Orion Capsule Completes Drop Test Series

Orion test capsule landing in the Hydro Impact Basin. (Credits: NASA).

The Orion capsule, NASA’s next astronaut exploration vehicle, successfuly completed a series of drop tests on December 13th. The tests simulate water landings of the capsule under a variety of conditions.

Testing of the 8,000 kg capsule takes place at NASA Langley Research Center’s Hydro Impact Basin. The full series of 8 tests has examined the capsule’s capability under different entry angles, wave heights, wind conditions, and parachute deployment status. The capsule is also tested¬†under inverted entry conditions.

The video below is a record of the December 13 test.


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