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, Splashdown, Ares I-X, Orion abort modes, Yuma Proving Ground, Parachute, Parachuting, Shuttle-Derived Launch Vehicle, Ares I, Human spaceflight, ATK, United States Army, National Aeronautics and Space Administration