The trunk section separated from the Crew Dragon. The test article deployed drogue chutes as it started its fall toward the ocean. Then three main parachutes opened to gently lower the test article to the ocean's surface.
The Crew Dragon test article splashed down just off shore from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The flight test is unlike any seen in Florida since the days of Apollo. With its parachutes floating beside it, the spacecraft will wait for a ship to lift it out of the sea and return it to the Cape. SpaceX controllers will pour over the telemetry and other data recorded during today's flight test to evaluate the launch abort system and SuperDraco engines. NASA's Commercial Crew Program experts also will help evaluate the results as the development of one of the new generation of American spacecraft continues on pace.
In the coming months, the SpaceX team will put the Crew Dragon through an in-flight abort test that will again put the SuperDraco engines and the spacecraft through a simulated emergency. That test will take place on the opposite coast of the United States from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
The Crew Dragon is designed to carry astronauts to the International Space Station. The ability to abort from a launch or pad emergency and safely push the crew out of harm's way is a critical element for NASA's next generation of crewed spacecraft to the space station.