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[b]Video: Ares I-X On-board High Speed Main Parachute Footage[/b]
The view from an internal first stage high speed camera showing the three Ares I-X main recovery parachutes as they deployed and lowered the solid rocket booster to an ocean splashdown on October 28, 2009.
During the flight test, the first stage booster splashed down on less than three full open main parachutes.
The nose cap separation, pilot and drogue parachute deployment, forward skirt extension separation, and main parachute deployment events were all nominal.
One of the main parachutes experienced a failure in one of its suspension line load paths upon reaching the first reef stage inflation. This event created an overload condition in the adjacent suspension lines causing the canopy to deflate and become a streamer.
The remaining two main parachutes remained intact through the remainder of the first reef stage and through the second reef stage. A second main parachute was damaged and partially deflated upon reaching its full open reef position.
The booster was recovered but impacted the water at a higher velocity than predicted due to this loss of main parachute drag area. The recovered parachutes have been defouled and are being reconstructed to aid the investigation teams.
Additional information will be forthcoming as it is made available by the investigation teams.
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