LOS ANGELES — Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has successfully completed a high-altitude drop test of its Dragon spacecraft, the last major test of the parachute systems before the launch of the first operational vehicle. The Dragon was dropped from an Erikson-operated S-64F Air-Crane helicopter hovering at 14,000 ft., some 9 mi. off the coast of California’s Morro Bay. Following release, the Dragon’s dual-redundant drogue parachutes deployed first to stabilize and slow the craft ...
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