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Orion Underway Recovery Test 5 (URT-5)

NASA/Bill White2016-10-29

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A test version of the Orion crew module floats outside the well deck of the USS San Diego on the fourth day of Underway Recovery Test 5 in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California. NASA's Ground Systems Development and Operations Program and the U.S. Navy are practicing retrieving and securing the crew module in the well deck of the ship using tethers and a winch system to prepare for recovery of Orion on its return from deep space missions. The testing will allow the team to demonstrate and evaluate recovery processes, procedures, hardware and personnel in open waters. Orion is the exploration spacecraft designed to carry astronauts to destinations not yet explored by humans, including an asteroid and NASA's 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 on NASA's Space Launch System in late 2018. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/orion.

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  • Title: Orion Underway Recovery Test 5 (URT-5)
  • Creator: NASA/Bill White
  • Date Created: 2016-10-29
  • Location: San Diego, CA
  • Rights: KSC
  • Album: ajwatso3

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