Saddled between steep NASA certification requirements for propulsive capsule landings and a rethink of related technology for Mars expeditions, SpaceX is shelving plans for upcoming Dragon 2 crew and cargo retrorocket returns to Earth. “That was a tough decision,” company founder and CEO Elon Musk said during last week’s International Space Station (ISS) Research and Development Conference in Washington. “Dragon 2 is capable of landing propulsively . . .  ...


Register now for free access to "SpaceX Tweaking Dragon 2 Design And Mars Plans" and other premium content selected daily by our editors. Your free registration will also allow you to comment on any article posted to


Current magazine subscribers: digital access to articles associated with your subscription are now included at no added charge to you. Simply use your subscriber email to log in to your account (or contact us for assistance in updating your account).
Current Aviation Week Intelligence Network (AWIN) enterprise and individual members: please go to for access.


Already registered? Log in here here.