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.