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Friday, 13 February 2009 13:49

In the Parachute Refurbishment Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, senior aero composite technicians pack a colorful main parachute for use on the Ares I-X rocket test flight. To understand the colossal size of the Ares chutes, imagine a cluster of three brightly-colored canopies that cover more than two acres and is from end-to-end, 325 feet long. Kevlar makes these new parachutes stronger and lighter than their nylon predecessors. Although the chute is bigger, it still fits into the same-sized container and weighs less. The Ares I-X launch is targeted for July 2009 from Kennedy�s Launch Pad 39B and will provide an early opportunity to test and prove hardware, facilities and ground operations associated with the Ares I rocket.

 

 

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