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Engineers Complete Risky Test of Orion’s Parachute System
 
NASA’s successfully completed Aug. 26 a risky test of the Orion spacecraft’s parachute system. A test version of Orion touched down in the Arizona desert after a planned failure of two of its parachutes used to stabilize and slow the spacecraft for landing. During the test, a C-17 aircraft dropped a representative Orion capsule from its cargo bay at an altitude of 35,000 feet, or more than 6.5 miles, in the skies above the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground in Yuma, Arizona. The engineering model, which has a similar mass and interfaces with the parachute system as the Orion being developed for deep space missions, then began its parachute deployment sequence. Engineers purposefully simulated the failure of one of its two drogue parachutes, used to slow stabilize Orion in the air, and one of its three main parachutes, used to slow the crew module to landing speed, did not deploy. The airdrop test was the penultimate evaluation as part of an engineering series before tests begin next year to qualify the parachute system for crewed flights.
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A few quick facts about our parachutes as we get ready for tomorrow’s drop test. http://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/orion_parachutes.pdf
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How large are the parachutes that Orion engineers will test tomorrow? More info on our parachutes here: http://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/orion_parachutes.pdf
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Happy #SciFiSunday. Today's grade school students will be the first people to walk on Mars. Time to start studying for the #JourneyToMars http://yokell.deviantart.com/art/Martian-506761688
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At NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, workers are preparing the Orion spacecraft that flew on Exploration Flight Test-1 in 2014 for transport to Orion prime contractor Lockheed Martin's facility in Denver, where it will undergo direct field acoustic testing. This is a technique used for acoustic testing of aerospace structures by subjecting them to sound waves created by an array of acoustic drivers. For the test, several electro-dynamic speakers will be arranged around Orion to provide a uniform, well-controlled, direct sound field test at the surface of the spacecraft. 
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Here’s your backstage pass to go behind the scenes with the Orion Spacecraft Program. Meet the people building the spacecraft that will take humans to Mars. In this episode NASA astronaut, Victor Glover, shows us Orion’s parachute test in Yuma, Arizona.
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How many parachute tests does it take to certify a system for humans? http://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/orion_parachutes.pdf
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More are need then! Better get testing NASA XP
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+NASA Orion​ parachute system (cpas)
You need big chutes to slow down when you hit atmo coming home from a #journeytomars
They are doing a drop test out at Yuma later this week.
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How are the parachutes tested with conditions similar to a Mars voyage? Are they freeze dried for 18 months before they are deployed? (not being sarcastic)
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Engineers are preparing to test the parachute system for NASA’s Orion spacecraft at the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground in Yuma, Arizona. During the test, planned for Wednesday, Aug. 26, a C-17 aircraft will carry a representative Orion capsule to 35,000 feet in altitude and then drop it from its cargo bay. Engineers will test a scenario in which one of Orion’s two drogue parachutes, used to stabilize it in the air, does not deploy, and one of its three main parachutes, used to slow the capsule during the final stage of descent, also does not deploy. The risky test will provide data engineers will use as they gear up to qualify Orion’s parachutes for missions with astronauts. On Aug. 24, a C-17 was loaded with the test version of Orion, which has a similar mass and interfaces with the parachutes as the Orion being developed for deep space missions but is shorter on top to fit inside the aircraft.
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+NASA Orion​ thanks!!! Looks like stuff is covered :)
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Nobody can ‪#‎DragMeDown‬ in space! One Direction defied gravity shooting their new ‪#‎DragMeDownMusicVideo‬ at NASA.

The One Direction crew also filmed in a full-scale mockup of NASA’s Orion Spacecraft, NASA’s vehicle in development for human missions to deep space, wearing spacesuits designed to be worn by astronauts when they launch and land.
Watch Drag Me Down by One Direction online at vevo.com. Discover the latest Pop music videos by One Direction on Vevo.
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Between April and June 2015, NASA’s Explorations Systems Development programs continued to make progress developing and building the Space Launch System rocket, Orion spacecraft and the ground systems needed to launch them on deep space missions to new destinations in the solar system. 
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NASA's beyond earth orbit exploration vehicle
Introduction
The Orion spacecraft will serve as the exploration vehicle that will carry the crew to space, provide emergency abort capability, sustain the crew during the space travel, and provide safe re-entry from deep space return velocities.
  • Spacecraft to serve as the primary crew vehicle for missions beyond LEO
  • Capable of conducting regular in-space operations (rendezvous, docking, extravehicular activity) in conjunction with payloads delivered by the Space Launch System (SLS) for missions beyond LEO
  • Capability to be a backup system for International Space Station cargo and crew delivery