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Heat Shield for Orion EFT-1 Spacecraft Arrives at Kennedy for Installation

The heat shield for NASA’s Orion EFT-1 spacecraft being unloaded off the agency’s Super Guppy heavy transport aircraft at Kennedy Space Center last Wednesday. Photo Credit: AmericaSpace / Shawn Jakway

For nearly 18 months work has continued on NASA’s Orion spacecraft at Kennedy Space Center, where the capsule is currently being constructed for its [...]

NASA F/A-18 Hornets Conduct Vital Testing for SLS Flight Control System

An F/A-18 research jet simulated various flight conditions NASA’s Space Launch System may experience as it makes its way from the launch pad to space.Image Credit: NASA/Dryden

For some time now work has been under way to develop NASA’s replacement launch vehicle for the agency’s retired space shuttle fleet, the Space Launch System (SLS [...]

NASA's Orion Sees Flawless Fairing Separation in Second Test

The three panel or fairings encapsulating a stand-in for Orion’s service module successfully detach during a test Nov. 6, 2013 at Lockheed Martin’s facility in Sunnyvale, Calif. Image Credit: Lockheed Martin

The three massive panels protecting a test version of NASA’s Orion multipurpose crew vehicle successfully fell away from the spacecraft Wednesday in a [...]

Astronauts Practice Launching in NASA's New Orion Spacecraft

Astronauts Rick Linnehan and Mike Foreman try out a prototype display and control system inside an Orion spacecraft mockup at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston during the first ascent and abort simulations for the program.Photo Credit: NASA

For the first time, NASA astronauts are practicing a launch into space aboard the agency’s [...]

Partnerships Make Missions Possible

A team of technicians at Textron Defense Systems apply Avcoat ablative material to the composite honeycomb structure attached to the Orion heat shield carrier structure. The ablative material is designed to protect the spacecraft from extreme temperatures during re-entry.Image Credit: NASA

A relationship that began more than 50 years ago between NASA and Textron [...]

New Images and Animation Released of Future Asteroid Mission

NASA’s Orion spacecraft approaching the robotic asteroid capture vehicle. Image Credit: NASA

NASA’s Asteroid Initiative is a potential flagship mission, which could begin as early as 2015, to capture and investigate a near-Earth asteroid (NEA) and explore it with both unmanned and crewed spacecraft. On Thursday, Aug. 22, the agency released concept artwork and [...]

Reviews and Hardware Signal Progress for NASA's Space Launch System

NASA has completed a design review and has also constructed a key element of the rocket’s design. In short, this week has seen significant progress in the development of the space agency’s new heavy-lift booster. Photo Credit: NASA

NASA announced Wednesday, July 31 that the space agency had concluded the preliminary design review for [...]

NASA Finishes First Internal Review of Asteroid Redirect Concepts

One possible scenario for a future asteroid retrieval mission is pictured here. NASA completed an internal review of asteroid redirect mission concepts this week. Photo Credit: NASA.

NASA announced it has completed the first step toward a future mission in which a near-Earth asteroid may be captured and brought into a stable lunar orbit, [...]

Orion Parachute Failure Test Validates Design's Abilities

NASA tested the Orion spacecraft’s parachute design again today in Yuma, Arizona. Today’s failure test saw one of the parachutes forced to fail on purpose to see if the remaining two could successfully lower the spacecraft safely to the ground. Photo Credit: NASA

NASA conducted a failure test of the Orion spacecraft’s parachute design [...]

Orion Fairing Test Encounters Problem

The Orion service module fairing panels fall into the Fairing Catch Systems after being jettisoned via Separation Strut/Ordnance actuations. Photo Credit: NASA

At first blush, the fairing of the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV) might not seem to be a vital piece of equipment; however, it is crucial. NASA is currently testing the fairing [...]