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Check Out The Crash Test Of Boeing's Astronaut Capsule

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Tom Hale

Senior Journalist

clockFeb 26 2016, 15:28 UTC
95 Check Out The Crash Test Of Boeing's Astronaut Capsule
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While all the attention usually goes towards the tense “We have liftoff” moment, returning back down from space is no small feat, either. And NASA has released a video showing some of the effort that has gone towards testing landing capsules during their commercial buddy-up with Boeing

Last week, teams of researchers tested the Boeing Crew Space Transportation (CST) "Starliner" capsule at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Virginia. This high-tech tin can is designed to send up to seven passengers, or a mix of crew and cargo, to the International Space Station and other low-Earth orbit destinations. The pod features a weldless design and, like all good homes, comes with wireless Internet.

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But, of course, the capsule has got to come back down. The capsule is designed to be grounded on dry land, however in the eventuality of an ad-libbed sea landing, they always need to test out its water wings. The crash test involved seeing how the capsule’s six landing airbags coped with arriving in a 6 meter (20 foot) deep Hydro Impact Basin. By all appearances, it looks like a success. See for yourself in the video below.

 

 


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