SpaceX is now closing out 2019 with a great achievement which should aid them to keep on the track to fly the astronauts on the board one of their spacecraft coming in 2021. Yesterday, the Elon-Musk led space company completed and tested their 10th consecutive successful parachute system which is an essential safety system milestone and can be an excellent indication that the most recent design is ready for using with the astronauts on the board.
The parachute system is – once it enters in the atmosphere, it slows the descent of the Crew Dragon commercial astronauts of SpaceX on the return trip to the Earth. The present design is now the 3rd major iteration of the parachute for Crew Dragon of the SpaceX and features the improved and upgraded materials for the possible reliability as well as durability during the flight.
In the early period of this year, at an event hosted at the SpaceX HQ in the Hawthorne, Calif, the musk told to the media and fans that Mark 3 parachute system would have need minimum 10 successful tests consecutively before the company feel OK about using that for the crewed flights. At that time, the NASA Administrator named Jim Bridenstine said that he had believed the SpaceX could have achieved all the 10 before the year had been out and then that had indeed hit the mark.
Now the SpaceX is planning to fly the next step toward the crewed flight on 11th January which is the present target for their “in-flight abort test” – a required starting which will test the emergency safeguard system.