Stock Picture of a X-38 Ship in Free Flight #7492

#7492 Stock Picture of a X-38 Ship in Free Flight by JVPD
Stock photo of a X-38, a research vehicle built to help develop technology for an emergency Crew Return Vehicle (CRV), descending under its steerable parachute during a July 1999 test flight at the Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California, July 1st 1999. It was the fourth free flight of the test vehicles in the X-38 program, and the second free flight test of Vehicle 132 or Ship 2. The goal of this flight was to release the vehicle from a higher altitude (31,500 feet) and to fly the vehicle longer (31 seconds) than any previous X-38 vehicle had yet flown. The project team also conducted aerodynamic verification maneuvers and checked improvements made to the drogue parachute. The X-38 Crew Return Vehicle (CRV) research project is designed to develop the technology for a prototype emergency crew return vehicle, or lifeboat, for the International Space Station. The project is also intended to develop a crew return vehicle design that could be modified for other uses, such as a joint U.S. and international human spacecraft that could be launched on the French Ariane-5 Booster. The X-38 project is using available technology and off-the- shelf equipment to significantly decrease development costs.

Photo Credit: NASA/Tony Landis [0003-0703-1500-0459] by 0003

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