NASA’s Commercial Crew Partner Boeing Completes Parachute Test

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NASA’s Commercial Crew Partner Boeing Completes Parachute Test

WASHINGTON — The Boeing Company successfully finished a second parachute dump exam for a Crew Space Transportation (CST) booster Wednesday, partial of a bid to rise blurb organisation travel capabilities that could packet U.S. astronauts to and from low-Earth circuit (LEO) and a International Space Station.

A helicopter carried a CST-100 organisation plug to about 14,000 feet above a Delamar Dry Lake Bed nearby Alamo, Nev. A drogue parachute deployment method was initiated, followed by deployment of a categorical parachute. The plug descended to a well-spoken belligerent landing, cushioned by 6 arrogant atmosphere bags. The exam demonstrated a opening of a whole alighting system.

“Boeing’s parachute demonstrations are a transparent pointer NASA is relocating in a right instruction of enabling a American aerospace travel attention to develop underneath this partnership,” NASA’s Commercial Crew Program Manager Ed Mango said. “The investments we’re creation now are enabling this new trail brazen of removing a crews to LEO and potentially a space hire as shortly as possible.”

Boeing’s CST-100 spacecraft is designed to be a reusable, capsule-shaped booster able of holding adult to 7 people, or a multiple of people and cargo, to and from low-Earth orbit, including a space station. Bigelow Aerospace of Las Vegas, Nev., supposing a plug exam essay and compared electronics. HDT Airborne Systems of Solon, Ohio, designed, built and integrated a parachute system, including a dual drogue parachutes. ILC Dover of Frederica, Del., designed and built a alighting atmosphere bag system.

The initial test, on Apr 3, certified a pattern and deployment of a parachute system, characterized pyrotechnic startle loads, arguable parachute distance and design, and identified intensity brazen cell wrapping and deployment issues. The association legalised and re-packed a full parachute complement for this second test.

“This second parachute dump exam validates Boeing’s innovative complement pattern and deployment plan,” pronounced John Mulholland, clamp boss and module manager of Boeing Commercial Programs. “Boeing’s execution of this miracle reaffirms a joining to yield safe, arguable and affordable crewed entrance to space.”

The association has scheduled additional tests to be achieved in the subsequent few months that will yield some-more information on elements of a spacecraft’s design.
Boeing’s booster was designed to be concordant with a accumulation of unessential launch vehicles. The association comparison United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V rocket for initial CST-100 exam flights.

All of NASA’s attention partners, including Boeing, continue to accommodate their determined milestones in building blurb organisation travel capabilities.

For some-more information about NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/commercialcrew

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