The Next - Generation Spacecraft



NASA Premieres ‘Trial By Fire’ Video on Orion’s Flight Test

As the flight test of NASA’s Orion spacecraft nears, the agency released Wednesday a video -- called "Trial By Fire" -- detailing the spacecraft’s test and the critical systems engineers will evaluate during the Dec. 4 flight.

Orion is in the final stages of preparation for the uncrewed flight test that will take it 3,600 miles above Earth on a 4.5-hour mission to test many of the systems necessary for future human missions into deep space. After two orbits, Orion will reenter Earth’s atmosphere at almost 20,000 miles per hour, and reach temperatures near 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit before its parachute system deploys to slow the spacecraft for a splashdown in the Pacific Ocean.


On future missions, Orion will carry astronauts farther into the solar system than ever before, including to an asteroid and Mars.

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Send Your Name on NASA’s Journey to Mars, Starting with Orion’s First Flight

If only your name could collect frequent flyer miles. NASA is inviting the public to send their names on a microchip to destinations beyond low-Earth orbit, including Mars.

Your name will begin its journey on a dime-sized microchip when the agency’s Orion spacecraft launches Dec. 4 on its first flight, designated Exploration Flight Test-1. After a 4.5 hour, two-orbit mission around Earth to test Orion’s systems, the spacecraft will travel back through the atmosphere at speeds approaching 20,000 mph and temperatures near 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit, before splashing down in the Pacific Ocean.


Send your name to Mars on Orion

But the journey for your name doesn’t end there. After returning to Earth, the names will fly on future NASA exploration flights and missions to Mars. With each flight, selected individuals will accrue more miles as members of a global space-faring society.

"NASA is pushing the boundaries of exploration and working hard to send people to Mars in the future,” said Mark Geyer, Orion Program manager. "When we set foot on the Red Planet, we’ll be exploring for all of humanity. Flying these names will enable people to be part of our journey."

The deadline for receiving a personal “boarding pass” on Orion’s test flight closes Friday Oct. 31. The public will have an opportunity to keep submitting names beyond Oct. 31 to be included on future test flights and future NASA missions to Mars.

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Join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #JourneyToMars.

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NASA’s Space Power Facility Getting Ready to Shake Orion Up

What does it feel like to sit on top of a rocket with 8.6 million pounds of thrust? A table in Sandusky, Ohio, could give you a taste.

The 22-foot-wide, 55,000-pound vibration-simulating table was delivered to Glenn Research Center’s Space Power Facility at the Plum Brook Station in Sandusky this week. It uses four horizontal servo-hydraulic actuators and 16 vertical to vibrate the table in such a way that a spacecraft set on top of it would experience the same amount of shaking that it could expect when launching on top of a rocket.


It’s a valuable asset for a spacecraft like Orion, which on its second mission will be launching on top of a rocket more powerful than any currently in existence – NASA’s new Space Launch System rocket.

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“Launch is the most dynamic and dangerous part of spaceflight,” said Jerry Carek, Space Power Facility manager. “It takes an incredible amount of power for a rocket to boost a spacecraft like Orion into space. And all that power results in intense shaking. Spacecraft systems have to be specially designed to work in spite of the vibration – this table lets us test them to make sure that they do.”

The table is just the newest addition to the Space Power Facility, which is also home to the world’s largest vacuum chamber and the world’s most powerful acoustic testing chamber for spacecraft. With this delivery, it now counts itself home to the world’s highest capacity and most-powerful spacecraft shaker system, as well.

“The Orion program was looking for a place to do some one-stop shop testing,” said Nicole Smith, project manager for Orion testing at Glenn. “That’s what this facility is. We can completely simulate the environment Orion will see during spaceflight.”

Orion testing at the facility will begin with the European Space Agency-built service module that will fly on Orion’s second mission, Exploration Mission-1. It will also be used to verify that Orion’s crew module can sustain the vibrations of not only launch, but a launch abort, when the Orion launch abort system would be used to pull the crew module away from an emergency on the launch pad or in the early stages of ascent. If necessary, it can carry the crew to a peak height of about one mile at 42 times the speed of a drag race car.

› Read more about the agreement for a European-provided Orion service module

A total of five Orion tests are already planned, with the first one targeted for next spring.



A Masterpiece and Outstanding Hightechnological Spacecraft of the next - generation, which will bring The Human Spaceflight deeper into Space than ever before. As Flagship of the United States and ready for Exploration Flight Test 1 in 2014, The Orion MPCV will begin a New Era of Spaceflight history to far beyond Low Earth Orbit. Rigorously Tested, and Designed to be Flexible for Crew, Cargo and Instrumental Missions, the Orion will be the State - of - the Art Spacecraft, for Human Exploration needs the coming decades. To reach the goals and extended deep space missions up to 6 months, Orion Engineers developed This next - generation Spacecraft with unique life support, propulsion, thermal protections and avionic systems .

The ORION MPCV With Solar Panels



The Orion has 4 Seats for Lunar Missions, and 6 for non - Lunar. Has a diameter of around 5 Metre ( 16.5 feet ) and Powered By Solar Panels . The Launch date is planned for 2014 and the Contractor was Lockheed Martin. Mass 22.7 Metric tons. And the budget for development is estimated at $8 billions . The Inhabitable volume of the Orion is 380 cubic feet .



The Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle is Designed and Created to meet the evolving needs of The United States and The World's beyond low Earth Orbit Space Exploration Programs for the coming decades, perhaps Centuries. Dozens of Technology Advancements and Innovations from more than 50 Years Experience Spaceflight Research and Development are Incorporated into the Design and Subsystem of the Spacecraft.


Orion spacecraft including the ATV derived Service Module with a propulsion stage attached at the back




The ORION MPCV Parachute Flight Test 2014 January 16 in Arizona .
The ORION MPCV and The SLS. The Space Launch System











The Human Research Program, has the resposibility and mission to discover and apply the Best methods and technologies to support safe, productive far beyond low Earth Orbit Human Space Travels .
As the Flagship of The United States next - generation Space fleet,The ORION will push the envelope and Exploration needs of Human Spaceflight far beyond low Earth Orbit.


The SLS or The Space Launch System is the high - lifted Rocket which will Launch the Orion in the Upcoming Missions Into Deep Space.




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