US Navy successfully recovers Orion capsule in splashdown test

NASA and US Navy Orion capsule recovery test at sea was successful.

@ShaneMcGlaun
Published Fri, Aug 8 2014 11:00 AM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:15 PM CST

The Orion capsule is the spacecraft that will help American astronauts get back into space in the future. It's first flight is set for December, but preparations for other aspects of Orion operations are underway. One of those practice aspects is the recovery of the capsule after a splashdown in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California.

US Navy successfully recovers Orion capsule in splashdown test | TweakTown.com

This week, US Navy dive teams aboard the USS Anchorage recovery vessel successfully recovered the Orion capsule during a practice test using a cradle and winch system. This test is the last time the Navy and NASA get to practice before the Orion is sent 3600 miles above the earth.

During that unmanned test flight, Orion will land in a splashdown in the ocean where it will be recovered and used again. NASA hasn't performed an at sea recovery of a spacecraft in a real mission since 1975.

NEWS SOURCE:techtimes.com

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