Engineers on Boeing’s CST-100 commercial crew vehicle project are turning their attention to a forward heat shield jettison test and a hot fire of the capsule’s orbital maneuvering/attitude control engines, following a successful landing test May 2. An Erickson Air Crane helicopter dropped a dummy capsule from 14,000 ft. over Delamar Dry Lake Bed, Nev., to validate its system of three parachutes and six airbags. The chutes deployed as planned, and slowed the capsule to a two-stage ...
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