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Drogue Parachute Drop Test
04.14.10
 
Image from April 14, 2010 NASA drogue parachute drop test at the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground The parachute recovery system and payload are extracted from the back of an Air Force C- 17 as part of NASA’s drogue parachute test on April 14, 2010, at the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Grounds near Yuma, Ariz. This was the second in a series of three planned load limit tests designed to place the loads expected in flight on the parachute canopy. (Credit: U. S. Army Yuma Proving Ground)
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Image from April 14, 2010 NASA drogue parachute drop test at the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground The 68-foot-diameter drogue parachute and jumbo dart used for NASA's load limit test at the U. S. Army Yuma Proving Grounds near Yuma, Ariz., functioned properly and landed safely on April 14, 2010. (Credit U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground)
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Image from April 14, 2010 NASA drogue parachute drop test at the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground As a grand finale to NASA's successful drogue parachute test on April 14, 2010, at the U. S. Army Yuma Proving Grounds near Yuma, Ariz., the jumbo dart landed perfectly -- sticking upright in the ground, as the main parachute deflated. (Credit U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground)
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Image from April 14, 2010 NASA drogue parachute drop test at the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground All systems were go as engineers conducted last-minute checks in preparations for NASA's drogue parachute test on April 14, 2010, at the U. S. Army Yuma Proving Grounds near Yuma, Ariz. The jumbo dart used as part of test sits in back of an Air Force C-17. The 77,000-pound payload used in the test set a record for the heaviest single load ever extracted out of a C-17 during flight. (Credit: NASA)
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Image from April 14, 2010 NASA drogue parachute drop test at the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground The jumbo dart used as part NASA's drogue parachute test was loaded into the back of an Air Force C-17 on April 13, 2010, at the U. S. Army Yuma Proving Grounds near Yuma, Ariz. The design load limit test will provide engineers with a better understanding of the full structural capabilities of the drogue parachute currently under development to return next-generation space vehicles safely to Earth. (Credit: NASA)
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Image from April 14, 2010 NASA drogue parachute drop test at the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground Carla Thomas, a NASA videographer at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif., tests her camera. She captured in-flight imagery of the extraction of the 77,000-pound test palette from a U.S. Air Force C-17 during a drogue parachute test on April 14, 2010, at the U. S. Army Yuma Proving Grounds near Yuma, Ariz. This drop test set a record for the heaviest single load ever extracted out of a C-17 during flight. (Credit: U. S. Army Yuma Proving Ground)
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Image from April 14, 2010 NASA drogue parachute drop test at the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground The jumbo dart used as part of NASA's drogue parachute test on April 14, 2010, at the U. S. Army Yuma Proving Grounds near Yuma, Ariz., is one of the heaviest single loads ever extracted out of an Air Force C-17 during flight. A specialized trailer was used to handle the 77,000-pound weight. (Credit: U. S. Army Yuma Proving Ground)
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Image from April 14, 2010 NASA drogue parachute drop test at the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground The jumbo dart used in NASA's drogue parachute test on April 14, 2010, at the Yuma Proving Grounds near Yuma, Ariz., sits alongside the U.S. Air Force C-17 that carried it to an altitude of 25,000 feet before releasing it for the test. The plane is also a movie star: It was used in the films "Transformers" and "Iron Man!" The 77,000-pound payload set a record for the heaviest single load ever extracted out of a C-17 during flight. (Credit: NASA)
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Image from April 14, 2010 NASA drogue parachute drop test at the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground Due to the extra weight of the test article, the Ares Projects team took extra precautions to load the drop test article onto an Air Force C-17 on April 13, 2010, in preparation for NASA's drogue parachute test at the U.S. Army Proving Ground near Yuma, Ariz. Credit: NASA
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Jumbo dart used as part of the Ares I parachute test is loaded into the back of a U.S. Air Force C17. The jumbo dart used as part of the Ares I parachute test is loaded into the back of a U.S. Air Force C-17, April 13, 2010. A specialized trailer was used to handle its 77,000 pound weight. (Credit: NASA)
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