Video of NASA's Orion Crew Module's Majestic Ejection System

We really love the mid-launch ejection system (0-600mph in 3.5 seconds!) in the Orion crew module, and found a full video of how it would, theoretically, work. Check it out to see some pretty, life-saving parachutes. [Technology Review via Dvice] » 7/16/09 11:00pm 7/16/09 11:00pm

NASA's New Ejector System Borrows Tech From Yesterday's Apollo Program

If something goes wrong with the upcoming space shuttle replacement program, and we hope it does not, this is what could save the astronauts' lives. As they hurdle hundreds of miles per hour into the heavens, and their ship begins to break apart, mission control will scream "ABORT!" (or perhaps something a bit more… » 11/23/08 3:00pm 11/23/08 3:00pm