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News Archive / Tagged: Orion

  • NASA conducts Orion water drop tests ahead of Artemis 2

    Matt HaskellApril 7th, 2021

    NASA made a considerable splash Tuesday afternoon by dropping its Orion crew module into a pool of water at its research facility in Langley, Virginia.

  • Orion is on the move, across the grounds of Kennedy Space Center

    Sean CostelloJanuary 16th, 2021

    Under blue Florida skies, NASA put in motion the next phase of preparations for the first Space Launch System (SLS) mission, Artemis I, with the moving of the Orion capsule from the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building to the Multi-Payload Processing Facility.

  • NASA announces “Artemis Team” of 18 astronauts

    Cullen DesforgesDecember 11th, 2020

    In a somewhat unannounced and surprising fashion, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence announced the 18 astronauts that will be focused on advancing the Artemis program, including those who will be first to fly aboard the Orion capsule as early as 2023.

  • First segment of Orion capsule delivered for assembly ahead of Artemis III mission

    Theresa CrossSeptember 10th, 2020

    Lockheed Martin takes delivery and begins production of the Artemis III Orion capsule, as the first parts of the pressure vessel are delivered to the Michoud Assembly Facility in Louisiana.

  • Northrop Grumman continues to advance NASA’s Artemis program

    Matt HaskellSeptember 3rd, 2020

    Aerospace giant Northrop Grumman continues to meet milestones in preparation for NASA’s Artemis program, as it completes a successful booster test fire for Artemis IV, and delivers the final abort motor for Artemis II

  • Orion spacecraft passes final milestone for first Artemis launch

    Cullen DesforgesSeptember 2nd, 2020

    On September 1, NASA announced that the flight-ready Orion Crew capsule had completed a significant milestone in preparation for its voyage on the first launch of the Artemis Program, Artemis 1.

  • Locked and Loaded: Artemis I’s muscle delivered to KSC

    SpaceFlight InsiderJune 16th, 2020

    NASA, still riding high on regaining the ability to launch astronauts to low-Earth-orbit is now preparing to turn the dial up to eleven. LEO is nice and all - but flying to the Moon is way better. The agency is pulling this pieces to achieve just that.

  • Artemis I Orion completes environmental testing at Plum Brook Station

    Michael ColeMarch 14th, 2020

    SANDUSKY, OHIO — NASA’s Orion spacecraft, due to fly the Artemis I lunar mission, has completed its final round of testing at NASA’s Plum Brook Station testing facility in Sandusky, Ohio.

  • Artemis I Orion spacecraft advancing through tests at Plum Brook Station

    Michael ColeJanuary 31st, 2020

    SANDUSKY, OHIO -- Testing is fully underway on the Orion spacecraft for the upcoming Artemis I test flight mission at NASA's Plum Brook Station testing facility in Sandusky, Ohio. The Orion crew capsule, integrated with its European Service Module, is currently inside the facility's Space Environments Complex undergoing thermal vacuum tests in the largest thermal vacuum chamber in the world.

  • Orion spacecraft progressing toward Artemis 1 flight

    Michael ColeJuly 4th, 2019

    PLUM BROOK, Ohio -- NASA is making important strides with the Orion spacecraft in preparation for the Artemis 1 mission, the next step in the agency's effort to return humans to the Moon.

  • Gallery: Ascent Abort 2 paves way for Artemis lunar program

    Jason RhianJuly 2nd, 2019

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- During a test that lasted about three-minutes, called Ascent Abort-2, a test article of the Orion spacecraft was launched at 7 a.m. EDT (11:00 GMT) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 46 in Florida. A modified Northrop Grumman Peacekeeper missile procured through the U.S. Air Force was used to help demonstrate that the capsule's crew abort system would perform as designed in the event of an emergency encountered on ascent.

  • Lockheed Martin unveils Orion-based Moon lander concept

    Heather SmithApril 11th, 2019

    Lockheed Martin unveiled designs for a lunar lander that could be built quickly to meet the vice president's challenge to return humans to the Moon by 2024.

  • NASA head answers agency questions about ‘Moon by 2024’ goal

    Derek RichardsonApril 2nd, 2019

    NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine told the agency what it'll take to accomplish the Trump administration's goal of returning humans to the Moon by 2024.

  • NASA studying option to fly Orion EM-1 on commercial rockets

    Derek RichardsonMarch 14th, 2019

    The head of NASA told senators the first SLS flight would again be delayed and the agency is “considering all options” to get the program back on track.

  • NASA makes strides to support a sustainable deep space exploration system

    Curt GodwinMarch 11th, 2019

    While recent interest has been aimed at the progress of the Commercial Crew Program, NASA is making steady headway with its deep space exploration programs.