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News Archive / Tagged: Orion

  • 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.

  • Insider Exclusive: BFF’s long history continues with work on EM-1

    Jason RhianDecember 28th, 2016

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — These days, when most people hear the acronym BFF, they think "Best Friends Forever", but the words "Booster Fabrication Facility" likely do not top that list. When it comes to NASA's 2018 Exploration Mission 1, perhaps it should.

  • Orion service module engine shipped to Europe

    Bart LeahyDecember 17th, 2016

    NASA has shipped the Orion spacecraft’s main engine to Europe to be integrated with the European Space Agency’s Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV), which serves as the backbone of Orion’s Service Module.

  • Insider Exclusive: Jacobs’ TPSF enabling Kennedy to become multi-user spaceport

    Jason RhianNovember 28th, 2016

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — The TPSF is one of the many centers that has had to redefine itself in the post-shuttle era. As NASA works to repurpose KSC, to convert it into a multi-user spaceport, the buildings' unique capabilities are continuing to serve the agency as it eyes sending crews to asteroids, Mars, and other potential deep space destinations.

  • Orion mission update for October 2016

    Mackenzie KaneNovember 4th, 2016

    The idea of a humans setting foot on Mars within the next 15 years has never seemed more possible. Elon Musk and SpaceX have revealed their plan to make humans a "multiplanetary species" by the 2020s. This set the stage for scientists and engineers to continue to develop the technologies needed to get to the Red Planet. The Orion spacecraft is one of them.

  • Orion service module passes major shake test at NASA’s Plum Brook Station

    Michael ColeOctober 9th, 2016

    SANDUSKY, Ohio — Testing on the European-built Orion service module is continuing at NASA's Plum Brook Station facility in Sandusky, Ohio. The service module test article, provided by the European Space Agency (ESA) and built by Airbus Defence and Space, arrived at Plum Brook Station late last fall and began its battery of tests in the spring.

  • NASA completes ‘summer of testing’ for SLS and Orion

    Bart LeahyOctober 6th, 2016

    NASA and its contractor team have completed what they call their “summer of testing” for the Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion spacecraft. NASA is pressing on toward a first uncrewed flight for SLS/Orion—Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1)—beyond the Moon in 2018.

  • 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.

  • Orion heat shield arrives at Kennedy Space Center

    Scott JohnsonSeptember 22nd, 2016

    The titanium truss structure component (along with its composite "skin") of the Exploration Mission (EM) -1 Orion crew capsule heat shield has arrived at Florida's Kennedy Space Center. With this new portion of hardware in place, NASA is one step closer to conducting the maiden flight of the SLS rocket.

  • NASA provides update on Asteroid Redirect Mission

    Curt GodwinSeptember 19th, 2016

    NASA discussed the status of the space agency's Asteroid Redirect Mission recently. Interesting facts came out during a panel discussion held which included NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and others.

  • Aerojet Rocketdyne tests Orion abort system jettison motor

    Curt GodwinSeptember 2nd, 2016

    On Wednesday, Aug. 31, Aerojet Rocketdyne successfully conducted a full-duration test of the solid-fueled rocket motor designed to jettison the launch abort system and separate it from the Orion spacecraft.

  • NASA Glenn to oversee construction of Universal Stage Adapter for SLS

    Michael ColeAugust 28th, 2016

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — Officials at NASA's Glenn Research Center announced last week their plan to oversee the construction of the Universal Stage Adapter (USA), an important component of the Space Launch System (SLS). The USA's primary function will be to connect the Orion crewed spacecraft to the SLS launch vehicle.

  • NASA conducts ninth Orion drop test at Langley

    Jason RhianAugust 26th, 2016

    HAMPTON, Va. — NASA conducted the ninth drop test of the space agency's Orion spacecraft at Langley Research Center on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. The test began at 3:30 p.m. EDT (07:30 GMT) with the mockup of the spacecraft being dropped into about 20 feet of water at the Center's Landing and Impact Research Facility.

  • NASA discusses SLS and Orion progress at ‘Day of Mars’ event

    Curt GodwinAugust 22nd, 2016

    NEW ORLEANS — Before wowing onlookers with the sights and sounds related to testing an RS-25 engine, NASA sought to educate members of traditional and social media outlets about agency and industry efforts related to the Journey to Mars.

  • 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.