NASA Orion Spacecraft Completes 35,000 Feet Parachute Test

Posted: Aug 27 2015, 6:50am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News


NASA Orion Spacecraft Completes 35,000 feet Parachute Test
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  • NASA’s Orion Spacecraft is a Sight to Behold when it Completes Risky Parachute Test

NASA’s Orion spacecraft is a sight to behold alright. It’s shape and function is unique.

After its parachute test, everyone ought to take a gander at the NASA Orion spacecraft. NASA had introduced the spacecraft from the stratosphere into the Arizona Desert. A military vessel carried the spacecraft till the point where it was dropped off.

That is on its free fall mission. Two of its parachutes were allowed not to open as a testing scheme. The purpose was to see whether Orion landed in a controlled manner. And everything seems to have gone hunky dory.   

The C-17 aircraft had carried the Orion spacecraft to 35,000 feet above sea level. The spacecraft was a replica of the real thing. Orion normally has about a dozen parachutes. They buffer the speed at which the spacecraft hurtles through the air towards the earth.

The last five parachutes are meant to bring it down to the earth during its final 8000 feet of descent. The rigged failure of two of its parachutes went like a breeze. There were fears that the spacecraft would come crashing down. However, this sort of doomsday scenario just didn’t happen at all.

Thus it can be seen that even when things go wrong, the crew on board the Orion spacecraft can make it safe and sound to the warm bosom of planet earth. The systematic parachute failure was very difficult to monitor on a computer. So it had to be tested in the real world.

After the spacecraft reached the desired height, it was released into the atmosphere. Ultimately, it softly landed on the sands of the Arizona Desert. The spacecraft is actually meant to land and be launched from Cape Canaveral. This beaker-shaped spacecraft is a fine piece of engineering and technology.

NASA is a work of genius. And it has proved successful in its ventures over the years. Ever since the first man landed on the moon all the way to plans of sending a fleet of individuals to Mars, the organization has been excelling at one thing after another.

The Space Shuttle was a symbol of the 80s and 90s. And today there is talk of inhabiting planets and building colonies on the moon. There is even spiel related to meeting up with alien life forms.

This is an exciting aspect of space travel although Stephen Hawking has said that it could prove to be mankind’s loss. The aliens would probably be super-intelligent. And they would treat us like we were dumb natives meant to be colonized and ruled over with an iron fist.

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