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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 [...]

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 [...]

SLS QM-1 Booster Readied for Tests by NASA, ATK

Photo Credit: ATK

A full-scale version of Alliant Techsystems’ (ATK) solid rocket booster that will be used on NASA’s new heavy-lift booster, the Space Launch System, or “SLS,” is being readied for testing. The center aft segment of ATK’s qualification motor-1 (QM-1) was sent to the site in the deserts of Utah on May [...]

NASA Conducts Failure Tests of Orion Parachutes

Image Credit: NASA

A test article of NASA’s Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle conducted tests to see how the spacecraft’s parachutes would handle failure scenarios. The tests were conducted in the deserts of Yuma, Ariz., Wednesday, May 2, 2013.

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