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Orion Test Article Vertical Drop (25 ft)
Orion Test Article Vertical Drop (25 ft)

Water impact test of an 18,000-pound (8,165 kilogram) test version of the Orion spacecraft dropped from 25 feet (7.62 meters) at NASA's Langley Research Center on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012.

NASA is conducting these vertical drop tests to help fine-tune the way NASA predicts Orion's landing loads.

The Hydro Impact Basin is 115 feet long, 90 feet wide and 20 feet deep (35 x 27 x 6 meters). It is located at the west end of Langley's historic Landing and Impact Research Facility, or Gantry, where Apollo astronauts trained for moon walks.

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