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News Archive / Tagged: Exploration Mission 1

  • 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.

  • Mark Kirasich selected as Orion Program Manager

    Jose FloresOctober 14th, 2015

    Mark Kirasich has been appointed to be the new manager of NASA's Orion Program. Kirasich has served as the Deputy Orion Program manager since 2006. In this position, Kirasich will play a strong role in the development of the new spacecraft that is being produced to send astronauts beyond low-Earth orbit - to destinations far beyond our home world.

  • Full scale mockup of NASA’s Orion spacecraft completed in lead up to 2018 EM-1 mission

    Jason RhianMay 13th, 2015

    In Littleton, Colorado, Lockheed Martin has completed the construction of a full-scale mockup of NASA’s new crew-rated spacecraft, Orion. This Orion crew module and adapter full-scale mockup was transferred to the Orion Test Lab (OTL ) on May 13, 2015, so that it can be used to prepare Orion for its second flight into the black on Exploration […]

  • Insider Exclusive: First flight of SLS to prep for Moon / asteroid missions

    Jason RhianFebruary 6th, 2015

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla — Outside of the fact that NASA’s Exploration Mission 1 (EM-1 ) will be the first flight of NASA’s new super heavy-lift booster, the Space Launch System (SLS) and the second flight of the space agency’s Orion spacecraft – not much has been said about the 2018 mission. Until now that is. […]

  • NASA’s commercial partners make strides toward launching astronauts

    Collin SkocikMarch 2nd, 2014

    With escalating tensions in the Ukraine damaging U.S.-Russian relations and possibly jeopardizing American access to the International Space Station (ISS), recent accomplishments suggest NASA’s dependence on Soyuz-access to the ISS might be drawing to a close. NASA’s private partners under the space agency’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP) have made steady progress toward being able to send astronauts to […]

  • NASA’s Commercial Crew Program set to make large strides in 2014

    Jason RhianJanuary 16th, 2014

    NASA’s Commercial Crew Program is poised to make great strides in the coming year, ones which could serve to validate the two-pronged approach on which the space agency has been directed. NASA is to return to the business of sending crews to deep space missions to destinations such as an asteroid in the mid 2020s […]

  • Wind tunnel testing used to understand the unsteady side of aerodynamics

    NASANovember 6th, 2013

    Think about a time you’ve been a passenger in a car and stuck your hand out the window. As your speed increases, so do the vibrations in your hand. Trying to keep those fingers steady as the wind whips around them at 75 mph gets pretty tricky, right?