The first flight version of NASA’s Orion space vehicle is fully assembled and will be moved to its launch pad in Florida in coming weeks for an unmanned test launch Dec. 4.
NASA’s Orion spacecraft is well on its way to making this sort of space exploration beyond the Moon a reality. It is NASA’s first spacecraft designed to carry humans on missions of long duration in deep space exploration.
The stars are aligning for the December 4 debut mission of NASA’s Orion spacecraft, following the completion of the Flight Readiness Review (FRR) – albeit with three “actions” to satisfy ahead of flight. The vehicle also completed all assembly tasks and is almost ready to meet up with her Delta IV Heavy launch vehicle for the key test flight of NASA’s deep space exploration crew transport.
NASA’s Orion exploration capsule has completed final assembly and testing at NASA’s Launch Abort System Facility at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Successful testing of ATK’s launch abort motor igniter means we are one step closer to launching NASA’s Space Launch System in 2017. The igniter will undergo one more test as ATK prepares for the launch abort motor Critical Design Review next year. The ATK launch abort motor is part of the system that will carry the crew to safety if any anomalies occur during launch.
NASA is a step closer to launching astronauts from American soil again. The space agency announced Tuesday that Boeing and Space-x will ferry crew members to the International Space Station starting in 2017. Right now, the United States pays Russia $70 million per seat for the ride into orbit. The new agreement also helps NASA’s […]
NASA spacecraft designed to one day fly astronauts to Mars rolled out of its processing hangar at the U.S. space agency’s Kennedy Space Center.
ASA’s first completed Orion crew module sits atop its service module at the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Facility at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) has been assigned to manage the development of the agency’s new heavy-lift vehicle, the Space Launch System (SLS). A portion of this assignment requires MSFC to design and test a “sound suppression” system to mitigate acoustic damage to the vehicle, the launch facility, and the crew during launch.
The heat shield on NASA’s Orion spacecraft gets all the glory when it comes to protecting the spacecraft from the intense temperature of reentry. Although the blunt, ablative shield will see the highest temperatures – up to 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit on its first flight this December – the rest of the spacecraft is hardly left […]