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The space shuttle program may be over but NASA is hard at work testing its forthcoming space vehicle known as Orion. Unlike the space shuttle, future manned missions will splash down for an ocean landing rather than taking to a runway. NASA has just completed building a one-million gallon pool to test these splashes, and have begun dunking a test model of the next crew vehicle. You can take a look at the test in the video below where the 22,700 pound vehicle impacts the water at 24 mph. The $1.7 million Hydro Impact Basin will help prove that the Orion capsule can withstand a splashdown. Other future space capsules will also be tested this summer as well as additional test drops at higher speeds.
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Hmmm I thought the government cancelled this program.
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I thought the Orion project had been canceled. (this one, not the 1960s nuclear one, although that sounds like fun too )

Glad to see they're still working on it.
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They originally cancelled all of Constellation (Ares and Orion), but decided to continue with Orion in an attempt to provide a reliable human rated capsule for commercial flights.
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Why the hell did they have to create a pool to dunk it in...toss the crap in the ocean. What ever they build will need to be tested there too so the testing ship will be needed anyway. Why test it twice? Put a cable on it so it doesn't sink and your fine.

It is crap like this that caused NASA to begin its shutdown. $400 million per shuttle launch when estimates for a civian run lauch range greatly, but the highest I've seen was around $50 million
Edited by Vagrant Storm - 7/26/11 at 10:44am
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Why the hell did they have to create a pool to dunk it in...toss the crap in the ocean. What ever they build will need to be tested there too so the testing ship will be needed anyway. Why test it twice? Put a cable on it so it doesn't sink and your fine.

It is crap like this that caused NASA to begin its shutdown. $400 million per shuttle launch when estimates that a civian run lauch range greatly, but the highest I've seen was around $50 million
That's what I was thinking, why build a pool when you have the ocean. Isn't it designed to work in the ocean anyway?
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They need a controlled environment (a pool) to test so they can reveal test results, say that it is a success, ????????, profit (funding).
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They don't have the recovery vehicles. They would have to design, build, test etc them before they could test the capsule in an ocean. Then they could find out the capsule doesn't work properly then have to change the design which means changing the vehicles aswell which just means even more money. Not to mention they would need to develop a whole new way of dropping it into the ocean and trying to mount the structure on a boat. It makes complete sense to test it in a controlled environment first.

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They need a controlled environment (a pool) to test so they can reveal test results, say that it is a success, ????????, profit (funding).
Also, this. It's hard to set up cameras and sensors to record data in exact positions where they won't move in the middle of the ocean.
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That's what I was thinking, why build a pool when you have the ocean. Isn't it designed to work in the ocean anyway?
PETA already doesnt like NASA... what if they were to drop it on a dolphin/shark/fish and kill it

It would probably cost a ton of money to outfit/build a ship for this purpose and follow all the strict code that NASA follows... Id imagine it would also be nice to have some control over the waves/choppiness in order to get accurate readings from sensors from the capsule and the boat... also probably easier to delay a test on land because of the weather than in the ocean=$$$
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PETA already doesnt like NASA... what if they were to drop it on a dolphin/shark/fish and kill it

It would probably cost a ton of money to outfit/build a ship for this purpose and follow all the strict code that NASA follows... Id imagine it would also be nice to have some control over the waves/choppiness in order to get accurate readings from sensors from the capsule and the boat... also probably easier to delay a test on land because of the weather than in the ocean=$$$
But all the ocean testing will need to be done any way. All equipment will need to be built. Why do this extra step? The controlled environment would only be needed if they wanted to know the effect the capulse would have on the ocean...which I am sure is not needed data. As far as this testing goes...the only environment they need to worry about is the capsule its self

This is just more 1960's type of thinking (and spending). $1.7 million could have done a small part in keeping a truely worth while NASA program going.
Edited by Vagrant Storm - 7/26/11 at 11:02am
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They dont want to cause another Tsunami. Plus this way maximum pool party has been achieved.
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