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Orion parachute test, drop day

Orion parachute test, drop day

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Jason Davis / The Planetary Society

Orion parachute test, drop day
NASA’s Orion spacecraft completed a key parachute test August 26, 2016 at the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground in Yuma, Arizona. After being dropped by a C-17 aircraft from a height of 35,000 feet, Orion descended to the ground with a simulated failure of one drogue parachute and one main parachute. This was the sixteenth parachute development test, and the next-to-last of the program before crewed flight qualification tests begin next year.

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Original image data dated on or about August 26, 2016

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