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.