Down the hatch

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. – Pararescuemen from the Air Force Reserve’s 920th Rescue Wing test the hatch mechanism during recovery testing on a mockup of the Orion crew exploration vehicle at the Trident Basin at Port Canaveral, Fla., Mar. 8. The team also tested an inflatable flotation collar (the blue and yellow ring seen around the base of the capsule), which is designed both to stabilize the capsule after water landing and provide a platform for recovery personnel to stand on during the operation. Orion is targeted to begin carrying humans to the International Space Station in 2015 and to the moon by 2020. Orion is part of the NASA’s Constellation Program. Reservists from the 920th provide contingency medical and recovery support for all NASA shuttle launches. The unit’s primary mission is combat search and rescue. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Paul Flipse)

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