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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...

2014-01-17 16:20:12

WASHINGTON, Jan. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Engineers and safety specialists from NASA and Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) gathered in Morro Bay, Calif., in late December to demonstrate how the company's Dragon spacecraft's parachute system would function in the event of an emergency on the launch pad or during ascent. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The test was part of an optional milestone under NASA's Commercial Crew Integrated...

2014-01-17 11:20:22

Engineers testing the parachute system for NASA's Orion spacecraft increased the complexity of their tests Thursday, Jan. 16, adding the jettison of hardware designed to keep the capsule safe during flight. The test was the first to give engineers in-air data on the performance of the system that jettisons Orion's forward bay cover. The cover is a shell that fits over Orion's crew module to protect the spacecraft during launch, orbital flight and re-entry into Earth's atmosphere. When...

Work On Orion Spacecraft Progresses As Engineers Pivot To 2014
2013-12-27 10:26:48

NASA Orion’s first mission, Exploration Flight Test-1, or EFT-1, is less than a year away now, and the team building the spacecraft is meeting milestones left and right as they prepare the vehicle for its debut. The Orion crew module that will fly 3,600 miles above Earth on the spacecraft’s first mission is continuing to come together inside the Operations and Checkout Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Since the heat shield that will protect it from temperatures...

2013-12-19 12:22:07

HOUSTON, Dec. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A test version of NASA's Orion spacecraft has been on a cross-country road trip for the past week, and it's taking a week-long rest stop in Tucson, Ariz. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Called the boilerplate test article, it is a structural mockup of the spacecraft NASA is building to take humans farther than they've ever been before that will be used in tests off the coast of San Diego in February. It...

Bezos Loses Wrangle Over Launch Pad
2013-12-13 13:07:07

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Government Accountability Office (GAO) announced on Friday that it had ruled against a challenge to NASA plans brought by Blue Origin, a private space exploration company owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. The company had filed a protest with the GAO over NASA’s process for awarding rights to use of an historic Kennedy Space Center launch pad – objecting to NASA administrator Charles Bolden’s comments that Blue Origin said...

Orion's LAS Tower Complete In Preparation For First Mission
2013-12-03 12:17:08

NASA NASA engineers and contractors have successfully completed the Orion Launch Abort System (LAS) tower, marking a milestone that puts NASA one step closer to sending Orion 3,600 miles into space on the uncrewed Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) mission, scheduled to launch in September 2014. Orion is America’s next generation spacecraft that will carry astronauts to destinations beyond low Earth orbit. The LAS is designed to protect astronauts if a problem arises during launch, by...

2013-11-07 20:20:08

Team Progressing Toward Exploration Flight Test-1 SUNNYVALE, Calif, Nov. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Testing at the Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] Sunnyvale facility in California using a series of precisely-timed, explosive charges and mechanisms, proved the Orion spacecraft can successfully jettison its protective fairing panels. PHOTOS: http://lockheedmartin.com/us/news/press-releases/2013/november/1101-ss-orion.html The Orion spacecraft has three fairings that protect the service...