NASA to Host Virtual Viewing of Orion Spacecraft Drop Test


Orion spacecraft undergoes water impact drop tests.
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Engineers at NASAs Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia begin a new series of four water impact drop tests with a test version of the capsule for NASAs Orion spacecraft to better understand what Orion and its crew may experience when landing in the Pacific Ocean after Artemis missions to the Moon.
Credits: NASA

Engineers will drop an 14,000-pounds test version of the Orion spacecraft into the Hydro Impact Basin at NASA’s Langley Research Center’s Landing and Impact Research Facility in Hampton, Virginia at 1:45 p.m. EDT Tuesday, April 6.

The test will air live onNASA Television, the NASA app and the agencyswebsite, and will livestream on multiple agency social media platforms, including the Facebook channels for Orion and Langley.

Participants include:

  • Debbie Korth, Orion Crew and Service Module manager, NASAs Johnson Space Center
  • Jacob Putnam, data analyst, NASAs Langley Research Center

The public may ask questions on social media using #AskNASA.

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