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Orion Underway Recovery Testing Begins
2014-02-19 09:06:37

Linda Herridge - NASA About a hundred miles off the coast of San Diego, in the Pacific Ocean, a U.S. Navy ship’s well deck filled with water as underway recovery operations began Feb. 18 on a test version of NASA's Orion crew module to prepare for its first mission, Exploration Flight Test-1, in September. Orion was undocked from its cradle and allowed to float out to sea. Building on the knowledge gained from previous Orion recovery tests performed in calm waters near NASA's Langley...

2013-12-19 12:22:07

HOUSTON, Dec. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A test version of NASA's Orion spacecraft has been on a cross-country road trip for the past week, and it's taking a week-long rest stop in Tucson, Ariz. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Called the boilerplate test article, it is a structural mockup of the spacecraft NASA is building to take humans farther than they've ever been before that will be used in tests off the coast of San Diego in February. It...

NASA Wants To Know If You Spot Orion Traveling Across The US
2013-12-14 03:49:40

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A test version of NASA’s Orion spacecraft is hitting the road for the next few weeks, making its way across the country for recovery tests off the coast of California. The mockup capsule departed NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., on Wednesday, and will travel through Tennessee, Arkansas, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona before arriving at Naval Base San Diego in California early next month. Once there, it will be...

2013-05-17 23:19:23

Fiorentino Drag Test with United Space Alliance Successful Newport Beach, California (PRWEB) May 17, 2013 Fiorentino Para-Anchor announces a successful on-water test of its parachute sea anchor which is scheduled to be deployed when NASA´s new Orion spacecraft returns from its first beyond low Earth orbit flight test. Representatives of Houston-based United Space Alliance, subcontractor to Lockheed Martin on the Orion project, watched the test in the harbor at Long Beach, CA. Zack...

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...

2013-05-01 12:21:59

WASHINGTON, May 1, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A test version of NASA's Orion spacecraft safely landed during a simulation of two types of parachute failures Wednesday. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) In the test, conducted in Yuma, Ariz., the mock capsule was traveling about 250 mph when the parachutes were deployed. That is the highest speed the craft has experienced as part of the test series designed to certify Orion's parachute system for carrying...

SpaceX Dragon Capsule Will Return To Earth On Tuesday
2013-03-26 04:00:43

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The threat of inclement weather has forced the departure of the SpaceX Dragon capsule from the International Space Station (ISS) to be delayed until Tuesday morning, NASA officials announced on Friday. According to Mara D. Ballaby of Florida Today, the return voyage was originally scheduled to take place on Monday, but was delayed by one day due to anticipated poor conditions near its Pacific Ocean splashdown site. ISS...

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...

2013-02-12 12:21:17

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA engineers have demonstrated the agency's Orion spacecraft can land safely if one of its three main parachutes fails to inflate during deployment. (Logo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) 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...

Dragon Nearing Completed Mission
2012-10-26 18:34:28

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online SpaceX will be completing its first cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station on Sunday when the Dragon capsule undocks from the orbiting laboratory. The Dragon capsule launched October 7 from Cape Canaveral towards the space station and docked with the orbiting outpost just a few days later on October 10. The SpaceX crew has already headed down to the Pacific Ocean splashdown zone to await the Dragon capsule's...