Good to go Orion

Go Orion

Go Flight


Thurs launch scrub, the launch team has tentatively set a liftoff time of 7:05 a.m. EST, the opening of a 2-hour, 39 minute window just as today. (Dec 4,2014)  We will begin our launch coverage at 6 a.m. tomorrow on NASA TV and on the Orion blog. Tune into the blog and for continuing updates throughout the day.

NASA TV will air to in-depth briefings today about Orion and its place in NASA’s plans to explore deep space including an eventual journey to Mars. NASA TV stream at Journey to Mars briefing from NASA Headquarters and Kennedy Space Center, the Orion Flight Test Status and Overview briefing.

NASA’s newest spacecraft, Orion, will be launching into space for the first time in December 2014, on a flight that will take it farther than any spacecraft built to carry humans has gone in more than 40 years and through temperatures twice as hot as molten lava to put its critical systems to the test.

Video uploaded by U Tube user ReelNASA

Orion: Heat Shield

Orion  Heat Shield

Orion’s heat shield has to endure temperatures near 4000 degrees Fahrenheit.  Engineer Molly White explains how it works in this video.

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NASA launches Orion space capsule aboard Delta IV

Friday Dec 05, 2014

We’ll be relishing this launch for 4 years until the next mission test in 2018 and yet a new heavier payload lift rocket The SLS (Space Launch System)

In the mean time a lot has gone into this Bird.Lockheed Martin prime contrctor Orion

Lockheed Martin leads the Orion industry team which includes major subcontractors Aerojet Rocketdyne, United Technologies Aerospace Systems, and Honeywell, as well as an expansive network of minor subcontractors and small businesses in 45 states across the country.

In addition, Lockheed Martin contracts with hundreds of small businesses across the United States through an expansive supply chain network. There are approximately 3,000 people who work on the Orion program nationwide, including contractors, civil servants, subcontractors, suppliers and small businesses.

Just like The Space Shuttle, bring many in on this, together.  Great work Crew and thanks for the Lift!

Video uploaded by U Tube user PBS NewsHour

Astronaut’s-Eye View of NASA’s Orion Spacecraft Re-entry

New video recorded during NASA’s Orion return through Earth’s atmosphere provides viewers a taste of what the vehicle endured as it returned through Earth’s atmosphere during its Dec. 5 flight test.  Never seen before, hot ionized gas surrounds Orion as it enters Earth atmosphere at 20,000 mph.

The video begins 10 minutes before Orion’s 11:29 a.m. EST splashdown in the Pacific Ocean, just as the spacecraft was beginning to experience Earth’s atmosphere. Peak heating from the friction caused by the atmosphere rubbing against Orion’s heat shield comes less than two minutes later, and the footage shows the plasma created by the interaction change from white to yellow to lavender to magenta as the temperature increases. The video goes on to show the deployment of Orion’s parachutes and the final splash as it touches down.

Video uploaded by U Tube user ReelNASA


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