Engineers Continue Pushing Orion Parachute System to Its Limits
The parachute system designed for NASA's Orion spacecraft passed another hurdle on Feb. 26, in a test that put extra stress on its drogue parachutes and simulated a failure of one of its three main parachutes. Engineers dropped a dart-shaped test vehicle that simulates Orion's parachute compartment from a C-17 flying 35,000 feet above the U.S. Army's Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona. Although one test has been conducted from that height before, this was the first using the dart-shaped vehicle at
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