Orion Parachute Testing Continues

Even after its successful EFT-1 return from space, engineers have continued testing on Orion's parachutes to simulate a range of conditions it may experience on reentry from deep space.  Earlier this month, engineers tested a scenario in which is was subjected to extreme loads.  More from NASA:

"During this test, engineers replicated a situation in which Orion must abort off the Space Launch System rocket and bypass part of its normal parachute deployment sequence that typically helps the spacecraft slow down during its descent to Earth after deep space missions. The capsule was dropped out of a C-17 aircraft at more than 4.7 miles in altitude and allowed to free fall for 20 seconds, longer than ever before, to produce high aerodynamic pressure before only its pilot and main parachutes were deployed, testing whether they could perform as expected under extreme loads. Orion’s full parachute system includes 11 total parachutes -- three forward bay cover parachutes and two drogue parachutes, along with three pilot parachutes that help pull out the spacecraft’s three mains."

For more information:  https://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/orion-parachutes-measure-up-in-high-pressure-test

For more information:  https://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/orion-parachutes-measure-up-in-high-pressure-test