NASA Recovery Director, Exploration Ground Systems’ Landing & Recovery Team
Join Mat Kaplan on a visit to Naval Base San Diego and the USS Anchorage, the amphibious ship that has just completed a round of Orion spacecraft recovery testing and practice. You’ll hear from the NASA Recovery Director Melissa Jones, the Commanding Officer of the Anchorage and veteran astronaut Stephen Bowen. Planetary Society Digital Editor Jason Davis says we are learning how to recognize signs of life on distant exoplanets. Bruce Betts knows What’s Up in the night sky.
Simulated Orion crew module recovery
US Navy divers assist NASA and the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Anchorage (LPD-23) in recovery of a mock-up capsule designed to roughly simulate the size, shape, mass and center of gravity of the Orion crew module.
NASA / Bill White
Orion test article inside the USS Anchorage
During Underway Recovery Test 6, Kennedy Space Center’s NASA Recovery Team spent a week aboard the USS Anchorage where they and the U.S. Navy tested procedures and ground support equipment to improve recovery procedures and hardware ahead of Orion’s next flight, Exploration Mission-1, when it splashes down in the Pacific Ocean. The Orion test article sits inside the well deck of the USS Anchorage after a successful recovery test Jan. 22.
Mat Kaplan and the Orion Capsule Mock-up at Naval Base San Diego