SpaceX and NASA eye Dragon parachute issue ahead of next astronaut launch

The parachute system on SpaceX’s Dragon capsule hasn’t behaved exactly as expected recently, and NASA and SpaceX want to know why.

The Dragon named Endeavor returned to Earth with four astronauts on Nov. 8, 2021, wrapping up SpaceX’s Crew-2 mission to the International Space Station for NASA. During its descent that day, one of Endeavor’s four main parachutes didn’t open on schedule, lagging about 75 seconds behind the others.

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