[US] Navy to practice spaceship recovery off San Diego | UTSanDiego.com

A Navy warship will place an experimental space capsule in the ocean off San Diego and later retrieve it as part of an exercise to help NASA develop a safe way to recover Orion, a planned spacecraft whose astronauts will return to Earth by parachuting into the sea.

The exercise will occur in late February near San Clemente Island, where the amphibious warship San Diego will put the Orion prototype into a cradle then float it out of its well deck. The 20,000-pound capsule will be allowed to bob in the ocean for hours before it is recovered by the San Diego.

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