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2008-11-21 08:02:51

Flames shot more than 100 feet high in a successful 5.5-second ground test firing Thursday, Nov. 20, of a launch abort motor for NASA's next generation spacecraft, the Orion crew exploration vehicle. NASA and the Orion industry team conducted the firing at the Alliant Techsystems, or ATK, facility in Promontory, Utah. The abort motor will provide a half-million pounds of thrust to lift the crew module off the Ares I rocket, pulling the crew away safely in the event of an emergency on the...

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2008-11-10 16:13:09

NASA and ATK will conduct the first full-scale test fire of the motor for a new launch abort system at 1 p.m. MST, Nov. 20, at the ATK Launch Systems facility in Promontory, Utah. The launch abort system will increase crew safety for NASA's Constellation Program, which is building the next-generation spacecraft to carry astronauts to the International Space Station by 2015 and the moon by 2020. Reporters who are U.S. citizens will be able to observe the test. Media passes are required....

2008-08-15 18:00:10

WASHINGTON, Aug. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has concluded that corrective action is appropriate in the Government Accountability Office bid protest of Exploration Systems & Technology, Inc. NASA determined that a compliance issue requires the termination of the contract for the Constellation Space Suit System with Oceaneering International, Inc. of Houston for the convenience of the government. NASA anticipates that corrective action will involve reconsideration of its...

2008-07-28 15:00:18

DENVER, July 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin, the Space Foundation and SpaceClass announced today the launch of a strategic online education collaboration called Orion's Path. The interactive virtual classroom project will form a link between teachers, students and NASA's human space exploration program known as Constellation. Orion is the crew exploration vehicle being designed and built by NASA and its prime contractor Lockheed Martin. The spacecraft will be the flagship of NASA's...

2008-06-16 18:00:00

NASA and Alliant Techsystems, or ATK, reached another milestone Friday with the successful test firing of a critical safety component for the Orion crew exploration vehicle, NASA's next generation of spaceships. A 36- inch-long igniter for the abort motor of Orion's launch abort system was fired at ATK's facility in Promontory, Utah. Orion is part of the Constellation Program of spacecraft and systems NASA is building to carry astronauts to the International Space Station and conduct...

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2008-06-13 07:52:20

NASA has awarded a contract to Oceaneering International Inc. of Houston, for the design, development and production of a new spacesuit system. The spacesuit will protect astronauts during Constellation Program voyages to the International Space Station and, by 2020, the surface of the moon. The subcontractors to Oceaneering are Air-Lock Inc. of Milford, Conn., David Clark Co. of Worcester, Mass., Cimarron Software Services Inc. of Houston, Harris Corporation of Palm Bay, Fla., Honeywell...

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2008-04-04 10:40:00

Uncertain planning and lack of adequate funding may keep an ambitious vision of taking people to the moon and Mars from ever seeing the light of day, according to experts. The Constellation Program, NASA's eventual replacement for the space shuttle, is in jeopardy, a congressional report says. The program is scheduled to begin by 2015, but the U.S. Government Accountability Office reports it has been hampered by engineering, funding and mechanical issues. One instance being, the program was...

2008-02-28 13:00:00

WASHINGTON "” Several thousand NASA contractors in Florida and Louisiana could be out of work once the space shuttle flies its last mission in 2010, the head of the U.S. space agency told a Senate panel Feb. 27. NASA Administrator Mike Griffin said Florida's Kennedy Space Center stands to lose "several thousand" contractor jobs following the space shuttle's retirement from service. While some of those jobs will return as NASA begins flying the space shuttle's successor "” the...

2008-02-04 09:00:00

NASA took a step toward sending a new generation of explorers to the moon with the groundbreaking for a new test launch pad at White Sands Missile Range Nov. 14. NASA and a handful of community representatives broke ground at the Launch Complex-32 site, where the Orion Abort Flight Test Launch Complex will be built. The pad will be the site of a series of tests of the launch abort system that will help ensure the safety of astronauts aboard the Orion spacecraft, NASA's crew exploration...

2008-01-08 15:00:11

HOUSTON, Jan. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin has signed a memorandum of understanding with United Space Alliance to support Lockheed Martin's pursuit of the Facilities Development and Operations Contract (FDOC) at NASA's Johnson Space Center. Both companies are currently executing contracts at the center which will become part of the FDOC program. Lockheed Martin is the current contractor for the Mission Support Operations Contract and United Space Alliance is the contractor for the...


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2009-07-06 14:36:56

Orion is a spacecraft design that is being developed by the United States space agency NASA. When completed, each Orion spacecraft will carry a crew of up to six astronauts. Along with Orion, the Ares I launch vehicle is also being developed. Orion and Ares I are both part of NASA's Project Constellation. The project should be complete in 2010, when NASA wants to start planning on sending human explorers back to the Moon, and eventually Mars and other celestial bodies in the Solar System....

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