Orion Crew Vehicle

US Heavy Lift Mars Rocket Passes Key Review and NASA Sets 2018 Maiden Launch Date

by Ken Kremer August 28, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter After a thorough review of cost and engineering issues, NASA managers formally approved the development of the agency’s mammoth heavy lift rocket – the Space Launch System or SLS – which will be the world’s most powerful rocket ever built and […]

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Airframe Structure for First Commercial Dream Chaser Spacecraft Unveiled

by Ken Kremer August 9, 2014

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 with plans for Dream Chaser’s first launch and unmanned orbital test flight in November […]

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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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