VIDEO OF THE DAY: U.S. Navy Divers Practice Orion Recovery Techniques

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Navy will recover capsule off coast of Baja, Calif

ABOVE VIDEO: A team of U.S. Navy divers practiced Orion underway recovery techniques Sept. 20-22 in the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston to prepare for the first test flight of an uncrewed Orion spacecraft with the agency’s Space Launch System rocket during Exploration Mission 1.

(NASA) – A team of U.S. Navy divers practiced Orion underway recovery techniques Sept. 20-22 in the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

The exercise was done to prepare for the first test flight of an uncrewed Orion spacecraft with the agency’s Space Launch System rocket during Exploration Mission 1.

The training will prepare the recovery team, Ground Systems Development and Operations and Orion manufacturer Lockheed Martin Underway Recovery Test 5 in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California in October.

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The Orion capsule will be recovered by the Navy when it lands off the coast of Baja, Calif., next year during its first flight test, Exploration Flight Test-1.

NASA engineers have been working with the Navy to develop the procedures their divers will use and test them in the NBL.

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U.S. Navy divers connect the a mockup of Orion’s Forward Bay Cover to a crane to hoist it out of the water at the 40-foot deep Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) at Johnson Space Center.

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