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Release date- 25072013 -
The 10th in a series of evaluations to check out the Orion multipurpose crew vehicle's parachute system dropped the test capsule from a C-17 aircraft at its highest altitude yet, 35,000 feet above the
During previous tests, a mock capsule was dropped from a height of 25,000 feet and the parachutes deployed at no higher than 22,000 feet. The extra 10,000 feet of altitude at the beginning of Wednesday's test made the demonstration the best so far of Orion's parachute flight and landing.
'The closer we can get to actual flight conditions, the more confidence we gain in the system,' said
During its return from space, Orion's parachute system will begin to deploy 25,000 feet above the ground.
Engineers gathered data on the effects of losing a parachute during the descent. The team already proved Orion can land with just two of its three main parachutes, but this was the first opportunity to study how one parachute pulling away in mid-flight might affect the remaining two.
'We wanted to know what would happen if a cable got hooked around a sharp edge and snapped off when the parachutes deployed,' said
The test was part of a series of parachute tests that will enable
For more information about Orion, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/orion
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