A model of NASA’s Orion spacecraft is loaded into the C-17 airplane that then dropped it from an altitude of 25,000 feet above the Arizona desert.
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A model of NASA’s Orion spacecraft is poised to be dropped from a C-17 airplane 25,000 feet above the Arizona desert to test its parachute system.
To test the Orion parachute system, engineers rigged one of the test capsule’s three main parachutes – the middle parachute in this view – to skip one stage of its inflation, putting additional stress on the vehicle as it opened.
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