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News Archive / Tagged: Orion

  • Orion parachutes complete series of tests in lead up to EM-1

    Jason RhianSeptember 13th, 2018

    The last in a series of eight planned tests of NASA's Orion spacecraft was completed on Wednesday, Sept. 12 - paving the way for the first combined flight of Orion and the new super heavy-lift booster.

  • What goes out, must come back: NASA moves Mobile Launcher to VAB for year of work leading to EM-1

    Curt GodwinSeptember 9th, 2018

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- After journeying out to Launch Pad 39B for several days of fit checks and tests, NASA has rolled the 11-million pound (4.99-million kilogram) Mobile Launcher (ML) back to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) for further work.

  • Mobile Launcher test drive inches SLS one step closer to Exploration Mission-1

    Curt GodwinSeptember 1st, 2018

    A Chinese proverb roughly states: "A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step." While this adage rings true for those undertaking Earthly ventures, it is also fitting for the launch of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS).

  • Capsule for first Orion spacecraft designed to carry crew built and delivered to KSC

    Jason RhianAugust 31st, 2018

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- NASA and Lockheed Martin are preparing for the first crewed flight of the agency's "exploration-class" spacecraft, Orion, on a mission that should see astronauts return to a trajectory their colleagues have not ventured to in more than 45 years. This latest milestone saw components that will comprise the spacecraft assembled and shipped to Kennedy Space Center.

  • Acoustic testing begins on AA-2 Orion capsule at NASA Plum Brook Station

    Michael ColeAugust 23rd, 2018

    SANDUSKY, OH -- The Orion crew capsule test article for the upcoming Abort Ascent-2 (AA-2) test has arrived at NASA's Plum Brook Station testing facility in Sandusky, Ohio. The test article is being readied - to be blasted with sound.

  • NASA performs another test of Orion’s parachute system

    Derek RichardsonJuly 21st, 2018

    Last week, NASA tested the parachute system for the space agency’s Orion spacecraft, which is being designed to send astronauts into deep space in the 2020s.

  • Lockheed Martin 3D prints fuel tank components

    Heather SmithJuly 13th, 2018

    Lockheed Martin has announced the creation of a 3-D printed titanium dome for satellite fuel tanks. The 46-inch diameter vessel completed final rounds of quality testing this month. The program was instituted to create a high-pressure tank that can carry fuel on board satellites and marks a significant step toward streamlining the deployment of spacecraft on orbit.

  • Block 1 SLS configuration may fly more than once

    Curt GodwinApril 30th, 2018

    During a hearing with the House Subcommittee on Space on March 7, 2018, NASA's then-acting administrator said that, should NASA have a second Mobile Launcher, the agency's Space Launch System may fly several times in the Block 1 form before the infrastructure is ready for the more-powerful Block 1B configuration.

  • 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.

  • SLS launch pad undergoes water tests in preparation for EM-1

    Jason RhianDecember 21st, 2017

    NASA conducted a wet flow test at Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39B on Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017. The test helped validate a system designed to protect NASA's new super-heavy-lift rocket, the Space Launch System. It also served to confirm it is ready to support the launch vehicle's first flight, Exploration Mission 1, currently slated to take place in 2019.

  • Insider Exclusive: America’s ‘Booster Belt’ Part Three (continued) – Marshall

    Jason RhianNovember 23rd, 2017

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- SpaceFlight Insider continued its tour of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center with a stop to speak with Heather Haney, NASA's SLS (Space Launch System) Stages Element Test Manager. She detailed the work being done to ready the massive new rocket's core stage ready for its inaugural flight.

  • Insider Exclusive: America’s ‘Booster Belt’ Part Three – Marshall

    Jason RhianNovember 22nd, 2017

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- Named after General of the Army George Marshall, Marshall Space Flight Center is where NASA develops its rocket propulsion and other space flight systems. Used during the heady days of Apollo to check out the powerful F-1 engines used on the Saturn V Moon rockets, the site was later utilized to start the Space Shuttles' 30 year legacy. We wondered though, would the folks who work for NASA be the same as those we had encountered earlier on our tour?

  • 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.

  • Mobile Launcher work moves forward with installation of umbilicals and arrival of crew access arm

    Curt GodwinNovember 6th, 2017

    Though the maiden launch of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) is still, at the earliest, more than two years away, work on the large rocket's Mobile Launcher (ML) moves forward in support of the first flight of the agency's next crew-rated launch vehicle.

  • 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.