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News Archive / Tagged: Exploration Mission 1

  • Orion spacecraft planned for lunar mission begins construction by Lockheed Martin

    Jason RhianFebruary 14th, 2018

    Lockheed Martin has begun producing the Orion spacecraft that is planned to send NASA astronauts on a journey around the Moon. NASA's Exploration Mission 2 (EM-2) which is currently slated for a 2022 launch date has seen the first two components of the craft's pressure vessel welded together.

  • First SLS hardware turned over to Ground Systems for EM-1 flight

    Bart LeahyNovember 22nd, 2017

    NASA reports that the rocket stage designated to accelerate the Orion spacecraft to the Moon in 2019 has been turned over to the Ground Systems Development and Operations (GSDO) team at Kennedy Space Center (KSC). The flight stage – called the Interim Cryogenic Propulsion Stage (ICPS) – is being processed for Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1), the first integrated flight of the Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion.

  • NASA Exploration Mission-1 managing current challenges, but launch could slip to 2020

    Bart LeahyNovember 9th, 2017

    On November 8, 2017, NASA released an update following a schedule review of Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1), the first uncrewed flight test of the Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion spacecraft to the Moon.

  • NASA conducts 5th test of RS-25 engine flight controller unit

    Heather SmithSeptember 1st, 2017

    The final test of the RS-25 engine for the new Space Launch System (SLS) took place on August 30, 2017, at Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. The 500-second hot-fire test is the fifth of the RS-25 engine flight controller unit on the A-1 test stand.

  • NASA: No crew to fly on EM-1

    Jason RhianMay 13th, 2017

    NASA acting administrator Robert Lightfoot and other NASA officials provided an overview of the feasibility study of having crew fly on the first flight of the agency's new super-heavy-lift rocket – the Space Launch System (SLS). Both the studies primary areas came up with one answer to the question of whether astronauts could be included on the mission: No.

  • ULA gives sneak peek at SLS’ second stage before it gets shipped to Florida

    Curt GodwinFebruary 20th, 2017

    DECATUR, Ala. — United Launch Alliance invited media to their rocket factory in northern Alabama to get a look at the Interim Cryogenic Propulsion Stage flight hardware for NASA's Space Launch System. SpaceFlight Insider was on hand at this event and had a chance to speak with industry insiders.

  • Orion update for January 2017

    Mackenzie KaneJanuary 18th, 2017

    Before the end of 2016, progress on NASA's Orion capsule for Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1) took some significant leaps forward. The coming year looks to be no different – with the crew-rated spacecraft being prepared for its first flight atop SLS.

  • Orion Mission Update for September 2016

    Mackenzie KaneOctober 1st, 2016

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — As NASA’s Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1) approaches, its science and technology are being tested and prepared across the country. EM-1 is set to launch the Orion capsule aboard the new Space Launch System (SLS) out past the Moon, crewless, for systems testing.

  • Installation of heat-shielding tiles marks new phase for Orion spacecraft

    Laurel KornfeldAugust 1st, 2016

    The bonding of heat-shielding, waterproof tiles on NASA's Orion spacecraft has begun, marking a key milestone and new phase in the development of the vehicle that will replace the Space Shuttle. Designed to protect the spacecraft from 5,000-degree-Fahrenheit (2,760-degree-Celsius) heat during re-entry, the tiles are being bonded to nine panels that cover the crew module, which will one day carry astronauts into deep space beyond low-Earth orbit.

  • NASA scores successful Orion solar array deployment test

    Michael ColeMarch 1st, 2016

    NASA took another important step in testing the Orion crewed spacecraft yesterday with the successful completion of a solar array deployment test inside the Space Power Facility (SPF) at NASA’s Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, Ohio.

  • ‘S’ in SLS could stand for ‘science’ for Exploration Mission 1

    Joe LatrellFebruary 4th, 2016

    One of the criticisms of NASA's SLS has been the lack of science missions planned for the heavy-lift launch vehicle. On Tuesday, NASA worked to address those concerns with the announcement of the Science and Technology missions that have been chosen for the first SLS flight – EM 1.

  • NASA’s ‘Super Guppy’ delivers EM-1 Orion to Kennedy Space Center

    Jason RhianFebruary 1st, 2016

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — One of NASA's more unique aircraft touched down at KSC's Shuttle Landing Facility in Florida. Safely cocooned within was the Orion spacecraft selected to carry out Exploration Mission 1 – the first integrated flight of Orion and the SLS rocket.

  • Ooh shiny! NASA’s Orion spacecraft gains new coating

    Jason RhianNovember 22nd, 2015

    Imagery of what spacecraft and boosters "will" look like frequently fail to accurately depict what the actual vehicles end up looking like. As engineers and scientists reviewed the requirements of NASA's new Orion spacecraft, they opted to make a change to the spacecraft tasked with carrying out the automated Exploration Mission 1 (EM-1).

  • Orion’s Critical Design Review an important milestone toward Exploration Mission-1

    Tomasz NowakowskiNovember 16th, 2015

    After the completion of Orion’s Critical Design Review (CDR) in October, the spacecraft is one important step closer toward the upcoming Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1), scheduled to take place in 2018. It means that Lockheed Martin, the prime contractor building Orion, can now focus on full-scale fabrication, assembly, integration and tests of the spacecraft.

  • Orion’s European Service Module arrives at NASA’s Glenn Research Center

    Michael ColeNovember 11th, 2015

    The Orion spacecraft's European-built Service Module arrived at NASA's Plum Brook Station testing facility in Sandusky, Ohio, today, where it will begin a long battery of tests in Plum Brook's giant Space Power Facility. The testing is in preparation for Orion's first unmanned test flight atop NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket.