Orion Spacecraft

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Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor building the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, NASA’s first spacecraft designed for long-duration, human-rated deep space exploration. Orion will transport humans to interplanetary destinations beyond low Earth orbit, such as asteroids, the moon and eventually Mars, and return them safely back to Earth.

Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), launched December 5, 2014, was the first high orbital test flight for the Orion spacecraft. The flight tested systems that are critical to crew safety. EFT-1 was a significant step forward for America’s space program; it was our first step on a journey to Mars.

 

WHAT DID WE LEARN FROM EFT-1?
We pushed Orion’s systems to the limit, and the lessons we learned will shape every future deep space mission and keep crews safe.


EFT-1 provided engineers with data about systems critical to crew safety such as heat shield performance, separation events, avionics and software, attitude control and guidance, parachute deployment, and recovery operations. This data helps to validate designs of the spacecraft before it begins carrying humans to new destinations in deep space.

 

Getting Ready for Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1)

During Exploration Mission-1, Orion will travel thousands of miles beyond the moon over the course of about three-weeks. To get ready for that mission a full-size test version of Orion's service module provided by the European Space Agency (ESA) will be tested at NASA's Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, Ohio. Testing of the service module begins in early 2016. Image: NASA

 

Lockheed Martin engineers successfully completed testing of design changes made to the spacecraft’s fairing separation system. The successful test was completed on July, 30, 2015. These changes resulted from data collected during Orion’s first test flight on Dec. 5, 2014.

 

About Orion:

Orion is the most reliable, safe and affordable option to provide human spaceflight to destinations in deep space such as asteroids, the moon, and Mars.

RADIATION PROTECTION Deep space radiation can seriously harm astronauts and damage critical equipment. Mars-bound spacecraft will need upgraded radiation protection to safeguard crew.

 

RADIATION EXPOSURE:

3 DAYS ON MARS =

1 YEAR ON EARTH

KEEPING ASTRONAUTS HEALTHY AND SAFE  

 

 

EARTH INDEPENDENT