Lockheed Martin, NASA and U.S. Navy Test Orion Spacecraft Ocean Recovery
Team Progressing Toward Exploration Flight Test-1
LOS ANGELES, Aug 6, 2014
LOS ANGELES, Aug 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --In a simulated ocean recovery of an
Orion spacecraft test article, Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT], NASA and the U.S.
Navy practiced recovery techniques for retrieving the crew module after it
splashes down at sea following its first test flight later this year. This
test allowed the team to evaluate procedures, hardware and personnel
responsible for the recovery.
During the test, which took place off the coast of San Clemente Island, U.S.
Navy dive teams retrieved and positioned the Orion test article on the USS
Anchorage using a Lockheed Martin built recovery cradle, recovery winch, and
sea anchor. The information gathered during this phase of testing will help
ensure a safe and efficient recovery of the crew module and collection of
flight test data after splashdown.
"Completing recovery simulations in a real, ocean environment before EFT-1 is
incredibly helpful," said Larry Price, Lockheed Martin Deputy Program Manager
for the Orion program. "This test allows us to improve the procedures for
handling the crew module and determine if the recovery equipment designs are
precise, safe and efficient."
Orion will complete its first test flight, Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1),
on December 4, 2014. During EFT-1, the uncrewed spacecraft will launch on a
Delta IV Heavy rocket and will travel 3,600 miles beyond low Earth orbit—15
times further than the International Space Station. That same day, Orion will
return to Earth at a speed of approximately 20,000 mph for a splashdown in the
Pacific Ocean. The flight will provide engineers with data about systems
critical to crew safety such as heat shield performance, separation events,
avionics and software performance, attitude control and guidance, parachute
deployment, and recovery operations to validate designs of the spacecraft
before it begins carrying humans to new destinations in deep space.
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