Boeing and Bigelow Aerospace conducted a succession of tests in September 2011 which saw the Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 mock capsule diminished based on information from a specially calculated horizontal rig to test the capsule’s airbags.
These airbags are calculated to pillow the capsule’s diminish on landing and term in conjunction provided 3 primary parachutes such a are deployed before the airbags are inflated. These parachutes got included in the up to date test in that the capsule was down from an altitude of about 11,000 ft (3,353 m) to test these kinds of parachutes.
In the first and foremost fall test of the utterly combined automobile landing method the CST-100 test capsule was released on an Erickson Sky Crane helicopter in the skies above the Delmar Dry Lake Bed close to Alamo, Nevada.
The roughly 11,000 ft fall off was a little bit very brief of the 12,000 ft (3,658 m) altitude too the 3 chief parachutes are constructued to be deployed at, but the parachutes successfully fallen the capsule’s descent before six air bags got incremented resulting in a supple floor landing.
Parachute research and re-packing, a moment test dwindle implemented for later on this moment period to provide evidence the thorough parachute method performance plans to insert a drogue parachute utilization series on top of the chief parachute deployment.
An a good deal more line of landing air bag tests are scheduled for May, additonally an orbital maneuvering/attitude control engine hot fire test is slated for June.