Trial by Water
NASA tests the seaworthiness of its new moonship.
- By Rebecca Maksel
- AirSpaceMag.com, April 27, 2009
Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division
Next, a quarter-scale model was developed by a team at NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC), and taken to Carderock for testing.
The quarter-scale experiment had two goals. “The first was to determine the optimum towing configuration of the capsule,” said Carrico. “We also looked at the equipment that would be installed post-splashdown,” such as a sea anchor and flotation collar, that will help the search-and-rescue teams to retrieve the astronauts (and recover the capsule) more quickly.