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December 05, 2017
MEDIA ADVISORY M17-143

NASA Invites Media to Orion Spacecraft Parachute Test in Arizona
 
NASA is inviting media to attend a test of parachutes for the agency’s Orion spacecraft Wednesday, Dec. 13, at the U.S. Army’s Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona. This test is the fifth in a series of eight to qualify the parachute system for crewed Orion missions.

Media will have the opportunity to view the test from the drop zone, see the engineering model of Orion up close, and interview NASA personnel including astronaut Butch Wilmore and Exploration Mission-1 manager Michael Sarafin.

To attend, media must contact Laura Rochon at [email protected] by 1 p.m. EST Friday, Dec. 8.

During the test, a model Orion spacecraft will be dropped from a C-17 aircraft flying at an altitude of 35,000 feet. Engineers will evaluate a simulated scenario in which one of the three main parachutes fails to open after the deployment of several other parachutes that help slow and stabilize the spacecraft.

Orion’s parachutes are critical to the safe return of the spacecraft and its future crews after deep-space exploration missions. They help Orion slow from about 300 to 20 mph in less than 10 minutes, enabling a safe splashdown in the ocean.

Orion will carry astronauts farther into the solar system than ever before, provide emergency abort capabilities, sustain the crew during their mission and provide safe re-entry through Earth’s atmosphere.

Find more information about Orion at:

https://www.nasa.gov/orion
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Re: Orion spacecraft parachute test December 13, 2017
« Reply #1 on: 12/13/2017 01:51 PM »
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Good morning from @USArmy Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona. Orion team is preparing for today's parachute drop test. Live broadcast starts at 10:15 AM ET. http://facebook.com/nasaorion

https://twitter.com/NASA_Orion/status/940947222211915780

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Re: Orion spacecraft parachute test December 13, 2017
« Reply #2 on: 12/13/2017 01:53 PM »
From yesterday:

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Engineers prepare Orion for Wednesday's parachute test at @USArmy Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona. Live broadcast starts at 10:15 AM ET. http://facebook.com/nasaorion

https://twitter.com/NASA_Orion/status/940743389841997826

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Re: Orion spacecraft parachute test December 13, 2017
« Reply #3 on: 12/13/2017 02:17 PM »
Only on Facebook and nothing yet.

https://www.facebook.com/NASAOrion/


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Re: Orion spacecraft parachute test December 13, 2017
« Reply #5 on: 12/13/2017 02:26 PM »
OK, some bloke just said 5 mins to dry pass and then 15 mins after that for the drop.

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Re: Orion spacecraft parachute test December 13, 2017
« Reply #6 on: 12/13/2017 02:35 PM »
Butch Wilmore is there....

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Re: Orion spacecraft parachute test December 13, 2017
« Reply #7 on: 12/13/2017 02:36 PM »
"What are we hoping to see?"

Butch Wilmore. "BIG ORANGE PARACHUTES!" ;D

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Re: Orion spacecraft parachute test December 13, 2017
« Reply #8 on: 12/13/2017 02:43 PM »
I'm going to Tennessee. Butch's accent is the best thing ever! ;D

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Re: Orion spacecraft parachute test December 13, 2017
« Reply #9 on: 12/13/2017 02:44 PM »
17 chutes in total will be used in today's test...
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Re: Orion spacecraft parachute test December 13, 2017
« Reply #10 on: 12/13/2017 02:44 PM »
Interesting fact they just mentioned: in Apollo, the parachute risers were made out of steel, and there were constraints on how they could recontact hot parts of the capsule upon deployment. New materials are now used, along with better modeling, so concerns about this kind of issues are alleviated.
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Re: Orion spacecraft parachute test December 13, 2017
« Reply #11 on: 12/13/2017 02:45 PM »
Black Hawk (lower) and C-17 (contrails)
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Re: Orion spacecraft parachute test December 13, 2017
« Reply #12 on: 12/13/2017 02:46 PM »
Going around and doing another lap, door still not open.

Commentator standing by to hear about the cause for the delay.
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Re: Orion spacecraft parachute test December 13, 2017
« Reply #13 on: 12/13/2017 02:47 PM »
False start. Didn't drop.

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Re: Orion spacecraft parachute test December 13, 2017
« Reply #14 on: 12/13/2017 02:47 PM »
C-17 door opening issue because of altitude and depressurization of the aft. Trying known and proven backup options to open it.
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Re: Orion spacecraft parachute test December 13, 2017
« Reply #15 on: 12/13/2017 02:48 PM »
15-minute go-around pass, last shot today.
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Re: Orion spacecraft parachute test December 13, 2017
« Reply #16 on: 12/13/2017 02:48 PM »
Break out the crowbar...
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Re: Orion spacecraft parachute test December 13, 2017
« Reply #17 on: 12/13/2017 02:53 PM »
Butch and Flight Director Mike Sarafin make a jovial pair for a live broadcast.  I'd like to hear them banter for the 15 minutes between passes.

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Re: Orion spacecraft parachute test December 13, 2017
« Reply #18 on: 12/13/2017 02:53 PM »
Go-around/racetrack cut short by five minutes - means in ~5 minute the drop will be attempted. No word on the door yet.
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Re: Orion spacecraft parachute test December 13, 2017
« Reply #19 on: 12/13/2017 02:55 PM »
If it is a pressurization relief issue they could blow open the relief doors...
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