HOUSTON – The parachute recovery system for NASA’s Orion crew exploration capsule performed as designed during a complex June 25 Arizona drop test in which a replica of the 20,000-lb. vehicle was released from 35,000 ft. The test evaluated the cover release mechanism on the forward bay in which the three main chutes and their deployment apparatus are stowed preflight. The test also exercised NASA chase planes and U.S. Navy helicopter recovery crews that will take part in ...


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