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  • Orion update: Lighting the fire of awareness – Part 1

    Jason RhianAugust 21st, 2017

    Officials with NASA sat down with SpaceFlight Insider to discuss the current status of the Orion program, which evolved into discussions on how the space agency is working to spread the word about the new crew-rated capsule as well as the ties that the program has with past efforts—and more.

  • EFT-1 Orion heat shield and Marshall Space Flight Center building 4705

    Scott JohnsonMarch 25th, 2015

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — SpaceFlight Insider recently reported on the transport of the EFT-1 Orion heat shield to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) for additional inspection, analysis and testing. This past week we had the opportunity to be on-site, at MSFC Building 4705, to take a last look at the heat shield, prior to the […]

  • NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission gains steam – if not an overarching program

    Jason RhianDecember 21st, 2014

    In April of 2010, President Barack Obama announced that NASA would take a new direction, part of that new path would include a crewed mission to an asteroid. This past week, NASA announced that it has made progress toward what that mission would actually look like. NASA’s Associate Administrator Robert Lightfoot spoke with members of the […]

  • NASA releases video of Orion’s fiery reentry into Earth’s atmosphere

    Jason RhianDecember 20th, 2014

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fl — Upon completing its two-orbit voyage into space, NASA’s new crew-rated spacecraft, Orion, returned home at speeds reaching some 20,000 miles (32,187 kilometers) an hour. What would an astronaut see from his or her position seated within the capsule-shaped spacecraft? NASA placed a camera inside the Orion that carried out the Dec. 5 […]

  • NASA’s Orion spacecraft returns home after historic EFT-1 mission

    Jason RhianDecember 19th, 2014

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla — The Orion spacecraft that carried out the Exploration Flight Test 1 (EFT-1 ) has returned to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Orion actually arrived from its cross-country voyage on Dec. 18 after being trucked across the continental United States. On Dec. 5, Orion lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air […]

  • Tested, tempered, triumphant – Orion begins the long journey home

    Jason RhianDecember 12th, 2014

    NASA’s Orion spacecraft, fresh off the heels of its successful first flight on Dec. 5 – is on its way back to the space agency’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida. Engineers have already started to look at the capsule-shaped craft’s heat shield – and the precious information within its data recorders. Exploration Flight Test […]

  • Photo Feature: EFT-1 – The band gets back together

    Jason RhianDecember 8th, 2014

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla — It was likely the most important launch of the year and it marked the culmination of what the SpaceFlight Insider (SFI) team had been planning – since forming a year earlier. We realized even then – that we might be biting off more than we could chew – and that when […]

  • World reacts to Orion’s first test flight

    Tomasz NowakowskiDecember 6th, 2014

    The world was watching America’s first, crucial step on its journey to Mars as NASA’s Orion spacecraft flawlessly launched into space and completed its maiden flight on Dec. 5, 2014. The series of important tests conducted during the flight will provide critical data needed to send humans into space farther than ever, to asteroids and […]

  • Perfect: EFT-1 – from liftoff to splashdown

    Rae Botsford EndDecember 5th, 2014

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — After a disappointing first-day scrub, the long-awaited test flight of the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, Exploration Flight Test 1 (EFT-1), lifted off at the very opening of a two hour and thirty-nine minute launch window at 7:05 a.m. EST (1305 GMT) on Friday, Dec. 5. The launch marked the start of a perfectly-executed […]

  • EFT-1 launch scrubbed due to valve issue

    Rae Botsford EndDecember 4th, 2014

    The long-anticipated Exploration Flight Test 1 (EFT-1 ) for the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, which was slated to launch at 7:05 a.m. EST (1205 GMT) on Dec. 4, was scrubbed near the end of the launch window after several aborted attempts.

  • NASA hopes to have Orion back at KSC before Christmas

    Jason RhianDecember 2nd, 2014

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla — Officials working on NASA’s new crew rated spacecraft are hoping that, if everything goes according to plan come launch day, that the Orion spacecraft carrying out Exploration Flight Test 1 (EFT-1) – will be back “home” in time for Christmas. The space agency provided this date during a press conference held on […]

  • Where are the best places to watch ULA’s Delta IV power Orion to orbit?

    Jason RhianDecember 2nd, 2014

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — It takes a lot of planning and coordination to get the test article of a spacecraft into orbit. Even finding the right place to watch a launch from can be time-consuming and confusing. With available hotel rooms in the region sold out, the areas that make for the best viewing locations […]

  • Orion test flight a critical step on NASA’s journey to Mars

    Tomasz NowakowskiDecember 1st, 2014

    America embarks on what could be a long-lasting trip to Mars this Thursday, Dec. 4. Orion’s maiden flight, Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), is slated to test the spacecraft’s crucial systems in a critical first step on the journey to destinations beyond Earth never before visited by humans. “Everyone is very excited about this mission,” Stephanie Schierholz, NASA spokesperson […]

  • Orion, EFT-1 and the future of U.S. human spaceflight

    Jason RhianDecember 1st, 2014

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla – In 2011, NASA retired its fleet of space shuttle orbiters. The spacecraft that had ferried crews into the black for three decades – were now relegated to monuments in museums and tourist destinations. The space agency then focused its crewed space exploration efforts on its new vessel – Orion. Why […]

  • KSC’s Countdown Clock: A new look – for a new era – UPDATE

    Jason RhianNovember 28th, 2014

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla — Well in advanced of the Dec. 4 first flight of NASA’s new Orion spacecraft, the space agency has installed its brand new Countdown Clock. The new timepiece is less “clock” and more flat screen TV and made its appearance the week prior to the launch of Orion on Exploration Flight […]