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News Archive / Tagged: Orion

  • NASA’s Orion recovery team is certified for Artemis 1

    Theresa CrossNovember 10th, 2021

    NASA’s Landing and Recovery team recently completed its ninth recovery test at sea and is certified to recover the Orion spacecraft for the Artemis 1 mission next year.

  • NASA human Moon landing now no earlier than 2025

    Derek RichardsonNovember 9th, 2021

    In a media teleconference, NASA officials updated the agency’s projected timeline for the early phase of its Artemis program, which aims to return humans to the Moon.

  • Artemis 1 targeting a February 2022 launch

    Theresa CrossOctober 25th, 2021

    Now that NASA’s giant Space Launch System Moon rocket is fully assembled inside the Vehicle Assembly Building, its launch date is becoming more clear.

  • Orion spacecraft transported to VAB for the Artemis 1 mission

    Cullen DesforgesOctober 19th, 2021

    NASA completed a significant milestone in the completion of its giant Space Launch System rocket as the Orion capsule was transported to Vehicle Assembly Building in the overnight hours of Oct. 19.

  • Space Launch System stage adapter and ICPS upper stage stacked

    Michael McCabeJuly 9th, 2021

    NASA's Space Launch System, currently being assembled in the iconic Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center in Florida for the Artemis 1 mission later this year, recently received its Launch Vehicle Stage Adapter and upper stage.

  • Core stage for NASA’s Space Launch System mega rocket stacked

    Derek RichardsonJune 14th, 2021

    The core stage for NASA’s first Space Launch System rocket was placed between twin solid rocket boosters in preparation for the uncrewed Artemis 1 mission.

  • 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.