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SpaceX Seeks Permission To Perform Dragon Splashdowns In Gulf Of Mexico

11 April 2018
Space News reports that SpaceX is seeking permission from the FAA to “perform splashdowns of its Dragon spacecraft in the Gulf of Mexico, part of a shift in spacecraft recovery operations from the Pacific Ocean.” In a draft environmental assessment drawn up by the agency, SpaceX proposed up to six Dragon landings annually in the Gulf between Texas and Florida. The Gulf of Mexico would serve as a “contingency landing site for both cargo and crewed Dragon missions should the primary landing zone be unavailable.” SpaceX currently lands Dragon spacecraft in the Pacific Ocean and “has approval to carry out future splashdowns in the Atlantic.” (Image Credit: NASA)
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