Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Orion Capsule Gets Worst Case Scenario Hydro Impact Drop Test
I don't think I would want to land upside down in the water on my way home from space.
This is the third Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV) water landing test conducted at the Hydro Impact Basin at NASA Langley Research Center. This test represented the worst-case scenario for landing. The prediction had a 50-percent chance of the test article getting inverted. The Orion Project Team collects valuable data regarding Crew Module stability. The team also obtained invaluable experience in righting the test article.
From: NASA Langley