A group of former Apollo aero sciences experts teamed with the NESC, and the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle Program to assess the issue of drogue damping in the Orion crew module parachute system.
A wind tunnel test will be sponsored by the NESC team using particle image velocimetry to obtain wake flow measurements from a capsule model.
The NESC performed a risk-reducing technology demonstration for the Orion Crew Module Vision Navigation System (VNS) with the vision navigation sensor autonomous rendezvous and docking relative navigation experiment (VADRE).
An NESC assessment will be testing composite strands to improve reliability estimates of COPVs and understanding of COPV stress rupture behavior to ensure safety and reliability of COPVs
NESC is assessing the use of shock poof and corrosion immune bearings on space applications.
The SBKF project expects to significantly reduce structural mass in buckling-critical launch vehicle (LV) shell structures and help mitigate future vehicle development and performance risks.
The NESC’s Crew Module Water Landing Modeling (CMWLM) assessment recently completed a successful test series, including over 40 drops of the boiler-plate MLAS/Orion crew module.
The NESC provided support to the trapped miners in Chile by making recommendations on miner health and wellbeing and also designing the rescue capsule.
For the past three years, the NESC has been evaluating a composite crew module as an alternative to the baseline Orion design. A tiger team was formed between Orion and the NESC team recently to compare opportunities and challenges.
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