NASA Says SpaceX and Boeing Crew Capsules Have Parachute Problems

On Wednesday, William Gerstenmaier, NASA’s associate administrator for human exploration and operations, said of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon during a House subcommittee hearing. The parachutes did not work as designed.

Boeing Starliner parachute drop tests have had similar to the one suffered by SpaceX last month.

Patricia Sanders, chair of NASA’s Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel, said parachutes are one of the largest risks faced by SpaceX and Boeing engineers working on NASA’s commercial crew program.

There have been some good tests but there are also problems. The parachutes have to be reliable before you humans are launched.

SOURCES- Congressional session, NASA

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