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NASA successfully tested the Orion spacecraft’s parachute system on March 16, 2018, at the U.S. Army Proving Ground in Yuma, Arizona, during which engineers integrated a partial system failure into the test protocol for the first time. For its final test on Sept. 12, 2018, an Orion test capsule will be dropped from a C-17 aircraft at an altitude of more than six miles to verify the spacecraft’s complex parachute system provides a safe landing on Earth.

NASA to broadcast final parachute test for Orion spacecraft

NASA will air the last test Wednesday, Sept. 12, of the parachute system for its Orion shuttle, which will convey space explorers to the...