25 July 2013
The Orion capsule successfully completed a drop test from 35,000 feet yesterday that simulated a main parachute failure. With just two parachutes remaining Orion made a relatively soft landing. A project manager for the Orion capsule parachute assembly system said that the closer the team can get to actual flight conditions, the more confidence they will gain in the system. Other than the failure intentionally put in for this test, the drop test was very similar to what Orion will look like coming back during Exploration Flight Test-1’s Earth entry next year. (Image Credit: NASA)
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