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Pub time for NASA bods? Orion spacecraft test launch called off


"8 parachutes = one tangled mess"

They're not all out at once.

Big parachutes, like the main chutes of the Orion capsule, sometimes need some assistance to be pulled out to a correct inflation distance from the payload they're trying to soft land. So, smaller chutes are used. This particular process used by Orion achieves the following:

1) Stabilizing the capsule in the correct orientation for main parachute deployment (with the drogues opening in a few steps to avoid a hard shock on the capsule)

2) Small chutes help pull out the main ones

3) Finally the main chutes deploy in a few steps to, again, avoid a hard shock.

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