One way to recovery a space capsule returning to earth is to grapple it with a hook on a rope - in mid-air.
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Background: One way to recovery a space capsule returning to earth is to grapple it with a hook on a rope - in mid-air.
Over Hawaiian waters this month, USAF airplanes scoured the skies for a dummy capsule similar to that fired atop a Discoverer. The capsule plummeted from B-47 plane at 50,000 feet. Propped in the rear of search planes, airforcemen let fly rope and hook to snatch the parachuted capsule from its drop.
The Air Force work with the Navy to recover capsules. They report air and sea practice exercises reach a high degree of success.