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NASA tested the capsule spaceship Orion

В NASA испытали капсулу межпланетного корабля OrionThe capsule dropped out of a plane from a height of about 10 kilometers.

NASA successfully conducted a final test of the parachute braking system of the landing capsule of the future spaceship Orion.

The capsule dropped out of a plane from a height of about 10 kilometers.

From Orion there are four set of parachutes, which, working together, will be safe to put the spacecraft after flying on the moon. The test should confirm operability of a complex system of 11 main and auxiliary parachutes in conjunction with pyrotechnic charges to ensure braking and landing.

Although the processing of the test results will take several weeks, there are early indications that the test was successful. In this test, which was completed around 11 am on September 12 local time, Orion successfully launched all their gear.

Then Orion landed at Yuma proving ground the U.S. army in Arizona near the group of spectators and NASA officials. Among them was Orion program Manager mark Kirasich, who briefly confirmed that the test was successful.

“After today, if all goes according to plan, we’ll be ready to fly. It’s just amazing,” said astronaut Randy Bresnik on the NASA channel.

The first test flight of Orion is not expected until 2019, when the spacecraft will be launched to lunar orbit. After this test flight will be launched, NASA will be able to eventually use Orion for missions beyond low earth orbit.

Recall that the first unmanned test flight of the Orion (EFT-1) was held on 5 December 2014, it was used the launch vehicle Delta IV Heavy. Drone flight by using media with SLS flight around the moon was scheduled to end in 2018, but then due to technical shortcomings and financial difficulties NASA launch postponed.

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