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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...

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...

NASA Says Recent Orion Crew Vehicle Test Fire Was 'Flawless'
2013-11-08 15:46:16

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA said its Orion multipurpose crew vehicle had a “flawless” test on Wednesday, taking the spacecraft one step closer to its first trip to space next year. During the test, three massive panels protecting a test version of Orion successfully fell away from the spacecraft. This system will help to protect Orion during its trip to space. The panels, or “fairings,” encase Orion’s service module and protect it from the...

Heat Dialed Down On ESA’s Billion-star Surveyor
2012-09-10 08:52:12

ESA´s Gaia mission to survey a billion stars has passed a grueling test to prove it can withstand the extreme temperatures it will experience in space when it is launched next year. After arrival at its working position some 1.5 million km from Earth, Gaia will operate at a temperature of —110°C, shielded from the heat of the Sun by a giant shade attached to the spacecraft to keep its instruments in permanent shadow. The focus of the most recent test was Gaia´s...

2008-09-27 08:00:00

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) [Xinhua: "4th-Ld: Chinese Taikonaut Debuts Spacewalk"] BEIJING, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) - Chinese taikonaut Zhai Zhigang slipped out of the orbital module of Shenzhou-7 Saturday afternoon, starting China's first spacewalk or extravehicular activity (EVA) in the outer space. Donning a 4-million-USdollar homemade Feitian space suit, Zhai waved to the camera mounted on the service module after pulling himself...

2006-10-11 09:25:00

"She is riding like a dream." So said mission commander Walter Schirra as Apollo 7 rocketed into history on Oct. 11, 1968. During the 10-day mission, Apollo 7's crew -- Commander Walter Schirra, Command Service Module Pilot Donn F. Eisele and Lunar Module Pilot R. Walter Cunningham--paved the way for the missions to follow. Once Apollo 7 cleared the pad, a three-shift mission control team-led by flight directors Glynn Lunney, Eugene Kranz and Gerald D. Griffin in Houston took over. A little...


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