NASA’s Orion/Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle parachute test article touched down intact at the U.S. Army Proving Grounds in Yuma, Ariz., on July 24, following the program’s most challenging drop exercise to date. The mass simulator for the four-person capsule was dropped from a U.S. Air Force C-17 transport at 35,000 ft. One of the capsule’s three 116 ft.-wide main parachutes was then intentionally cut away below 8,000 ft., simulating a loss of redundancy following a normal drogue chute ...

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