U.S. Air Force assets train in astronaut recovery as NASA prepares to restore its capability to launch men into space

Astronaut recovery training in preparation for America's return to human spaceflight.

On Mar. 14, 2016 the U.S. Air Force Detachment 3 belonging to the 45th Space Wing and the 920th Rescue Wing held an astronaut recovery demonstration in the Banana River along the west side of Patrick Air Force Base, Florida. The simulation was aimed to reproduce a launch pad abort in which a spacecraft had to make an emergency escape from a failing rocket and splash down ...

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