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.

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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!

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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.

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New Path in Space

About Reel NASA

Get off my planet.  Give me my space.

Get real with Reel NASA.

Space travel always has been the stuff of science fiction movies.  NASA, however, has picked up where the likes of Jules Verne and Stanley Kubrick left off–remaking the story of space exploration in fact.

NASA made its boots for walking on the moon.  Those boots not only left an impression on the moon’s dusty surface but also on the minds of millions of people.

The men and women of the space program are working hard to build upon those historic steps.  The once giant leap of mankind will now be the stepping stone for even greater giant leaps as the moon one day becomes a pit stop on the road to beyond.

Pink Floyd dared to ask: is anybody out there?  NASA dares to answer this question.

Roll cameras!   These reels show the action behind the real story at NASA.  That’s one small click.

That intro of about was from Reel NASA on their U Tube channel!

NASA is the shit,  and once again you will feel the pride in what America is really about.  Just like the Shuttle we all will rise (people of the planet) together with NASA.

Take a hike Jack Wagons (there’s reruns of Gumby and Pokey for you,  get it?) were going to get Mr. Sluggo to tie you to the pad during lift off!

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Exploration Flight Test-1 Orion Animation

This animation depicts the proposed test flight of the Orion spacecraft in 2014.

During the test, which is called Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), Orion will launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla., perform two orbits, reaching an altitude higher than any achieved by a spacecraft intended for human use since 1973, and then will re-enter and land in the Pacific Ocean off the west coast of the United States.

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New Heavy-Lift Rocket to Take Humans Far Beyond Earth

Animation depicting the design of NASA’s new Space Launch System that will take the agency’s astronauts farther into space than ever before, create high-quality jobs here at home, and provide the cornerstone for America’s future human space exploration efforts.

This new heavy-lift rocket will be America’s most powerful since the Saturn V rocket that carried Apollo astronauts to the moon and will launch humans to places no one has gone before.

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Orion NASA’S Next Ride

Orion spacecraft:


On January 14, 2004, President George W. Bush announced the Orion spacecraft, known then as the Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV), as part of the Vision for Space Exploration:

Our second goal is to develop and test a new spacecraft, the Crew Exploration Vehicle, by 2008, and to conduct the first manned mission no later than 2014. The Crew Exploration Vehicle will be capable of ferrying astronauts and scientists to the Space Station after the shuttle is retired. But the main purpose of this spacecraft will be to carry astronauts beyond our orbit to other worlds. This will be the first spacecraft of its kind since the Apollo Command Module.

The proposal to create the Orion spacecraft was partly a reaction to the Space Shuttle Columbia accident, the subsequent findings and report by the Columbia Accident Investigation Board (CAIB), and the White House’s review of the American space program. The Orion spacecraft effectively replaced the conceptual Orbital Space Plane (OSP), which itself was proposed after the failure of the Lockheed Martin X-33 program to produce a replacement for the space shuttle.

The name is derived from the constellation of Orion, and was also used on the Apollo 16 Lunar Module that carried astronauts John W. Young and Charlie Duke to the lunar surface in April 1972.

After the replacement of Sean O’Keefe, NASA’s procurement schedule and strategy completely changed, as described above. In July 2004, before he was named NASA administrator, Michael Griffin participated in a study called “Extending Human Presence Into the Solar System” for The Planetary Society, as a co-team leader. The study offers a strategy for carrying out Project Constellation in an affordable and achievable manner. Since Griffin was one of the leaders of the study, it can be assumed that he agrees with its conclusions, and the study may show insight into possible future developments of the CEV. Griffin’s actions as administrator supported the goals of the plan.

According to the executive summary, the study was built around “a staged approach to human exploration beyond low Earth orbit (LEO).” It recommends that Project Constellation be carried out in three distinct stages. These are:

  • Stage 1 – “Features the development of a new crew exploration vehicle (CEV), the completion of the International Space Station (ISS), and an early retirement of the shuttle orbiter. Orbiter retirement would be made as soon as the ISS U.S. Core is completed (perhaps only 6 or 7 flights) and the smallest number of additional flights necessary to satisfy our international partners’ ISS requirements. Money saved by early orbiter retirement would be used to accelerate the CEV development schedule to minimize or eliminate any hiatus in U.S. capability to reach and return from LEO.”
  • Stage 2 – “Requires the development of additional assets, including an uprated CEV capable of extended missions of many months in interplanetary space. Habitation, laboratory, consumables, and propulsion modules, to enable human flight to the vicinities of the Moon and Mars, the Lagrange points, and certain near-Earth asteroids.”
  • Stage 3 – “Development of human-rated planetary landers is completed in Stage 3, allowing human missions to the surface of the Moon and Mars beginning around 2020.”

A number of changes to the original CEV acquisition strategy were explained in a NASA study called the Exploration Systems Architecture Study. The results were presented at a news conference held on September 19, 2005. The ESAS recommends strategies for flying the manned Orion by 2014, and endorses a Lunar Orbit Rendezvous approach to the Moon. The LEO versions of Orion was intended carry crews of four to six to the ISS. The lunar version of the Orion would carry a crew of four and the Mars Orion would carry six. Cargo would also be carried aboard an unmanned version of Orion, similar to the Russian Progress cargo ships. The contractor for the Orion is Lockheed Martin, which was selected by NASA in September, 2006 and is the current contractor for the Space Shuttle’s External Tank and the Atlas V EELV.

The Orion spacecraft (CEV) will be an Apollo-like capsule, not a lifting body or winged vehicle like the current Shuttle. Like the Apollo Command Module, Orion would be attached to a service module for life support and propulsion. It is intended to land in water but past versions had included plans for it to land on land. Landing on the west coast would allow the majority of the reentry path to be flown over the Pacific Ocean rather than populated areas. Orion will have an AVCOAT ablative heat shield that would be discarded after each use.

The Orion spacecraft (CEV) would weigh about 25 tons (23 tonnes) … almost four times the mass of the Apollo Command Module at 6.4 tons (5.8 tonnes) … and, with a diameter of 16.5 feet (5 metres) vice 12.8 feet (3.9 metres) provide 2.5 times greater volume.

Accelerated lunar mission development is slated to start by 2010, once the Shuttle is retired. The Lunar Surface Access Module (LSAM) and heavy-lift boosters would be developed in parallel and would both be ready for flight by 2018. The eventual goal is to achieve a lunar landing by 2020. The LSAM would be much larger than the Apollo Lunar Module and is anticipated to be capable of carrying up to around 23 tons (21 tonnes) of cargo to the lunar surface to support a lunar outpost (t.b.d.). This weight in cargo is greater than the mass of the entire Apollo Lunar Module.

Like the Apollo Lunar Module, the LSAM would include a descent stage for landing and an ascent stage for returning to orbit. The crew of four would ride in the ascent stage. The ascent stage would be powered by a methane/oxygen fuel for return to lunar orbit (later changed to liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen, due to the infancy of oxygen/methane rocket propulsion). This would allow a derivative of the same lander to be used on later Mars missions, where methane propellant can be manufactured from the Martian soil in a process known as in-situ resource utilization (ISRU). The LSAM would support the crew of four on the lunar surface for about a week and use advanced roving vehicles to explore the lunar surface. The huge amount of cargo carried by the LSAM would be extremely beneficial for supporting a lunar base and for bringing large amounts of scientific equipment to the lunar surface.

The Lewis and Clark expedition continues fallowed  by another Neil Armstrong landing, Mars anyone?