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
“A lot of the time,” says NASA’s Alan Rhodes, “people will ask ‘Well, you did this in Apollo, you don’t need to worry about this.’ But this is a completely new vehicle, it’s much larger, and the added space will affect how it’s going to float on the water and react to the waves.”
Parajumpers from Air Force Special Operations Command were at Carderock to get practice adding the floatation collar and sea anchor during a night dive. The decals on the capsule show the divers the locations of windows and thrusters that will be exposed to the water.