Orion

THIRD EUROPEAN SERVICE MODULE FOR ORION TO FERRY ASTRONAUTS ON MOON LANDING

With NASA’s announcement to bring humans back to the surface of the moon before the end of 2024, ESA is preparing to deliver a third European Service Module (ESM) for the Orion spacecraft. An agreement between NASA and ESA gives the go-ahead to start building the ESM, which provides air, water, electricity, propulsion, temperature control […]

ORION’S EUROPEAN SERVICE MODULE 2 ASSEMBLY

The European Service Module-2 (ESM-2) is currently undergoing assembly at Airbus in Bremen, Germany. ESM-2 is the engine of the Orion spacecraft that will carry its first crew into space. The mission is called Artemis 2 and is targeted to launch in 2022. Every wire seen in this structure must be correctly connected and configured […]

NASA AND LOCKHEED MARTIN SUCCESSFULLY DEMONSTRATE ORION LAUNCH ABORT SYSTEM IN FLIGHT

JThe critical launch abort system for NASA’s Orion spacecraft was put to its hardest test this week and demonstrated its capability to pull the crew module and future astronauts to safety during a launch if there is an emergency. The Ascent Abort-2 flight test is a major test milestone that is enabling the safe passage […]

ORION LAUNCH ABORT SYSTEM DESIGNED TO PULL ITS WEIGHT FOR MOON MISSIONS

JAstronauts inside NASA’s Orion spacecraft will soar toward the Moon atop the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket as part of the agency’s Artemis program to establish a permanent presence at the Moon and learn the skills needed to send humans to Mars. Crew members will journey aboard Orion with the confidence knowing the spacecraft is […]

LOCKHEED MARTIN CONDUCTS ORION FORWARD BAY COVER JETTISON TEST

Lockheed Martin recently tested a critical event on NASA’s Orion spaceship – the jettison of the forward bay cover on the program’s structural test article. As an Orion spaceship returns to Earth, it will travel through the atmosphere at about 24,700 mph. A series of parachutes will deploy to stabilize and slow the crew module […]

NASA ACCELERATES PACE OF CORE STAGE PRODUCTION WITH NEW TOOL

The boat-tail structure, a fairing-like cover designed to protect the bottom end of the core stage and the RS-25 engines, has been joined to one of the most complicated and intricate parts of NASA’s Space Launch System, the engine section. The engine section comprises the lowest portion of the massive core stage of the deep […]

MOON’S SOUTH POLE IN NASA’S LANDING SITES

NASA is working right now to send American astronauts to the surface of the Moon in five years, and the agency has its sights set on a place no humans have ever gone before: the lunar South Pole. Water is a critical resource for long-term exploration, and that’s one of the main reasons NASA will […]

NASA’S DEEP SPACE EXPLORATION SYSTEM IS COMING TOGETHER

NASA will soon return humans to the Moon for decades to come, and the system that will transport astronauts from Earth to the Gateway near the Moon is literally coming together. Building on progress in 2018, most of the major manufacturing for the first mission is complete, and this year, teams will focus on final […]

NASA SEEKS INFORMATION FOR GATEWAY CARGO DELIVERY SERVICES

NASA will lead the development of the Gateway, a permanent spaceship orbiting the Moon, to serve as a home base for human and robotic missions to the surface of the Moon and ultimately, Mars. The first orbiting lunar laboratory will be a temporary home and office for astronauts for up to three months at a […]

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