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CPAS Orion velocity 2014 For more Solutions visit 36 All photos courtesy of NASA. PUT TO THE TEST Before the Orion spacecraft can launch into space carrying crew members, the team at NASA needs to know its parachute system works properly, and will enable astronauts to land safely when it's time to re-enter the atmosphere. The NASA Capsule Parachute Assembly System, or CPAS, has been putting that parachute gear through vigorous testing over the last fi ve years—with the help of NovAtel's SPAN ® technology. In preparation for a parachute drop test in 2012, the team loads a test version of the Orion spacecraft into a C-17. The test was completed at the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona. The time it takes for Orion's parachute system to deploy 7 minutes

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