US Navy Does Trials of Recovering Orion Spacecraft In View Of Long-Term Space Plans
The new Orion spacecraft of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration will return from its first test flight on December 4 after reaching an altitude of 3,600 miles and will plunge into the Pacific Ocean. These test flights took place from August 1 to August 4, a few hundred miles off the coast of Baja California, Mexico.
Though the December mission will be crew-less, the practice of retrieving Orion spacecraft were done as part of a long-term effort to allow humans further into space than they've ever traveled before.
Larry Price, Lockheed Martin's Deputy Program Manager for the Orion, said, "We're building a crewed vehicle to go to other planets. The Orion is the complex vehicle that will be able to return them safely".
Working on the practice recoveries was an extensive team of technicians, engineers, sailors and divers. In the sessions, they prepared themselves for various scenarios that could occur after the spacecraft's re-entry sets it down off the coast of Southern California.
All this practice is important from the point that conversion of Orion from the extreme environment of space to Earth's atmosphere will be at a speed of 20,000 mph and temperature of 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit.
NASA states that Orion spacecraft is so designed that it can take humans farther than they've ever gone before. It will largely serve as the exploration vehicle that will carry the crew to space along with providing emergency abort capability, sustaining the crew during the space travel and also providing safe re-entry from deep space return velocities.
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