During that first recovery trial in February, rough sea conditions forced NASA to end the test early. Since then, NASA has modified procedures and equipment to safely recover Orion in such conditions.
The first test flight will use a Delta IV Heavy rocket to send an unmanned Orion to an altitude of 3,600 miles, then back into the atmosphere at a speed of more than 20,000 miles per hour, simulating re-entry from a trip beyond the moon.
NASA Practices Splashdown of Manned Spaceship off San Diego was last modified: August 5th, 2014 by Chris Jennewein
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