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TRAINING FOR A NEW SPACECRAFT – CENTER OF GRAVITY
 
Physics

Key Topics: Center of Gravity

The Water Egress and Survival Trainer (WEST) is a replica of Orion, NASA’s next generation spacecraft. WEST is used in the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory so astronauts can perform what is called egress training, which provides the skills required to exit a vehicle after landing. In this activity, students will evaluate one of many critical properties that must be understood in order to effectively simulate every possible egress scenario following capsule splashdown in any sea state by using their knowledge of physics and center of gravity.

Students will
  • determine the center of gravity (CG) of the Water Egress and Survival Trainer (WEST);
  • construct summation of moment expressions for WEST in static equilibrium; and
  • explain the engineering behind the experimental set-up designed to measure the CG of WEST.


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› Training For a New Spacecraft – Center of Gravity Educator Edition (PDF 352 KB)
› Training For a New Spacecraft – Center of Gravity Student Edition (PDF 300 KB)

Related Resources:
› VIDEO: Orion MPCV: The Journey Begins