Join us to watch a Google+ Hangout from the U.S. Army's Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. EDT July 24, as an Orion test capsule is dropped from a plane at 35,000 feet to evaluate its parachutes.
During the event, you will see one of Orion's most difficult parachute tests to date and hear from NASA and Army team members involved. Engineers will simulate a failure of one of the spacecraft's three main parachutes, releasing it before Orion has landed.
Exploration Flight Test-1, an uncrewed test of the spacecraft that will send Orion 3,600 miles away from Earth, is scheduled for September 2014. Orion's parachutes are being tested to ensure they can slow the capsule for a safe landing in the Pacific Ocean as the spacecraft reenters Earth's atmosphere from deep space missions at speeds of up to 20,000 mph.
Want to ask a Question? Submit questions on Google+ or Twitter in advance and during the event using the hashtag #askOrion. Before the Hangout begins, we will open a comment thread on the NASA Facebook page where questions may be posted.
Learn more about Orion at http://www.nasa.gov/orion
Past Americorps VISTA members assigned to Yuma made an impact on their local host organization in Yuma and the communities that they served.
Americorps VISTA in the domestic US version for the Peace Corps program.
Eligible candidates from local area and nationwide are encouraged to apply.
The assignment starts in November 12, 2013.
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Alan Pruitt is director of the non-profit Western Arizona Economic Development District (WAEDD), the largest (geographically) economic development district in Arizona. In 2011, he completed the NBIA Incubator Management Certificate Program, and served as a charter organizer of the new Arizona Business Incubation Association.
In 2010, he served as a business analyst at the Arizona Western College Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in Yuma, earning recognition for its outstanding service and economic impact to the community, and honored as the 2010 Center of Excellence for meeting or exceeding key goals for the year. The Arizona SBDC Network measures economic impact in job creation and retention, business starts, sales increases and capital formation when determining success. Pruitt’s efforts as a part of the SBDC team played a significant role in the Center’s positive impact on the Yuma area economy.
Pruitt earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management (BSBM) from the University of Phoenix. He also graduated from the University of Arizona’s 42nd Annual Basic Economic Developer Course.
- University of PhoenixBachelor of ScienceBusiness Management
- Western Arizona Economic Development District, Inc.Director, 2007 - present