June 25, 2009
NASA recently completed a series of tests that will aid in the design and development of the parachute recovery system its newest spacecraft, Orion. The parachute tests demonstrated a three-stage deployment sequence that included the use of an Orbiter drag chute, seen in this photo, to properly stage the unfurling of the main chute. The parachute recovery system for Orion will be similar to the system used for Apollo command module landings and include two drogue, three pilot and three main parachutes.
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