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SpaceX Dragon Propulsive Descent Landing Test | by NASAKennedy
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SpaceX Dragon Propulsive Descent Landing Test

A full-size test article of a SpaceX Crew Dragon fires its eight SuperDraco engines in a development test of its ability to land with the accuracy of a helicopter using only the thrusters. The company conducted two tethered tests vehicle attached to a crane so engineers could refine the landing software and systems on the spacecraft. SpaceX envisions returning people to Earth from space on the power of thrust instead of beneath parachutes. SpaceX, in partnership with NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, is developing the Crew Dragon and Falcon 9 integrated system to take astronauts to launch astronauts to the International Space Station from the United States. Photo credit: SpaceX


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Taken on November 23, 2015