(Space Fellowship) NASA's Orion Lands Safely on Two of Three Parachutes in Test
By , Posted 02/13/13
WASHINGTON -- NASA engineers have demonstrated the agency's Orion spacecraft can land safely if one of its three main parachutes fails to inflate during deployment.
The test was conducted Tuesday in Yuma, Ariz., with the parachutes attached to a test article. Engineers rigged the parachutes so only two would inflate, leaving the third to flag behind, when the test capsule was dropped from a plane 25,000 feet above the Arizona desert.
"Today is a great validation of the parachute system," s [...]