With its latest successful test, SpaceX showed that its Mark 3 Crew Dragon parachutes would be able to hold their weight even if not all goes according to plan.
A video of the latest test was shared on Twitter, showing what will happen if Crew Dragon starts falling back down to Earth, and one parachute isn't deployed properly — essentially, it will land safely.
The Elon Musk-founded company says it has tested the parachutes under this situation successfully a total of 13 times.
SpaceX team has completed 13 successful tests in a row of upgraded Mark 3 parachutes for Crew Dragon. Most recent test demonstrated the parachute system’s ability to land the spacecraft safely in the unlikely event that one of the four main parachutes fails. pic.twitter.com/VJzDeS8UAG— SpaceX (@SpaceX) November 3, 2019
Last month during a press conference with NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine, Elon Musk said that 10 successful tests would show the parachutes were working consistently.