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Launch Abort System Installed and Preps for Shake Tests Being Made as Orion Gears Up for Historic December Launch

An artist’s rendering of December’s Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) test, which will take the Orion capsule 3,600 miles into space. Image Credit: NASA

As NASA gears up for its historic Dec. 4 Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) flight that will test the Orion space capsule’s systems, the agency announced it had installed the Orion spacecraft’s […]

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 […]

KSC's Iconic Vehicle Assembly Building Undergoing Renovations for Orion/SLS

From NASA: “A view looking down from one of the higher levels in the Vehicle Assembly Building, or VAB, reveals High Bay 3 at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Modifications are underway in the VAB to prepare High Bay 3 for a new platform system.” Photo Credit: NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis

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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 […]

Tennessee Tech Alum Brent Gaddes, Patrick Hull Awarded for Work on Flight Hardware for Orion's First Flight Test

Patrick Hull, left, and Brent Gaddes, right, receive special commendation awards for their work on critical flight hardware for the Orion spacecraft’s first mission later this fall. John Casper, center, Orion special assistant for program integration and a former astronaut, presented the awards at an Orion flight hardware celebration at the Marshall Center.Image credit: […]

NASA and Industry Teams Set for Orion Launch in 2014 and SLS First Flight in 2017

Flying in its ‘Block I’ configuration, with four Space Shuttle-era Main Engines, a pair of five-segment Solid Rocket Boosters and a Delta-derived interim Cryogenic Propulsion System (iCPS), the first flight of the Space Launch System (SLS) in December 2017 will despatch the first crew-capable vehicle to the Moon since the Apollo era. Image Credit: […]

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 […]