|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.|
Hmmm I thought the government cancelled this program.