View Full Version : NASA Tests New Rocket and Parachute Systems

2005-Sep-13, 05:04 AM
SUMMARY: NASA has tested out rocket engines and parachutes that could help astronauts escape from the Orbital Space Plane (OSP) if there's a problem on the launch pad. The RS-88 engines, which would launch the astronauts away from the OSP, were fired 14 times for a total of 15 seconds of operation. The parachutes were tested at the US Army's Yuma Proving Grounds and verified that the four main and single drogue parachutes were working as expected. NASA has several Pad Abort Demonstration tests planned for the future, which should give astronauts a better chance of surviving if there's a problem with the spacecraft.

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