Dragon Landing and Recovery Photos

Dragon parachutes deployed during descent. (Credit: SpaceX)
Dragon's parachutes after landing. (Credit; SpaceX)
SpaceX's Dragon after splashdown in the Pacific Ocean. (Credit: Michael Altenhofen)
A scorched Dragon on the deck of the recovery barge. (Credit: SpaceX)

  • Paul451

    Looks crispier than the first capsule. Faster re-entry?

  • Marcus Zottl

    I thought the same thing yesterday when they showed the first pic of Dragon floating in the water, but then I looked at the pictures from 2010 and realized the previous Dragon was nearly as dark. Look at this image for example: http://spacexlaunch.zenfolio.com/p453039144/h34104389#h34104389

    It looks like one side of Dragon gets a lot darker then the other, I would guess the dark side is the one facing the ground, where more of the burned material of the heatshield gets deposited?

  • Warshawski

    Interesting, if you look at the white scratches it look like most of the black is just soot that is realtively easy to clean off. I imagine these white patchs were caused by parachute cables rubbing on the paint work while in the water and cleaning off the deposits.
    I would like to see this fly again to demonstrate how re-usable it is as that is one of the aims of SpaceX to reduce the total cost.
    Anyone got some solid information rather than supposition?

  • Anton Thorn

    nope 🙁

  • dr

    My guess is more payload mass. Last time the payload was a wheel of cheese. This time it is 1,455 lbs of ex-ISS equipment.
    More mass > more kinetic energy > more heating for longer.
    Also notice how this Dragon sits lower in the water than the COTS 1 Dragon, again confirming the heavier vehicle.