NASA Orion Capsule Drop Tests
NASA Orion Space Capsule Drop Test
NASA Orion Space Capsule Drop Test

April 9, 2021

NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia began a new series of four water impact drop tests. According to NASA, this series of drop tests began March 23, 2021 to finalize computer models for loads and structures prior to the Artemis II flight test, NASA’s first mission with crew aboard Orion. Artemis II will carry astronauts around the Moon and back, paving the way to land the first woman and next man on the lunar surface and establish a sustainable presence at the Moon under the Artemis program.

For the April 6, 2021 test, the 14,000 lb. structural test vehicle was instrumented with DTS data acquisition systems and 500 channels of strain gauges, accelerometers and rotational rate sensors. The capsule was then vertically dropped into the Hydro Impact Basin at NASA’s Langley Research Center’s Landing and Impact Research Facility. The goal: better understand what Orion and its crew may experience during its final landing in the Pacific Ocean as part of the Artemis mission to the moon.

 

For over two decades, NASA has used DTS data acquisition systems to capture critical test data on helicopter crash landings, capsule drop testing, LDSD-low density supersonic decelerator and aerobrake testing. Providing accurate test data prior to real-live missions is an important part of research for understanding crash dynamics and improving occupant safety in any arena.

Watch the full video here courtesy of NASA TV https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1_bkuWCmO4

 

NASA Orion Space Capsule Drop Test DTS DAS onboard

DTS data acquisition systems and sensors onboard past Orion capsule tests.

Orion Space Capsule Drop Test DTS DAS onboard

DTS data acquisition systems and sensors onboard past Orion capsule tests.

Orion Space Capsule Drop Test DTS DAS onboard

DTS data acquisition systems and sensors onboard past Orion capsule tests.

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