Friday, August 5, 2011

NASA, NASA News, The Shuttle is Out, Deep Space and Water Landings Are In, Video

NASA Tests Future Deep Space Vehicle MPCV For Water Landings

Now that NASA has said goodbye to the shuttle it is clear that they have been setting their sites elsewhere for some time. Recently NASA announced that they have discovered flowing water on Mars. They also announced that they have found enough water on a Quasar to fill the earths oceans 140 trillion times over, the problem is that it is 12 billion light years away.

It seems that the International Space Station is already a dinosaur or a thing of the past. The Russians have announced that they will take it out of orbit by the year 2020. NASA appears to have its agenda clearly set elsewhere.  This leads one to think that NASA has had information for some time now which has changed their focus, resources and efforts. 

HAMPTON, Va. — As NASA closes the chapter on the Space Shuttle Program, a new era of exploration vehicles is beginning to take off. Testing began this month at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., in the new Hydro Impact Basin to certify the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV) for water landings. The Orion MPCV will carry astronauts into space, provide emergency abort capability, sustain the crew during space travel and ensure safe re-entry and landing.

Engineers have dropped a 22,000-pound MPCV mock up into the basin. The test item is similar in size and shape to MPCV, but is more rigid so it can withstand multiple drops. Each test has a different drop velocity to represent the MPCV’s possible entry conditions during water landings.

The last of three drop tests to verify the new facility is scheduled for the end of this month.

Testing will resume in September with a slightly modified test article that is more representative of the actual MPCV.

The new Hydro Impact Basin is 115 long, 90 feet wide and 20 feet deep. It is located at the west end of Langley’s historic Landing and Impact Research Facility, or Gantry, where Apollo astronauts trained for moon walks.

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