Orion Crew Vehicle

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

by Ken Kremer August 16, 2013

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter 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 […]

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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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Video: Drop Test for Orion Crew Capsule’s New Parachutes

by Nancy Atkinson April 10, 2012

NASA successfully conducted a drop test of the Orion crew vehicle’s entry, descent and landing parachutes in preparation for the vehicle’s first orbital flight test, currently scheduled for 2014. Orion is the crew vehicle that NASA is building to bring astronauts to new destinations in space. It will be launched on the new rocket being […]

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Orion Crew Capsule Targeted for 2014 Leap to High Orbit

by Ken Kremer March 21, 2012

NASA is on course to make the highest leap in human spaceflight in nearly 4 decades when an unmanned Orion crew capsule blasts off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on a high stakes, high altitude test flight in early 2014. A new narrated animation (see below) released by NASA depicts the planned 2014 launch of the […]

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Construction Begins on the 1st Space-Bound Orion Crew Module

by Ken Kremer September 16, 2011

Production of NASA’s first space-bound Orion crew module has at last begun at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) in New Orleans – that’s the same facility that for more than three decades was responsible for manufacturing the huge orange colored External Tanks for the just retired Space Shuttle Program. The first weld of structural elements […]

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