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Pool bath: NASA tests landing of Orion capsule in water

Redaction April 7 2021

The Orion capsule, built by Lockheed Martin, will be used by NASA during manned missions to the moon in Artemis program.
And this Tuesday, she passed a crucial test: a dip in the pool.

Suspended by a crane over the “Hydro Impact Basin”, a test pool at the Langley Research Center, the capsule was released from a height of two meters.

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The objective is to test how the spacecraft reacts during the landing in the water, which will happen in the return of the astronauts the land.

More than 500 sensors were installed in the capsule to measure the forces generated by the impact.

The program's first mission is Artemis I, scheduled for the end of this year. An unmanned Orion capsule will be launched by an SLS rocket on a journey around the Moon and back to Earth.

The Artemis II mission will be the first with a crew on board Orion, and is scheduled for August 2023.

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