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The Genesis space capsule carrying solar wind particles will be plucked from nearly 1.5 kilometres above the Utah desert by stunt helicopter pilots who've replicated the retrieval, without fumbles, in nearly a dozen practice runs.
"The lead helicopter will deploy an eighteen-and-a-half foot long pole with what you could best describe as an oversized, Space-Age fishing hook on its end. When we make the approach we want the helicopter skids to be about eight feet above the top of the parafoil. If for some reason the capture is not successful, the second helicopter is 1,000 feet behind us and setting up for its approach. We estimate we will have five opportunities to achieve capture."
Originally posted by FredT
This is not all that new. Remeber they used to recover CORONA satelite by this method, but they used a C-124 Globemaster to do it.
Originally posted by rvfried
I believe there is a NASA probe going to send a sample back from the sun? I think its called Genesis....not the ST:II/ST:III movie .
Is the return vehicle going to use a similar tactic?