Space Exploration Technologies Corp, also knows as SpaceX, a private spacecraft development firm, conducted a test of their Dragon capsule parachute recovery system in Morro Bay on August 12, 2010. Morro Bay was selected as the test site because it had a large, secure area which was very close to the ocean. Here are some pics from the test.
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Erickson Air-Crane Helicopter
Erickson helicopter above Morro Bay Strand Beach
Very cool Erickson helicopter at work over Morro Bay
SpaceX Dragon test capsule over Morro Rock
SpaceX capsule parachutes deployed - about 5 miles offshore from Morro Bay
SpaceX capsule parachute test - water landing - 5 miles from Morro Bay
Recovery tugboat is in the right side of the pic.
Photo taken from Morro Bay Power Plant roof - elevation 150 ft.
Pentax K20D - Pentax 500 mm f 5.6 lens (750 equiv), ISO 100, 1/320