It will be the fourth time that Navy ships from San Diego have tested recovery on the Orion spacecraft. The test will be conducted using a mock capsule of roughly the same size, shape and center of gravity as NASA’s Orion crew module.
Ships like the Anchorage have well decks into which a floating space capsule can be towed for recovery.
The first Orion flight is scheduled for next year, although it won’t carry a crew in that test. The spacecraft is designed to carry up to six astronauts to the Moon and Mars.
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