NASA Tests Deep Space Capsule for Launch and Landing
NASA is still busily at work on exciting, bold projects down the road. In conjunction with Lockheed Martin, they are conducting tests of the Orion-MPCV capsule on launch and landing sequences. The capsule is being re-designed to be used in long-distance human missions to asteroids or to mars from its original intended use as part of the Constellation program to return man to the moon in the 2020's (since discarded). After these tests, engineers can refine their models to get more accurate predictions of how the vehicle will handle in these types of scenarios.