engine will prove to be an asset for the astronauts who will attempt to land on Mars.
Musk’s Crew Dragon passed the parachute test with flying colors. If all goes well, Musk’s rockets will be space-ready by 2017, when they are scheduled to bring a full crew complement aboard the ISS.