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Orion's heat shield assembly completed, ROCKY exercise device is a real knockout, Orbital ATK lights up new ignitor, and more in Orion's July newsletter: http://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/orion_monthly_newsletter_7-2016.pdf
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.....that green painters tape should hold it on nice and tight!😂
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Orion is the world’s first interplanetary spacecraft designed for human exploration of our solar system will take astronauts farther and faster throughout our solar system. Building a reliable spacecraft to take astronauts to the far reaches of our solar system requires rigor, precision and diligence. Reliability and safety are paramount to ensure we get our astronauts safely to and from Mars as well as other deep-space destinations. The Orion team has beat the odds to resolve some of the most difficult technical challenges in NASA’s human spaceflight history. Orion’s Pad Abort-1 flight test in 2010 proved out the innovative launch abort system that will greatly improve crew safety on future human exploration missions. Exploration Flight Test-1 in 2014 successfully demonstrated Orion’s mission critical capabilities to mitigate risk and test run spacecraft operations that must be ready for crewed missions beyond the moon by 2021. Orion’s next flight – Exploration Mission-1 – will be the first space flight atop NASA’s new space launch system rocket that will propel the spacecraft to the far side of the moon for a three-week, uncrewed mission. This next giant leap will be Orion’s next big step on the #JourneyToMars.
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As the world’s first interplanetary spacecraft for human exploration of our solar system, our precious cargo IS the crew. That’s why NASA scientists and engineers are conducting significant research and development studies on how to safely sustain astronauts throughout the entirety of long-duration space missions that will span across many months and years. Orion’s Exploration Flight Test-1 brought back valuable radiation impact data that was collected as the spacecraft flew through the Van Allen Belts. This data will help us develop better shielding techniques to protect the crew and components inside the crew module during flight. For Exploration Mission-1, additional data will be collected that measures launch, spaceflight and reentry effects on the crew during cislunar missions so that we can further mitigate risks and refine systems to optimize crew safety and mission success for Orion’s first crewed mission atop the Space Launch System. And, after a safe return home, our astronauts will be able to share their experience of a lifetime to inspire many more space-faring generations to come. #JourneyToMars
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At Kennedy Space Center in Florida, technicians bond thermal protection system tiles to Orion's backshell panels.

While similar to those used on the space shuttle, Orion only requires about 1,300 tiles compared to more than 24,000 on the shuttle. The tiles, along with the spacecraft’s heat shield, will protect Orion from the 6,000 degree Fahrenheit heat of re-entry.

The Orion spacecraft will launch aboard NASA’s Space Launch System rocket on a test flight that will take it thousands of miles beyond the moon over the course of about a three-week mission.

Photo credit: NASA/Cory Huston
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Service Module engine tests, Comicpalooza, and more in our June newsletter: http://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/orion_monthly_newsletter_6-2016.pdf
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Orion performs under pressure, Service Module assembly at Airbus Defence and Space in Germany and more in our monthly newsletter: http://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/orion_monthly_newsletter_may_2016.pdf
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Astronauts check out Orion’s docking hatch at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. Astronauts will enter and exit Orion’s side hatch prior to launch and following landing. The docking hatch will allow astronauts to move between Orion and a habitation module on long-duration deep space missions. The crew will exit the docking hatch if wave heights are too high on splashdown. Astronauts work with Orion engineers to help ensure all elements of Orion’s design are safe and effective for the crew to use on future missions to deep space.
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Everyone wants a selfie with Orion! Astronaut Rick Mastracchio takes a break from helping us evaluate a new hatch design.
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From testing individual bracket strength to full-up space flight tests, the Orion team tests every component and subsystem of the spacecraft to ensure operational reliability, backup systems and crew safety are built into the spacecraft from the ground up. To date, hundreds of tests have been conducted across the program to verify and validate that Orion’s design, manufacturing and systems integration meet the rigorous requirements for safe human space exploration beginning with Orion’s first uncrewed flight scheduled to launch atop NASA’s powerful Space Launch System rocket in 2018. Orion engineers have subjected the spacecraft to deafening sound blasts, Earthquake-like vibrations and hurricane-force winds in prep for Orion’s next flight. Large structures such as Orion’s crew module and service module have been tested at Lockheed Martin’s Waterton Facility in Littleton, Colorado and NASA’s Glenn Research Center Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, Ohio. Various motor and engine tests have been conducted at Aerojet Rocketdyne’s facility in Sacramento, California, and Orbital ATK’s facilities in Promontory, Utah, and Elkton, Maryland. The massive parachute system has been test in various landing scenarios at the U.S. Army’s Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona and final assembly, integrating and pre-flight testing takes place at NASA Kennedy’s Space Center in Florida.
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Orion's ROCKY exercise device is a real knockout! http://www.nasa.gov/feature/exercise-device-for-orion-to-pack-powerful-punch
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+Mark Lawrence McRay It's about simulating weight lifting in a weightless environment, infinitely or at least in small steps adjustable and up to corresponding to a weight of 270 kg (also preferably not using spacecraft power).
That's why ARED uses vacuum and levers, not springs. And is big and massive.
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An Orbital Maneuvering System engine is being vibration tested at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, before shipment to the agency’s White Sands Test Facility in New Mexico, where it will be fired to qualify the engine for use on Orion’s service module. The vibration testing will help ensure the engine can withstand the loads induced by launch on the agency’s Space Launch System rocket. This summer, another Orbital Maneuvering System engine will be tested at Johnson before it is supplied to ESA (European Space Agency) to integrate into Orion's service module, which will power, propel and cool Orion in space, and also provide consumables like air and water for future crews.

ESA and its contractor Airbus Defence & Space are providing the service module for Exploration Mission-1, a 2018 mission of the Orion spacecraft and SLS rocket that will send the spacecraft about 40,000 miles beyond the moon. This Orbital Maneuvering System engine was used on the space shuttle to provide the thrust for orbital insertion, orbit circularization, orbit transfer, rendezvous, deorbit and abort situations and flew on 31 shuttle flights. The engine flying on Exploration Mission-1 flew on 19 space shuttle flights, beginning with STS-41G in October 1984 and ending with STS-112 in October 2002.
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Happy Independence Day from the Orion team!
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NASA's beyond earth orbit exploration vehicle
Introduction
The Orion spacecraft will serve as the exploration vehicle that will carry the crew to space, provide emergency abort capability, sustain the crew during the space travel, and provide safe re-entry from deep space return velocities.
  • Spacecraft to serve as the primary crew vehicle for missions beyond LEO
  • Capable of conducting regular in-space operations (rendezvous, docking, extravehicular activity) in conjunction with payloads delivered by the Space Launch System (SLS) for missions beyond LEO
  • Capability to be a backup system for International Space Station cargo and crew delivery