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.
ORION WATER IMPACT TEST
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.
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.
3 DAYS ON MARS =
1 YEAR ON EARTH
|KEEPING ASTRONAUTS HEALTHY AND SAFE||