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Parachutes For NASA's Orion Spacecraft Passed Most Difficult Test
2014-06-25 03:21:47

NASA NASA completed the most complex and flight-like test of the parachute system for the agency's Orion spacecraft on Wednesday. A test version of Orion touched down safely in the Arizona desert after being pulled out of a C-17 aircraft, 35,000 feet above the U.S. Army's Yuma Proving Ground. It was the first time some parachutes in the system had been tested at such a high altitude. Engineers also put additional stresses on the parachutes by allowing the test version of Orion to free...

Orion launch abort system
2014-06-19 08:05:24

NASA All the superlatives associated with Orion's first mission this year – farthest a spacecraft for humans has gone in 40 years, largest heat shield, safest vehicle ever built – can be dazzling, no doubt. But the reason engineers are chomping at the bit for Orion's first mission is the promise of crucial flight test data that can be applied to the design for future missions.  Orion only has two flight test opportunities before astronauts climb aboard for the first crewed mission in...

Orion crew module
2014-06-12 03:00:51

NASA With just six months until its first trip to space, NASA’s Orion spacecraft continues taking shape at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Engineers began stacking the crew module on top of the completed service module Monday, the first step in moving the three primary Orion elements –crew module, service module and launch abort system – into the correct configuration for launch. "Now that we're getting so close to launch, the spacecraft completion work is visible...

2014-06-10 16:21:30

Team Progressing Toward Exploration Flight Test-1 DENVER, June 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Following the completion of the heat shield installation, Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has stacked the Orion crew module atop of the service module. The stacking took place inside the Final Assembly and System Test (FAST) cell inside the Operations and Checkout facility at Kennedy Space Center. As part of the process to prepare for the crew and service modules to stack together, ballast weights were added...

2014-05-21 12:21:08

Team Progressing Toward Exploration Flight Test-1 DENVER, May 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] and NASA engineers have started the process of installing the largest heat shield ever built onto the Orion spacecraft's crew module. The heat shield installation marks one of the final steps in the spacecraft's assembly leading up to its first test flight, Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), later this year. EFT-1 will provide engineers data about the heat shield's ability to...

2014-04-29 16:21:51

Team Progressing Toward Exploration Flight Test-1 DENVER, April 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] and NASA engineers have verified that the Orion spacecraft successfully passed an important environmental test called Multi-Point Random Vibration Testing. This test shakes the spacecraft's crew module to simulate the vibration it will experience during launch and ascent. Monitoring the spacecraft's performance through environmental testing helps to ensure that Orion...

Orion’s Parachute Performance Tested Over Arizona
2014-04-25 03:04:32

[ Watch The Video: NASA Drops Orion From C-17, Tests Parachute Performance ] NASA The team designing the parachute system for NASA’s Orion spacecraft has demonstrated almost every parachute failure they could imagine. But on April 23, they tested how the system would perform if the failure wasn’t in the parachutes. Orion is the safest spacecraft ever built to carry humans, and its Launch Abort System can take a good deal of the credit for that distinction. In an emergency on the...

2014-04-07 12:22:15

Team Progressing Toward Exploration Flight Test-1 DENVER, April 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Testing of the Orion spacecraft's avionics system has concluded at the Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] Operations & Checkout facility at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. After powering on and sending commands to more than 20 different critical systems installed on the spacecraft's crew module, NASA and Lockheed Martin engineers have verified the avionics for Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) are...

2014-03-31 16:21:10

WASHINGTON, March 31, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's commercial space partners continue to meet milestones under agreements with the agency's Commercial Crew Program (CCP), as they move forward in their development of spacecraft and rockets that will transport humans to destinations in low-Earth orbit. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The achievements in February are the latest development in a cycle that is seeing all four industry partners meet their...

Orion Service Module
2014-01-23 09:50:15

NASA NASA has announced that the second of three major parts of the Orion Service Module that will launch into orbit on the spacecraft's first mission this fall is complete. Work has been progressing steadily on all three main parts of Orion – the service module, the crew module and the launch abort system – and this month the service module joined the launch abort system in crossing the finish line. Orion’s service module sits below the crew module and above the rocket that...


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