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Parachutes For NASA's Orion Spacecraft Passed Most Difficult Test
2014-06-25 03:21:47

NASA NASA completed the most complex and flight-like test of the parachute system for the agency's Orion spacecraft on Wednesday. A test version of Orion touched down safely in the Arizona desert after being pulled out of a C-17 aircraft, 35,000 feet above the U.S. Army's Yuma Proving Ground. It was the first time some parachutes in the system had been tested at such a high altitude. Engineers also put additional stresses on the parachutes by allowing the test version of Orion to free...

Simulated Parachute Failures Can't Keep NASA From Landing Orion Test Version Safely
2013-05-02 10:31:59

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online During a simulation of two types of parachute failures this past Wednesday, a test version of NASA´s Orion spacecraft made a safe landing. The mock capsule was traveling approximately 250 mph during the test in Yuma, Arizona, when the parachutes were deployed. This is the highest speed reached by the craft as part of a series of tests designed to certify the parachute system for carrying humans. The mission´s engineers...

2013-02-13 10:21:03

NASA engineers have demonstrated the agency's Orion spacecraft can land safely if one of its three main parachutes fails to inflate during deployment. The test was conducted Tuesday in Yuma, Ariz., with the parachutes attached to a test article. Engineers rigged the parachutes so only two would inflate, leaving the third to flag behind, when the test capsule was dropped from a plane 25,000 feet above the Arizona desert. "Today is a great validation of the parachute system," said Chris...

NASA Successfully Tests Orion’s Parachute Backup System
2012-12-21 14:32:49

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA has completed a series of parachute tests for its Orion spacecraft at the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground in southwestern Arizona. This latest achievement for the future NASA spacecraft marks another step towards achieving its first flight test in 2014. The space agency said the test helped to verify that Orion will be able to land safely even if one of its two drogue parachutes does not open during descent. The end goal for...

Boeing Tests Parachute System For CST-100 Spacecraft
2012-05-07 03:00:41

The Boeing Company successfully completed the second parachute drop test for its Crew Space Transportation (CST) spacecraft May 2, part of its effort to develop commercial crew transportation capabilities that could ferry U.S. astronauts to and from low Earth orbit (LEO) and the International Space Station. A helicopter lifted the CST-100 crew capsule to about 10,000 feet above the Delmar Dry Lake Bed near Alamo, Nev. A drogue parachute deployment sequence was initiated, followed by...

2012-05-04 03:20:05

The Boeing Company successfully completed the second parachute drop test for its Crew Space Transportation (CST) spacecraft Wednesday, part of its effort to develop commercial crew transportation capabilities that could ferry U.S. astronauts to and from low-Earth orbit (LEO) and the International Space Station. A helicopter lifted the CST-100 crew capsule to about 14,000 feet above the Delamar Dry Lake Bed near Alamo, Nev. A drogue parachute deployment sequence was initiated, followed by...


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