Orion Spacecraft Takes Shape 8
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Orion Spacecraft Takes Shape 8

August 5, 2010
A weld technician monitors as the Universal Weld System completes the final friction stir weld on the Orion spacecraft. The vehicle is seen in the background, inverted in the tool for this weld. 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.

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