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2014-08-06 20:20:52

Team Progressing Toward Exploration Flight Test-1 LOS ANGELES, Aug 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- In a simulated ocean recovery of an Orion spacecraft test article, Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT], NASA and the U.S. Navy practiced recovery techniques for retrieving the crew module after it splashes down at sea following its first test flight later this year. This test allowed the team to evaluate procedures, hardware and personnel responsible for the recovery. During the test, which took...

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...

Rehearsal To Bring Back Our Spaceplane
2014-06-24 03:22:15

ESA Yesterday, the ship and crew aiming to recover Europe’s unmanned IXV spacecraft in November had a practice run off the coast of Tuscany, Italy. They retrieved a prototype of the suborbital IXV Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle, the same model flown last year in a splashdown test off the east coast of Sardinia. A crane dropped the two-tonne vehicle into the water for the crew to practice the tricky maneuvers they will use when the real thing splashes down in the Pacific Ocean...

Unveiling The Dragon: Elon Musk Shows Off New Astronaut Spacecraft
2014-05-30 06:57:12

[ Watch the Video: SpaceX Unveils Dragon V2 ] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online SpaceX has been paving the way for American-based commercial space ventures for quite some time now, proving its worth as a launch provider for International Space Station supply runs with its Dragon spacecraft. As of Thursday evening, the company is also boasting its potential worth as a crewed mission launcher with the unveiling of its latest spacecraft. The Dragon V2, unveiled at...

Month-Long ISS Mission Ends Successfully For SpaceX's Dragon With South Pacific Splashdown
2014-05-19 05:41:02

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online After spending 28 days in space docked at the International Space Station, Space Exploration Technologies’ (SpaceX) CRS-3 mission comes to an end after the Dragon capsule splashes down in the Pacific Ocean. Loaded with more than 3,500 pounds of NASA cargo, Dragon made splashdown at 3:05 p.m. EDT on Sunday, landing about 300 miles west of Baja California. Among the returned goods are several science experiments that will help...

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...

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...


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omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
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