Just as in the biblical account of the prophet Jonah in the belly of the “Great Fish”, I witnessed today in the Yuma, AZ desert, Orion in the belly of a C-17 military aircraft, poised for a test of its parachutes at 35,000 feet. Watch for more details this week.
Jonah, fled from God when asked to preach God’s message to His people, ultimately boarded a ship on which he falls overboard during a storm and is swallowed by a great fish and lived there in the belly of the beast for three days. After the three days he was cast ashore and then began to preach God’s message to the people. Similarly, Orion, after being in the C-17’s belly and dropped from 35,000 feet, will take one step closer to sending a message to the universe that man has freed himself from the shackles of Earth’s gravity and will soon be ready to journey out beyond the Moon, through the Van Allen Belt of radiation to Mars and beyond in the “hunt” (Orion is the “hunter”) for what is “out there”.
Stay tuned on Planet Analog and EDN for more details of this test high above the Arizona desert with a revelation of the electronics and pyrotechnics on the 20,000 pound Orion Deep Space Capsule and witnessing its ultimate landing on the desert floor at 20 mph.