Orion Crew Vehicle

Airframe Structure for First Commercial Dream Chaser Spacecraft Unveiled

by Ken Kremer August 9, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter The orbital airframe structure for the first commercial Dream Chaser mini-shuttle that will launch to Earth orbit just over two years from now has been unveiled by Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and program partner Lockheed Martin. Sierra Nevada is moving forward […]

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Engineers Start Stacking Operations for Maiden Launch of NASA’s Orion Deep Space Test Capsule

by Ken Kremer June 10, 2014

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL- Engineers have begun stacking operations for NASA’s maiden Orion deep space test capsule at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) achieving a major milestone leading to its first blastoff from the Florida Space Coast less than six months from today. The excitement is mounting as final assembly of NASA’s Orion crew vehicle […]

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World’s Largest Heat Shield Attached to NASA’s Orion Crew Capsule for Crucial Fall 2014 Test Flight

by Ken Kremer May 31, 2014

In a key milestone, technicians at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida have attached the world’s largest heat shield to a pathfinding version of NASA’s Orion crew capsule edging ever closer to its inaugural unmanned test flight later this Fall on a crucial mission dubbed Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1). One of the primary goals […]

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NASA & US Navy Test Demonstrates Water Recovery of Orion Crew Capsule

by Ken Kremer August 16, 2013

NAVAL STATION NORFOLK,VA – When American astronauts again venture into deep space sometime in the next decade, their return trip to Mother Earth will end with the splashdown of their Orion capsule in the Pacific Ocean – much like the Apollo lunar landing crews of four decades ago. But before that can happen, Orion must […]

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New Look and New Animation for Orion’s 2017 Flight to the Moon and Back

by Ken Kremer January 17, 2013

The Orion spacecraft has gotten a new look for its first launch atop the inaugural flight of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) booster on the Exploration Mission-1 flight around the Moon in 2017 as seen in this new animation. The vehicles service module will be built by the European Space Agency (ESA), as a result […]

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