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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Orion test article is prepped for its drop test over the U.S. Army's Yuma Proving Grounds in Arizona, on December 21, 2011.
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ORION Update... A parachute drop test for the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV) was conducted over the U.S. Army's Yuma Proving Grounds in Arizona earlier today. This was in preparation for the MPCV's first sojourn into space...on the Exploration Flight Test-1 demonstration that will launch from Florida in early 2014.

The Orion test article is dropped from a C-130 aircraft 25,000 feet above the U.S. Army's Yuma Proving Grounds in Arizona, on December 21, 2011.
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The Orion's parachutes are about to be deployed above the U.S. Army's Yuma Proving Grounds in Arizona, on December 21, 2011.
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The Orion's parachutes are deployed above the U.S. Army's Yuma Proving Grounds in Arizona, on December 21, 2011.
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The Orion test article touches down at the U.S. Army's Yuma Proving Grounds in Arizona after a successful drop test, on December 21, 2011.
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