NASA Test Version of Orion is Drop Tested from a C-17

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NASA Test Version of Orion is Drop Tested from a C-17.

A test version of Orion is dropped from a C-17, while flying 13,000 feet above the Arizona desert at the U.S. Army's Yuma Proving Ground on April 23.

The spacecraft is released from the airplane on a sled that moves it safely away. Then a series of programmer parachutes get it into position for the test before the three massive orange and white main parachutes deploy. This was the first parachute test to simulate a launch abort scenario.

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