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Orion Spacecraft Takes Shape 2
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Orion Spacecraft Takes Shape 2

August 5, 2010
A weld technician looks on as the Universal Weld System completes the final friction stir weld on the Orion spacecraft. Nondestructive evaluations will validate the strength and integrity of the weld before the spacecraft is prepped for ground testing in flight-like environments, including static vibration, acoustics and water landing tests.