Orion Underway Recovery Test 5 (URT-5)

NASA/Bill White2016-11-01



Orion Underway Recovery Test 5 team members gather in the USS San Diego at the end of a series of tests. NASA's Ground Systems Development and Operations Program and the U.S. Navy practiced recovery techniques in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California over several days, using the well deck of the ship and a test version of the Orion crew module to prepare for recovery of Orion on its return from deep space missions. The testing allowed 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: 2016-11-01
  • Location: San Diego, CA
  • Rights: KSC
  • Album: ajwatso3