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Saving Spaceship Dragon – Software to provide contingency chute deploy

July 27, 2015

SpaceX CEO and Chief Designer Elon Musk has ordered the installation of contingency abort software into all future Dragon cargo spacecraft, providing them with an option to deploy their parachutes after an off-nominal launch scenario.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.nasaspaceflight.com

A small software modification might have saved the seventh Dragon station resupply vehicle, if it had been implemented. Dragon survived the destruction of its Falcon 9 launch vehicle, but was destroyed upon impact with the Atlantic Ocean. It was carrying parachutes, but could not deploy them without the software mod.

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