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Orion’s Parachute Performance Tested Over Arizona
2014-04-25 03:04:32

[ Watch The Video: NASA Drops Orion From C-17, Tests Parachute Performance ] NASA The team designing the parachute system for NASA’s Orion spacecraft has demonstrated almost every parachute failure they could imagine. But on April 23, they tested how the system would perform if the failure wasn’t in the parachutes. Orion is the safest spacecraft ever built to carry humans, and its Launch Abort System can take a good deal of the credit for that distinction. In an emergency on the...

2014-01-17 11:20:22

Engineers testing the parachute system for NASA's Orion spacecraft increased the complexity of their tests Thursday, Jan. 16, adding the jettison of hardware designed to keep the capsule safe during flight. The test was the first to give engineers in-air data on the performance of the system that jettisons Orion's forward bay cover. The cover is a shell that fits over Orion's crew module to protect the spacecraft during launch, orbital flight and re-entry into Earth's atmosphere. When...

2014-01-16 16:20:48

WASHINGTON, Jan. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Engineers testing the parachute system for NASA's Orion spacecraft increased the complexity of their tests Thursday, Jan. 16, adding the jettison of hardware designed to keep the capsule safe during flight. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The test was the first to give engineers in-air data on the performance of the system that jettisons Orion's forward bay cover. The cover is a shell that fits over...

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...

2012-04-18 11:09:23

NASA today successfully conducted a drop test of the Orion crew vehicle's entry, descent and landing parachutes high above the Arizona desert in preparation for the vehicle's orbital flight test, Exploration Flight Test -1, in 2014. Orion will carry astronauts deeper into space than ever before, provide emergency abort capability, sustain the crew during space travel and ensure a safe re-entry and landing. A C-130 plane dropped a dart-shaped test vehicle with a simulated Orion parachute...

NASA Conducts Orion Parachute Testing For Orbital Test Flight
2011-12-22 04:26:51

NASA successfully conducted a drop test of the Orion crew vehicle's parachutes high above the Arizona desert Tuesday in preparation for its orbital flight test in 2014. Orion will carry astronauts deeper into space than ever before, provide emergency abort capability, sustain the crew during space travel and ensure a safe re-entry and landing. A C-130 plane dropped the Orion test article from an altitude of 25,000 feet above the U.S. Army's Yuma Proving Grounds. Orion's drogue chutes were...

2009-06-11 12:55:33

Weather concerns have prompted the U.S. space agency to reschedule the test launch of its Max Launch Abort System to no earlier than June 20. The MLAS launch at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's flight facility on Wallops Island, Va., had been scheduled for June 15. The new June 20 launch window will extend from approximately 5:45 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. EDT. NASA officials said the unpiloted test of the 33-foot-high vehicle is part of an effort to design a system for safely...

2008-02-04 09:00:00

NASA took a step toward sending a new generation of explorers to the moon with the groundbreaking for a new test launch pad at White Sands Missile Range Nov. 14. NASA and a handful of community representatives broke ground at the Launch Complex-32 site, where the Orion Abort Flight Test Launch Complex will be built. The pad will be the site of a series of tests of the launch abort system that will help ensure the safety of astronauts aboard the Orion spacecraft, NASA's crew exploration...


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