SpaceX Dragon 2 Propulsive Hover Test

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SpaceX’s Dragon 2, powered by eight SuperDraco engines, executed a picture-perfect propulsive hover test at the company’s rocket development facility in McGregor, Texas.

image/text credit: SpaceX 

Eight SuperDraco thrusters, positioned around the perimeter of the vehicle in pairs called “jet packs”, fired up simultaneously to raise the Crew Dragon spacecraft for a five-second hover.

Generating approximately 33,000 lbs of thrust before returning the vehicle to its resting position. This test was the second of a two-part milestone under NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.

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The first test—a short firing of the engines intended to verify a healthy propulsion system—was completed November, and the longer burn two-days later demonstrated vehicle control while hovering.

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