At the House hearing on Wednesday, Bill Gerstenmaier expressed his dissatisfaction with the test:
«We did not get the results we wanted. The parachutes did not work as designed.»
The test carried out in Nevada was intended to showcase the Crew Dragon’s ability to land safely with three parachutes, the fourth one having been disabled beforehand. But «the three remaining chutes did not operate properly» Gerstenmaier said. As a result the shuttle was damaged as it crashed into the ground.
Elon Musk’s company is now under even more pressure in the United States, where it was supposed to give the country a renewed manned path to the International Space Station, under a 2.6 billion dollars contract with NASA.