The Orion capsule, built by Lockheed Martin, will be used by NASA during manned missions to the Moon in the Artemis program.
And this Tuesday, she passed a crucial test: a dip in the pool.
Suspended by a crane over the “Hydro Impact Basin”, a test pool at the Langley Research Center, the capsule was released from a height of two meters.
The goal is to test how the spacecraft reacts during the water landing, which will happen when astronauts return to Earth.
More than 500 sensors were installed in the capsule to measure the forces generated by the impact.
The first mission of the program is Artemis I, scheduled for the end of this year. An unmanned Orion capsule will be launched by an SLS rocket on a trip around the Moon and back to Earth.
The Artemis II mission will be the first with a crew on board Orion, and is scheduled for August 2023.
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