NASA Completes Maximum Parachute Test For Orion Spacecraft

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NASA Completes Maximum Parachute Test For Orion Spacecraft

HOUSTON — NASA Tuesday successfully finished another parachute exam of a Orion booster high above a skies of a U.S. Yuma Army Proving Ground in southwestern Arizona. The exam examined a limit vigour Orion’s parachutes competence face when returning from scrutiny missions.

Orion will be a many modernized booster ever designed and lift astronauts over into space than ever before. It will yield puncture cancel capability, means astronauts during space transport and yield protected re-entry from low space.

During a test, a C-130 aeroplane forsaken a dart-shaped exam car with a unnatural Orion parachute cell from an altitude of 25,000 feet. Orion’s drogue chutes were deployed during approximately 20,000 feet, followed by tiny commander chutes, that afterwards deployed a 3 categorical parachutes. Each of a categorical parachutes is 116 feet far-reaching and weighs some-more than 300 pounds.

“Each one of these tests helps us determine a parachute complement for Orion is safe, fit and robust,” pronounced Chris Johnson, a NASA plan manager for Orion’s parachute public system. “Today’s exam demonstrated a parachutes can muster during a limit quickness approaching when returning from low space.”

This is a latest in a array of parachute dump tests, with any one designed to exam a opposite condition or function of a parachutes. Besides a dart-shaped exam car used to copy a speeds during that Orion will descend, NASA also uses a exam car that some-more closely resembles a tangible Orion spacecraft.

Orion will fly a initial exam flight, Exploration Flight Test 1, in 2014. During a test, a booster will transport some-more than 3,600 miles into space — 15 times over from Earth than a International Space Station — and strech speeds of some-more than 20,000 mph before returning to Earth. This unmanned exam moody will launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. It is designed to exam several Orion systems, including a feverishness defense and parachutes during speeds generated during a lapse from low space.

In 2017, Orion will be launched by NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS), a heavy-lift rocket that will yield an wholly new capability for tellurian scrutiny over low Earth orbit. Designed to be stretchable for rising booster for organisation and load missions, SLS will capacitate new missions of scrutiny and enhance tellurian participation opposite a solar system.

For some-more images of a exam and some-more information about Orion, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/orion

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