Through a Glass, Darkly: Reflections on EFT-1 and Shadows of Apollo (Part 2)

Impressive view of the Kennedy Space Center’s (KSC) new countdown clock. At some point in the next decade, this device will begin counting down to America’s next human adventure in space. Photo Credit: Dave Parrish Photography/AmericaSpace, with additional thanks to Leonidas Papadopoulos

Two days ago, NASA’s Orion spacecraft triumphantly sailed through its maiden shakedown […]

Delta IV Heavy Successfully Delivers EFT-1 Orion on High-Apogee Maiden Voyage

Haunting view of the trio of RS-68 plumes punctuating the dawn sky of Cape Canaveral, heralding the dawn of a new era. Photo Credit: Mike Killian/AmericaSpace

After an agonizing 24-hour delay, the ground shook at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station today, with the rousing liftoff, just minutes after sunrise, of United Launch Alliance’s (ULA) […]

The Future Starts Now? At T-1 Day and Counting, Orion Stands Ready for Thursday Launch

The EFT-1 Orion spacecraft, encapsulated within its payload shroud and topped by the Launch Abort System (LAS), is lowered into position atop the Delta IV Heavy. Photo Credit: NASA

Despite the increasingly gloomy prospect of mostly cloudy skies over Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, with only a 60 percent probability of acceptable weather conditions, […]

A New Dawn: The Troubled History and Future Promise of NASA's Orion Program (Part 4)

The Orion spacecraft and its Launch Abort System (LAS) for the Exploration pause briefly outside the historic Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB), during their journey to Space Launch Complex (SLC)-37B. Photo Credit: Talia Landman/AmericaSpace

After more than a decade of planning, preparation, frustration and cancellation, in just 11 days’ time the first human-capable vehicle for […]

A New Dawn: The Troubled History and Future Promise of NASA's Orion Program (Part 3)

The “business end” of the three Common Booster Cores (CBCs) for the Delta IV Heavy are readied for America’s next step towards deep space. Photo Credit: Mike Killian/AmericaSpace

Twelve days now remain before the long-awaited launch of Orion—the first human-capable vehicle for Beyond Earth Orbit (BEO) exploration in more than four decades—on its inaugural […]

PHOTOS: Orion Arrives at Launch Pad for Sunrise Blastoff on Highly Anticipated EFT-1 Mission

NASA’s Orion deep space crew capsule arrived at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Launch Complex-37 shortly after 3 a.m. EDT Wednesday morning, Nov. 12, 2014. America’s largest rocket, the ULA Delta-IV Heavy, is scheduled to launch Orion on the EFT-1 mission at sunrise Dec. 4, 2014, ushering in NASA’s first spaceflight on the path […]

EFT-1 Orion Assembly and Testing Complete, Roll Out to Launch Complex-37 GO for Monday Night

NASA’s Orion spacecraft is seen here, complete, inside the Launch Abort System Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Fla., on Oct. 30, 2014. The spacecraft is scheduled to roll out to nearby Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station to meet its rocket for a scheduled Dec. 4 launch on […]

ATK Successfully Fires Up Orion's Launch Abort Motor Igniter in Latest Test

NASA and ATK successfully completed a static test of the launch abort motor igniter for the Orion crew capsule’s Launch Abort System (LAS) on Sept. 30, 2014. Photo Credit: ATK

This week ATK successfully completed a static test firing of the launch abort motor igniter for the Launch Abort System (LAS) of NASA’s Orion deep […]

America's Most Powerful Rocket Arrives at Launch Pad for Orion's December Flight Test

The United Launch Alliance Delta-IV Heavy tasked with launching NASA’s Orion on the EFT-1 mission being hoisted vertical atop Space Launch Complex-37B this morning at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida this morning (Oct. 1, 2014). Photo Credit: Alan Walters / AmericaSpace

The Florida rainy season is in full swing, and after two […]

Orion's Protective Shell of 970 Space Shuttle Thermal Tiles Installed for EFT-1 Mission

Inside the Operations and Checkout Building high bay at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, technicians dressed in clean-room suits install a back shell tile panel onto the Orion crew module. Photo Credit: NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis

Things are moving forward nicely at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Operations and Checkout Building in Florida, where technicians with […]