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Orion EFT-1 Work Progressing Toward Dec. 4 Launch Attempt

Image Credit: AmericaSpace / Alan Walters / NASA / Kim Shiflett

NASA’s Orion spacecraft, the agency’s spacecraft of choice for deep space human exploration, is coming together nicely inside Kennedy Space Center’s historic Operations and Checkout Building in Florida, where the vehicle is currently being processed for its first spaceflight in less than six [...]

NASA Ramps Up Asteroid Initiative, Announces Studies

From NASA: “In this concept image, the Orion spacecraft docks with the robotic asteroid redirect vehicle.” Image Credit: NASA

A scenario hinted at in Hollywood movies is closer to happening in real life: NASA announced Thursday, June 19, that it selected 18 study proposals under a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) concerning a future possible [...]

PHOTOS: One-of-a-Kind Heat Shield Installed on NASA's Orion Spacecraft for December EFT-1 Flight

Lockheed Martin technicians and engineers attach the heat shield to the Orion crew module inside the Operations and Checkout Building high bay at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Technicians have installed more than 200 instrumentation sensors on the heat shield for Exploration Flight Test-1 to provide data about the heat shield’s ability to [...]

Orion Coming Together for EFT-1 Test Flight in December 2014

Launch Abort System (LAS) for Orion EFT-1 test flight on view inside the Launch Abort System Facility at KSC. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, FL — Piece by piece, fabrication of all the major hardware elements for NASA’s inaugural unmanned Orion test flight, dubbed EFT-1, are coming together at Cape Canaveral and the [...]

NASA Tests Orion Spacecraft Parachute Jettison Over Arizona

Last May, NASA conducted a somewhat similar test of Orion’s parachutes. This test also was a success. Photo Credit: NASA

Engineers testing the parachute system for NASA’s Orion spacecraft increased the complexity of their tests Thursday, Jan. 16, adding the jettison of hardware designed to keep the capsule safe during flight.

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Orion and Dragon Parachute Systems Undergo Flight Tests in Preparation for Crewed Missions

The SpaceX main parachutes control the descent of the Dragon test article (RIGHT) following a drop test over the Pacific Ocean, off the coast of Morro Bay, Calif. On the left, a test version of NASA’s Orion spacecraft touches down in the Arizona desert after its most complicated parachute test to date. Photos Credit: [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]