Reply to post: Re: Parachutes = Good.

Watch: SpaceX Dragon capsule breathes fire during crucial hover test


Re: Parachutes = Good.

I believe there are a good few tests done before a propulsive landing on the Dragon V2 - all the dragons will carry a backup parachute (and a backup-backup chute I do believe, like they do currently) for those sort of landings. I do believe the dragon can land with four of its eight superdraco's out of action as well. To my knowledge, they do a quick fire up test shortly after heat shield jettison to make sure the damn things will work before the point of lithobraking - that way there's always a chance to pull the chute in enough time.

Although I would probably still soil myself at the point of landing, regardless of whether the test was successful or not..

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