Train­ing ‘Guardian An­gels’

BBC Earth (Asia) - - Snapshot -

In this im­age, U.S. Air Force “Guardian An­gel” Parares­cue spe­cial­ists se­cure a cov­ered life raft, dur­ing an as­tro­naut res­cue train­ing ex­er­cise off of Florida’s eastern coast in April, 2018. The spe­cially de­signed 20-per­son life raft is equipped with enough food, wa­ter and med­i­cal sup­plies to sus­tain both res­cuers and crew for up to three days, if nec­es­sary.

Ted Mosteller, leader of NASA’s Com­mer­cial Crew Pro­gram Land­ing and Re­cov­ery Team, de­scribed the multi-agency op­er­a­tion as “like in­sur­ance. You have in­sur­ance on your car or house, but you hope you never have to use it.”

Res­cue and re­cov­ery in­volves metic­u­lous plan­ning and close co­or­di­na­tion be­tween NASA, the Depart­ment of De­fense, and com­pany re­cov­ery teams from NASA’s com­mer­cial part­ners, Boe­ing and SpaceX. Boe­ing’s Star­liner and SpaceX’s Crew Dragon space­craft are be­ing de­vel­oped and tested to fly as­tro­nauts to and from the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion, from U.S. soil. In the event of a va­ri­ety of contingency land­ings, an elite team is pre­pared to res­cue the crew any­where in the world.


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