Ares I Parachute Test Image
July 2, 2009
NASA and ATK test engineers at the US Army's Yuma Proving Ground prepare for the first test of all three Ares I main parachutes. The 41,500lb weight will be dropped from an Air Force C-17 from 10,000 feet. The main parachutes will slow the descent of the spent first stage and allow for ocean splashdown.
Topics: Project Constellation, Space, Space exploration, Orion abort modes, Ares I-X, Yuma Proving Ground, Shuttle-Derived Launch Vehicle, Splashdown, Parachute, Ares I, Parachuting, Human spaceflight, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, United States Army, ATK