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Old 05-02-2021, 12:17 PM
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This mission also recovered in the Gulf of Mexico. The landing was so accurate, one of the recovery ships shined its spotlights on the craft and chutes as it descended the last few hundred feet to splashdown.

Being that they're able to consistently land their boosters on a bullseye I'd expect nothing less!
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Successful return of Crew-1 this morning under the cover of darkness.
The landing was so accurate, one of the recovery ships shined its spotlights on the craft and chutes as it descended the last few hundred feet to splashdown.


This was something that jumped out at me as I watched. The "fast boats" were at the Dragon in moments after splashdown, and the capsule was on board the recovery ship and the hatch open in ~40 minutes from splashdown. That last phase seemed to go better than the one from Demo-2 where they spent some time clearing RCS fuel vapors or something before opening the hatch. This time it was hoist aboard, pull to debarkation platform, open hatch almost as fast as it was physically possible. Amazing stuff, really.

Some of th IR imaging as the Dragon was descending was pretty amazing, too.
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Being that they're able to consistently land their boosters on a bullseye I'd expect nothing less!


It is because the original intent was to be able to land Dragon on land.


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It is because the original intent was to be able to land Dragon on land.
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The Russians have been landing on land for decades. They've been miles off course before. We don't need to pinpoint to hit land....but we can!
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