But I've one question: If Dragon survived the explosion, why didn't it deploy its parachutes? I mean, this wouldn't hurt anyone, because Dragon has landing capability anyway, but it would at least increase the chance to retrieve maybe some of the expensive payload...
Ask United Launch Alliance, they are the ones who bought the engines, our government paid them for their rockets. (That were made with the Russian engines.) I seem to remember reading that there was a 2 year stockpile of them yet to be used.
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