NASA will coordinate with the US Navy to recover the Orion spacecraft flying from the Moon to Earth, using a winch to bring the capsule back to the continent..
NASA and the US Navy rehearse for the recovery of the Orion ship.
NASA and the US Navy rehearse the recovery of the Orion ship. (Photo: KЅC).
Artemis Mission 1 will soon end and the US Navy is ready to recover the Orion spacecraft from the Pacific Ocean. The US Navy coordinated training with NASA on recovery operations, including lifting the Orion capsule from the sea and transporting the vehicle onto the amphibious transport ship USS Portland using a winch. After that, the USS Portland will bring the Orion ship to port at Naval Base San Diego, Space reported on December 9. To prepare for the recovery operation, the US Navy, The landing and recovery team was led by the Exploration Ground Systems program NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) and Department of Defense (DoD) personnel have been training for many years, beginning in 2014.
Currently, the Orion spacecraft is flying through space at a speed of 1,786 km/h on its way back to Earth. The ship will travel at a speed of 40,000 km/h when it passes through Earth’s atmosphere on December 11. After opening a series of parachutes, the capsule’s falling process will slow to 7 mph before the vehicle lands precisely within the recovery ship’s field of view, according to NASA.
The Artemis 1 team aims to land near the coast of San Diego, but weather forecasts could push the target about 300 miles south, off the coast of Baja California. In addition to the USS Portland crew and accompanying aircraft, NASA’s landing and recovery team will include a team of U.S. Navy divers, U.S. Air Force weather experts, engineers and technicians from Lockheed Martin, manufacturer of the Orion capsule.
Images shared by KSC show the scale of the recovery operation as the USS Portland, the Sikorsky SH-60 Seahawk helicopter and numerous small self-propelled vessels were mobilized to transport divers to the Orion ship to attach winch cables. Melissa Jones, director of NASA recovery operations at KSC, said the training is not only to prepare for the Artemis 1 mission, but also to be ready to recover the future Orion spacecraft returning from the Moon with astronauts at the interior.
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NASA will then coordinate with the US Navy to recover the Orion spacecraft flying from the Moon to Earth, using a winch to bring the capsule back to the continent. NASA and the Navy…