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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Only two of the Orion's three parachutes are deployed (as expected) above the U.S. Army's Yuma Proving Grounds in Arizona, on February 12, 2013.
NASA

Another Orion Milestone... Yesterday, another drop test was conducted on the main parachutes that will be used on the Orion spacecraft. Unlike previous drops, however, this demonstration was rigged so that only two of the main chutes would fully inflate...to study how Orion would behave in the event of a chute deployment failure as the capsule descended towards the ground. The demo was a success; with the Orion test article safely touching down at the Yuma Proving Grounds in Arizona after being deployed from a C-130 aircraft 25,000 feet above the desert.

The Orion test article is about to be dropped from a C-130 aircraft 25,000 feet above the U.S. Army's Yuma Proving Grounds in Arizona, on February 12, 2013.
NASA

The Orion's parachutes are about to be deployed above the U.S. Army's Yuma Proving Grounds in Arizona, on February 12, 2013.
NASA

The Orion's parachutes are deployed above the U.S. Army's Yuma Proving Grounds in Arizona, on February 12, 2013.
NASA

The Orion's parachutes are deployed above the U.S. Army's Yuma Proving Grounds in Arizona, on February 12, 2013.
NASA

The Orion test article is about to touch down at the U.S. Army's Yuma Proving Grounds in Arizona after a successful drop test, on February 12, 2013.
NASA

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