Orion parachute drop testing, 2012

Orion parachute drop testing, 2012

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Caption: Orion parachute drop testing. C-17 airplane dropping a test version of the Orion spacecraft's crew module during a parachute drop test. The crew module has been released at an altitude of over 7.5 kilometres. This test was to determine how the entire system would respond if one of the three main parachutes inflated too quickly. The test is being conducted at the US Army's Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona, USA. Developed by NASA, with a test flight taking place in 2014, the first Orion crewed launches are scheduled for around 2023. The Orion spacecraft are intended for use in Earth orbit, and for human exploration of the Moon, the asteroids and of Mars. Photographed on 18 July 2012.

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