NASA parachute test for Orion

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Engineers successfully tested the parachutes for NASA’s Orion spacecraft at the US Army Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona, on Wednesday, March 8. This was the second test in a series of eight that will certify Orion’s parachutes for human spaceflight.

The test, which dropped an Orion engineering model from a C-17 aircraft at 25,000ft, simulated the descent astronauts might experience if they have to abort a mission after lift-off.

Orion, which will launch atop NASA’s Space Launch System rocket from the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, is built to take astronauts farther into the solar system than ever before. The spacecraft will carry crew to space, provide emergency abort capabilities, sustain the crew during their mission, and provide safe re-entry through Earth’s atmosphere.

Edited by Michael Jones

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