Orion Underway Recovery Test 5 (URT-5) - Orion Boiler Plate Test

NASA/Bill White2016-10-21


Washington, DC, United States

Preparations are underway to transport the test version of the Orion crew module onto the USS San Diego at Naval Base San Diego in California. NASA, Orion manufacturer Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Navy will head out to sea with the Orion test spacecraft aboard for Underway Recovery Test 5 (URT-5) in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California. During URT-5, the team will demonstrate and evaluate the recovery processes, procedures, hardware and personnel necessary for recovery of Orion on its return from a deep space mission. Orion is the exploration spacecraft designed to carry astronauts to destinations not yet explored by humans, including an asteroid and NASA Journey to Mars. It will have emergency abort capability, sustain the crew during space travel and provide safe re-entry from deep space return velocities. Orion is scheduled to launch atop NASA’s Space Launch System rocket in 2018. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/orion.


  • Title: Orion Underway Recovery Test 5 (URT-5) - Orion Boiler Plate Test
  • Creator: NASA/Bill White
  • Date Created: 2016-10-21
  • Location: Naval Base, San Diego California
  • Rights: KSC
  • Album: ajwatso3

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